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21 Oct Pacific Loon, Barrie Today [Garth Riley via ONTBIRDS ]
20 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (20 Oct 2014) 43 Raptors []
20 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (20 Oct 2014) 2162 Raptors []
20 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2014) 2417 Raptors []
20 Oct Townsend's Solitaire [Dave Martin ]
20 Oct 4 Pacific Loons, Black-legged Kittiwake, etc. Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie [Brett Fried ]
19 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (19 Oct 2014) 4997 Raptors []
19 Oct OFO Amherst Island outing [Mike Burrell ]
19 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (19 Oct 2014) 2780 Raptors []
19 Oct Cranberry Marsh Hawk Watch- Oct 19 ["Rayfield Pye" ]
19 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (19 Oct 2014) 7174 Raptors []
19 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (18 Oct 2014) 2839 Raptors []
19 Oct Iroquois Shoreline October 19th. [Mike Williamson ]
19 Oct Large Flock of TVs over Oakville [Rod Murray ]
19 Oct OFO Outing Durham Waterfront - 81 species including Golden Eagle ["Geoff Carpentier" ]
19 Oct 2 Pacific Loons, Black-legged Kittiwake, etc. Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie [Amanda Guercio ]
19 Oct Another Lesser Black-backed Gull, Haliburton [Poropat/Fraser ]
19 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (18 Oct 2014) 2401 Raptors []
18 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (18 Oct 2014) 1903 Raptors []
18 Oct Cranberry Marsh Hawk Watch- Oct 18 ["Rayfield Pye" ]
18 Oct Turkey Vulture with a Transmitter [alfred adamo ]
18 Oct OFO Young Birders Trip at Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto []
18 Oct Iroquois Shoreline October 18th [Mike Williamson ]
18 Oct Sarnia Trumpeter Swans, Parasitic Jaeger, Little Gull, etc. ["Blake A. Mann" ]
18 Oct Lesser Black-backed Gull, Haliburton [Poropat/Fraser ]
18 Oct Pacific Loon at Oshawa found on TOC outing today ["Geoff Carpentier" ]
18 Oct Black-legged Kittiwake Still Present- Barrie [David Szmyr ]
18 Oct Black-legged Kittiwake- Barrie [David Szmyr ]
17 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (17 Oct 2014) 845 Raptors []
17 Oct Long Point Bird Observatory Update to October 17 [Stuart Mackenzie ]
17 Oct Re: Rare heron type bird possibly- Fayette county 40516 ["Weseloh,Chip [Ontario]" ]
17 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (17 Oct 2014) 26 Raptors []
17 Oct Kingston Area Birds: 10th - 17th October 2014 ["Mark D. Read" ]
17 Oct Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, October 17, 2014 [Cheryl Edgecombe ]
17 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (17 Oct 2014) 785 Raptors []
17 Oct North Bay Ross's Goose - likely a hybrid [Josh Vandermeulen ]
17 Oct Fox Sparrows at Jack Pine in Ottawa [Brian Mortimer ]
17 Oct West Perth Wetlands - Waterfowl and Shorebirds ["Dave & Tracey Brown" ]
16 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (16 Oct 2014) 143 Raptors []
16 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (16 Oct 2014) 341 Raptors []
16 Oct Evening grosbeaks at Ottawa [Michael Tate ]
16 Oct Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending October 16, 2014. [Fred Helleiner ]
16 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (16 Oct 2014) 552 Raptors []
16 Oct High Park Weekend [Tim McCarthy ]
16 Oct Black-backed woodpecker at ottawa [Michael Tate ]
16 Oct Raven in Ajax [Dave Bailey ]
16 Oct Ottawa/Gatineau - October 16, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak ]
16 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (15 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors (Correction) []
16 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (15 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors []
15 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (15 Oct 2014) 165 Raptors []
15 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (15 Oct 2014) 371 Raptors []
15 Oct Pacific Loon - Barrie [Josh Vandermeulen ]
15 Oct Cattle Egret, North of Wheatley [Mike Nelson ]
15 Oct Cackling Geese (2), Merlin, Greater Yellowleg [Luc Fazio ]
15 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (14 Oct 2014) 2 Raptors []
15 Oct RE Ross's Goose sightings in Eastern Ontario [Brian Morin ]
15 Oct Re: Ottawa Ross's Goose - hybrid origin [Andrew Keaveney ]
14 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (14 Oct 2014) 2 Raptors []
14 Oct Snow Geese east of Casselman [Brian Morin ]
14 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (14 Oct 2014) 36 Raptors []
14 Oct Ross's Goose, North Bay [Brent Turcotte via ONTBIRDS ]
14 Oct Hudsonian Godwit STILL at Presqu'ile ["Bree, David (MNR)" ]
13 Oct Juncos ["Bill and Nancy Logan" ]
14 Oct Lake Dore [mark gawn ]
13 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (13 Oct 2014) 55 Raptors []
13 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (12 Oct 2014) 1589 Raptors []
13 Oct Laughing Gull - Wheatley Harbour [Henrique Pacheco ]
13 Oct Re: Laughing Gull - Wheatley Harbour [Henrique Pacheco ]
13 Oct Cattle Egret, Mitchell's Bay Marine Park today... [Bill CORNELL ]
13 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (13 Oct 2014) Raptors []
12 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (12 Oct 2014) 95 Raptors []
13 Oct White-eyed Vireo, nr Westport. []
12 Oct Toronto Islands - Sedge Wren and Black-billed Cuckoo [Norm Murr ]
12 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (12 Oct 2014) 4805 Raptors []
12 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (11 Oct 2014) 4198 Raptors []
12 Oct Tripod found, Snow & Cackling Geese, Reesor Pond, Markham [Rick Lauzon ]

Subject: Pacific Loon, Barrie Today
From: Garth Riley via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:22:49 +0000 (UTC)
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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (20 Oct 2014) 43 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Oct 2014 23:10:54 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              34          19015          19135
Osprey                       0             35            118
Bald Eagle                   0             18             76
Northern Harrier             3            186            579
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4           2903           7479
Cooper's Hawk                0            111            181
Northern Goshawk             0              4              5
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             67             67
Broad-winged Hawk            0            142          70706
Red-tailed Hawk              0            689            715
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              5              5
American Kestrel             1            651           2396
Merlin                       1             29             71
Peregrine Falcon             0            115            160
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      43          23971         101695
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 11:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Carnahan

Observers:        Keith Sealy

Visitors:
A couple of visitors today...Liz and Heather. 


Weather:
Another gloomy, damp, SW-windy day after a great weekend of hawk watching.
Temp got to a high of 12C.

Raptor Observations:
Total birds counted in the 3-hour watch were 43, with TVs in the majority
(34), Sharp-shinned hawks next (4), followed by Northern Harriers (3) and 1
each of Merlin and American Kestrel.



At 8:00 AM 4 local Bald Eagles were circling above the parking area and the
adjacent cornfield.  Bald Eagles continued to cruise the cliff throughout
the first hour, a good thing because the first countable bird didn't appear
until 45 minutes into the watch (a Northern Harrier right along the cliff).
An all around slooow day.

Non-raptor Observations:
From about 8:45 to 10:00 AM, many flocks of passerines appeared to the
north of the observations knoll, including mixed Blackbirds, lots of Am.
Robins, some Bluejays, a persistent flock of Northern Starlings, Eastern
Bluebirds, Am. Goldfinch and Cedar Waxwings.  Along the cliff was the
endless Gull, mainly Ring-billed and Herring, but late into the watch a
flock of Bonaparte's also passed by.  As well, Red-breated Mergansers,
Mallards, Canada Geese, a flock of Wood ducks and 1 Tree Swallow were seen
along the Cliff and a single Cormorant did a fly-by about mid-morning.  In
the bushes and trees at the knoll were many Robins, a Phoebe, several
Yellow-rumps and 1 Blackpoll Warbler, Golden- and Ruby-crowned Kinglets,
White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows, DE Juncos, a Red-bellied
Woodpecker, song Sparrow and a Carolina Wren.

Predictions:
There's still a chance of rain on Tuesday...but winds are forecast to be
from the NE so if the rain holds off there will likely be birds on move.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm



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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (20 Oct 2014) 2162 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Oct 2014 21:10:22 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture            2030          29520          31725
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                   1             67            204
Northern Harrier             7             99            327
Sharp-shinned Hawk         110           2007           6541
Cooper's Hawk                5             73            224
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             41             80
Broad-winged Hawk            1             29          36335
Red-tailed Hawk              3            396            651
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              1              6
American Kestrel             1            269            975
Merlin                       1             12             59
Peregrine Falcon             1             24             42
Unknown Accipiter            1              3             18
Unknown Buteo                0             26             53
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              4              5
Unknown Raptor               1             13             36
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                    2162          32605          77337
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        

Visitors:
9 visitors today from North Bay and Cambridge.


Weather:
Winds ranged from 3-16km/h coming from the S and SW and temperatures were
between 10 and 14C. There were a few periods of drizzle throughout the day
and mostly complete cloud cover.

Raptor Observations:
Just over 2000 Turkey Vultures migrated today and another large kettle
(~300 birds) spent the last hour and a half of the count deciding whether
or not to migrate, but decided to roost at the entrance to the park
instead; they were filling the dead trees along the way out. A tail-less
Turkey Vulture won Funniest Bird of the Day, unfortunately it couldn't be
made into a Black Vulture! Another highlight was a juvenile Northern
Harrier that swooped really low over the tower, allowing for a great look!
Sharp-shinned Hawks put in a good showing with 110 and it was nice to have
another 3-species falcon day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Crows, Starlings, and Blue Jays were abundant again today, and kinglets,
sparrows and Yellow-rumped warblers were around the tower as well. A small
flock of Greater Yellowlegs flew by with one Lesser Yellowlegs among them,
making the size difference very apparent! One Monarch butterfly seems to be
confused as it was going to the East this afternoon. See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20291943

Predictions:
Winds are expected from the NW which should bring in more good numbers of
vultures, hopefully with some larger hawks in the mix. Maybe we'll have a
lucky Golden Eagle day!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT mail.uoguelph.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2014) 2417 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Oct 2014 17:10:18 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            2240          40552          43768
Osprey                       0             11             55
Bald Eagle                   0             39            204
Northern Harrier            12             56            261
Sharp-shinned Hawk         153            921           3739
Cooper's Hawk                2            107            306
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             33             34
Broad-winged Hawk            0            160         184849
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              0            345            639
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             7             84            542
Merlin                       0             10             41
Peregrine Falcon             0             25             44
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             19
Unknown Buteo                0              5             13
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             23

Total:                    2417          42361         234545
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Patrick Mulawa

Visitors:
1


Weather:
Some early rain delayed the start of the count. After the rain, the skies
cleared for a time but soon enough gray clouds rolled in again. The wind
was moderate and out of the southwest all day.

Raptor Observations:
Once the rain cleared, Sharp-shinned Hawks and Northern Harriers were up
and active, pushing past in bunches. But then the clouds returned and our
flight waned, leaving us with little but vultures to count in the
afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Crow (1200+), Blue Jay (500+), Pine Siskin (90+), Common Loon (1)

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy with strong north wind and a 50 percent chance of light rain.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire
From: Dave Martin <damartin AT xplornet.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:50:54 -0400
A Townsend's Solitaire was well seen by Mike and Nancy Cowlard yesterday 
[Oct 19] afternoon  about 4 pm at Aylmer Wildlife Management Area [WMA].

Linda Wladarski and I joined them for three hours of searching this 
morning [Oct 20] but were unable to refind the bird.

Even so, we are posting this sighting as a head's-up because the huge 
bumper crop of fruit on the several acres of shrubs and trees has 
attracted 1000s of starlings, robins and waxwings. Our failure to find 
the Solitaire this morning may be due more to the sheer number of birds 
present than to some indication it has moved on.

To start a search park at the main viewing stand and walk to the south 
to the trail that heads south to Mockingbird Circle and eventually to 
the back viewing stand.

Along the way, you will pass through acres of every conceivable kind of 
fruiting shrub [mostly non-native].

Yesterday, the Solitaire was feeding on grapes from a vine growing on 
the chain link fence beside the small, ground level viewing building.

Hopefully it is still around and someone else will refind it. Please 
post if you do.

*Directions: *
Aylmer WMA is northeast of Aylmer in Elgin County. From Hwy 401 drive 
south from Exit 203 on Elgin Road / Hwy 73 which becomes Imperial Road 
once you are in Elgin County. Turn left/east on College Line. Turn 
right/south on Hacienda Road and drive to the south end of the Ontario 
Police College. Turn left/east and follow the laneway to the viewing 
stands.


Dave Martin
damartin AT xplornet.com









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Subject: 4 Pacific Loons, Black-legged Kittiwake, etc. Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie
From: Brett Fried <fried_632 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:06:47 -0400
Birders,

Today Barb Charlton and I braved the weather to come and look for the Pacific 
Loons report here in the bay. We are currently scoping from Minets Point Park 
and much to our surprise when we were viewing the alternate plumage adult and 
the juvenile bird a second alternate plumage Pacific Loon came into view. While 
we were scoping the two adults and recovering from the excitement of three 
Pacific Loons, a fourth adult Pacific Loon drifted through our scope view! We 
are quite aware this is an unprecedented number of Pacific Loons but we saw all 
three adults clearly and at the same time amongst the 1400 or so Common Loons. 
There are several Red-throated Loons in the area as well. 


The Black-legged Kittiwake is still present near the marina as are over a dozen 
Little Gulls. 


We have been viewing from various vantage point since 8am. The weather is poor 
and has been raining off and on all morning. 


Cheers and good luck,

Brett Fried and Barb Charlton

Sent from my iPhone


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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (19 Oct 2014) 4997 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Oct 2014 22:10:57 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            4170          18981          19101
Osprey                       1             35            118
Bald Eagle                   4             18             76
Northern Harrier            14            183            576
Sharp-shinned Hawk         281           2899           7475
Cooper's Hawk               16            111            181
Northern Goshawk             1              4              5
Red-shouldered Hawk         59             67             67
Broad-winged Hawk            6            142          70706
Red-tailed Hawk            436            689            715
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 3              5              5
American Kestrel             5            650           2395
Merlin                       1             28             70
Peregrine Falcon             0            115            160
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                    4997          23928         101652
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Dave Brown

Observers:        Cary Graham, Chris Burris, Don Campbell, Don Taylor,
                  Eric Jeffery, Ernie Gribble, Jim Dunn, Mac McAlpine,
                  Mary Carnahan, Phoebe Campbell, Ronnie Goodhand

Visitors:
A ton of visitors today...Darlene Hardy and Glen Jacobs (Mississauga), Paul
N., Robin B., Mike M., Jesse K. and Cayleah M. (London), Judy (Waterloo),
Dan Taves (London) and many others...and thanks to all the volunteer
observers that came out to help today...Chris B., Mac, Jim, Mary, Keith,
Eric J., Ronnie, Ernie, Don T., Don and Phoebe C., Paul T., Cary G. and Ken
Wootton.


Weather:
After some initial overcast burned off the day shaped up nicely with mixed
sun and cloud with moderate NW winds. The temp was cold to start at 1C and
eventually got to a high of 10C. Unfortunately, the winds backed to
straight W and then quickly to SW by mid-afternoon which pretty much
scattered the flight and shut it down for the day.

Raptor Observations:
A much nicer day to spend at the hawkwatch and a pretty good flight with
the birds making their move with the better weather conditions.  We had a
total of 4,997 birds today with many birds providing nice views before the
flight gained height as the morning progressed.



Best birds of the day included 3 Golden Eagles with 2 of them arriving
right overhead for excellent viewing and photo ops and another young
Northern Goshawk that passed us to our south heading westward.  Many of the
visitors were excited to get good looks at low Red-shouldered Hawks with
several adults and juvies.



Lots of Redtails (436) migrating today and Red-shoulders (59) and we still
had a few Broadwings (6). Lots more Sharpies (281) and Cooper's Hawks (16)
but only a few falcons with Kestrels (5) and Merlins (1).  We counted just
a couple Bald Eagles as migrants. 

Non-raptor Observations:
A very busy early morning for the passerines with flock after flock of
various species passing overhead starting at first light. Many of these
flocks were E. Bluebirds and I tallied 20+ in one flock alone. Other flocks
included Rusty Blackbirds, Purple Finches, Am. Pipits, Horned Larks, Pine
Siskins, Am. Robins, Am. Goldfinches, Red-winged Blackbirds and still lots
of Blue Jays.



Other non-raptors...some warblers (Nashville, Yellow-rumps, Blackpoll, Am.
Redstart), both GC and RC Kinglets, Brown Creeper, Winter and Carolina
Wrens, Chipping and White-throated Sparrows, DE Junco, a late Swainson's
Thrush along with some Hermit Thrushes, White-breasted Nuthatch,
Woodpeckers (Hairy, Downy, Red-bellied and N. Flicker) and Vireos (Red-eyed
and Blue-headed), several Tree Swallows and a Great Blue Heron.

Predictions:
Sounds like more wet weather for Monday...and winds from the SW...so not
sure there will be much of a flight.  However, looking toward mid-week
conditions really improve so we'll have to see if it holds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm



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Subject: OFO Amherst Island outing
From: Mike Burrell <mike.burrell.on AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:01:53 -0400
15 birders joined me on a great day out in the Kingston area for the OFO
outing to Amherst Island. On the island we visited the Martin Edwards
Reserve and the Owl Woods and then on the mainland we visited the
Amherstview Sewage Lagoons.

It was a great day to be out with lots of birds everywhere we visited and a
total of 88 species. Highlights included:
-1 "blue morph" Snow Goose flying over at the Martin Edwards Reserve (MER)
-1 Cackling Goose at Amherstview Sewage Lagoons
-1 Northern Goshawk seen by the whole group amongst a small raptor flight
at MER
-1 Snowy Owl at MER (has been present all summer)
-point blank views of a breeding plumaged Horned Grebe off MER
-2 Lapland Longspurs and 5 Snow Buntings at MER
-late Pine and Palm Warblers along the north shore of Amherst Island and a
late American Redstart in the Owl Woods
-hundreds of sparrows of 11 species

Please note that you must be a member of the Kingston Field Naturalists
(KFN) or be accompanied by a member to access the Martin Edwards Reserve.
The same holds for the Amherstview Sewage Lagoons (or obtain permission).

Here are the full results from each location:
Hwy 401 carpool lot:
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20280499
Amherst Island Ferry:
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20280549
North shore road to MER:
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20280629
Martin Edwards Reserve:
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20280900
South shore road between MER and Owl Woods:
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20280939
South shore road between Owl Woods and ferry dock:
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20280964
Ferry: http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20281101
Amherstview Sewage Lagoons:
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20281156

Thanks to everyone on the trip who helped spot birds and made for a fun day
out.

Mike

---------------------------------------------------------
Mike Burrell
mike.burrell.on AT gmail.com
http://burrellbirding.ca/
Blog: http://mikeburrell.blogspot.com/
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (19 Oct 2014) 2780 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Oct 2014 21:10:36 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture            2691          27490          29695
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                  10             66            203
Northern Harrier             3             92            320
Sharp-shinned Hawk          50           1897           6431
Cooper's Hawk                0             68            219
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             41             80
Broad-winged Hawk            1             28          36334
Red-tailed Hawk             23            393            648
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              1              6
American Kestrel             1            268            974
Merlin                       0             11             58
Peregrine Falcon             0             23             41
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             17
Unknown Buteo                0             26             53
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              4              5
Unknown Raptor               0             12             35
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                    2780          30443          75175
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Cindy Isenhoff

Observers:        Jim McCoy, Larry Ludwicki

Visitors:
Several groups of visitors visited the tower today out enjoying a beautiful
sunny afternoon.  Visitors were from Windsor and Leamington areas.  Most
had been to the park previously, but had not experienced the "Hawk Watch",
so Larry and I did our best to convince them to return.  Special thanks to
Larry Ludwicki for assisting with the count from begining to end--and
making a coffee run to warm us up part way thru the morning!


Weather:
What a beautiful fall day on the tower!  Sunny skies, just a little haze at
the edge of the marsh first thing this morning which cleared by 9am.  Some
high whispy clouds stayed the day, just enough to highlight the dark Turkey
Vultures throughout the day.  Winds started from the N, but moved
completely around to S by noon.  Temperatures started at a cool 3.2C
warming to 12.5C at the end of our count.

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures dominated the flight once again today, numbering 2,691. 
One of the early groups that came low and directly over the tower held a
nice surprise with a Dk Morph Broad-winged Hawk in the mix.  Our other
highlight today was nice male Norther Harrier down the beach in the
afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Crows (2800) and Red-winged Blackbirds (2496) dominated the song
birds species with Blue Jays (2020) coming in a close 3rd. Mixed in the
blackbird flocks were approx 60 Rusty Blackbirds.  There were still 14
Great Egrets roosting this morning in the marsh. Sparrows of multiple
species were also in the shrubs around the tower today.

Predictions:
A slightly warmer but wet day tomorrow with a 50 - 70% chance of showers. 
Winds from the SW early changing to NW toward evening. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Cindy Isenhoff (akahawklady1 AT aol.com)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: Cranberry Marsh Hawk Watch- Oct 19
From: "Rayfield Pye" <raypye AT interlinks.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:15:54 -0400
Cranberry Marsh Hawk Watch
Whitby, Ontario
Sunday, October 19, 2014
(our 25th season)

Species:
Turkey Vulture- 918
Bald Eagle -5
Northern Harrier- 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk- 175
Coopers Hawk- 12
Northern Goshawk- 3
Red-shouldered Hawk- 16
Red-tailed Hawk- 138
Golden Eagle- 3 (sub adults)
American Kestrel- 21
Peregrine Falcon- 1
unidentified- 5

Total Individuals: 1303

Official Counter: Rayfield Pye

Observers: J Ball, C Horner, C Van Goch, N Murr, I Cannell, H Currie, 
B Falls, C Adey, J Skene, 

Weather: moderate to light North-west winds, 40% cloud cover

Other birds: Great Egret- 6 (no wing tags), Sandhill Crane- 9, Common Loon- 6, 

Rusty Blackbird- 6, Common Raven-1, Eastern Bluebird- 4

Monarch Migration: 2

Directions: Exit from the 401 at Brock St. in Whitby. Go south on Brock St.
to Victoria St. Go west on Victoria St. to Halls Road. Go south on Halls Rd
to the 2nd walkway to Cranberry Marsh.

The data will be submitted to HMANA and eBird.

OFO Fall Hawkwatching Guide
http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/articles.hawkwatching

Rayfield Pye
Oshawa
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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (19 Oct 2014) 7174 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Oct 2014 19:10:16 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            6941          38312          41528
Osprey                       0             11             55
Bald Eagle                   9             39            204
Northern Harrier             4             44            249
Sharp-shinned Hawk         111            768           3586
Cooper's Hawk                5            105            304
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         14             30             31
Broad-winged Hawk           10            160         184849
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk             73            345            639
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             5             77            535
Merlin                       0             10             41
Peregrine Falcon             0             25             44
Unknown Accipiter            1              5             19
Unknown Buteo                1              5             13
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             23

Total:                    7174          39944         232128
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Greg Smith, Joan Tisdale

Visitors:
8


Weather:
Sunny and clear at the start, a thin layer of high cloud slowly enveloped
the blue sky as the day progressed. On occasion an unobstructed sun peeked
through to warm us slightly. The wind was light and out of the northwest
early, shifting west later. 

Raptor Observations:
After mid morning lift off, a steady stream of Turkey Vultures wobbled
their usual trajectory, stretching from Canada to the stacks with little
interruption throughout the afternoon. Red-shouldered Hawks joined their
Red-tailed compatriots in better numbers today. But it's the fairly large
number of late Broad-winged Hawks that continues to surprise.

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jay (2500+), American Crow (1500+), Red-winged Blackbird (450+), Tree
Swallow (350+), Rusty Blackbird (20+), Pine Siskin (130+), Horned Lark (6),
Northern Flicker (3), Bonaparte's Gull (80+), Forster's Tern (30+), Gadwall
(2)

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy with moderate southwest wind and a 70 percent chance of rain.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (18 Oct 2014) 2839 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Oct 2014 18:10:06 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            2778          31371          34587
Osprey                       2             11             55
Bald Eagle                   0             30            195
Northern Harrier             2             40            245
Sharp-shinned Hawk          42            657           3475
Cooper's Hawk                3            100            299
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             16             17
Broad-winged Hawk            2            150         184839
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              5            272            566
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             2             72            530
Merlin                       0             10             41
Peregrine Falcon             1             25             44
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             18
Unknown Buteo                0              4             12
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             23

Total:                    2839          32770         224954
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Don Sherwood

Observers:        Raburn Howland

Weather:
Mostly cloudy with cooler temps and strong west wind.

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vulture migration continues apace.

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-winged Blackbird (700+), Blue Jay (1000+), American Crow (85+), Tree
Swallow (150+), Pine Siskin (20+), Lesser Yellowlegs (1)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: Iroquois Shoreline October 19th.
From: Mike Williamson <mdw49 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:53:12 -0400
ISRW

North Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Oct. 19 2014

Totals

Turkey Vulture = 119

N/Harrier = 1

S/Shinned = 55

Coopers = 1

R/Shoulder = 32

R/Tailed = 115

Golden Eagle = 2

UB = 1

Total = 326

Hours = 4.5

Observers = 2  Mike Williamson & Martin Bence

1 Adult GE  AT  10:42 EST

1     "       "     AT  2:16 EST

Report submitted by Mike Williamson

Directions: From the 401 E or W take Brock St North past Taunton Rd & turn
left onto Spencers Rd & left onto Ashburn Rd. park by the gate & follow the
path till you see the platform.

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Subject: Large Flock of TVs over Oakville
From: Rod Murray <rod.murray AT mac.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:10:20 -0400
Shortly before 4 pm today, a flock of 150 TVs flew over 16 Mile Creek in the 
area of Upper Middle Road. They are heading West! 


There is public parking in the area at Old Upper Middle Road and McCraney. Take 
Neyagawa south from Dundas, to Upper Middle, and turn left. Then right on 
Oxford, right again on Old Upper Middle to the parking lot on the corner of 
McCraney. From here, the 16 Mile Creek Trail allows views to the west over the 
valley, where you may see more migrants. 



Rod Murray
Oakville, ON



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Subject: OFO Outing Durham Waterfront - 81 species including Golden Eagle
From: "Geoff Carpentier" <geoff.carpentier AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:18:02 -0400
15 members joined me today on the Durham waterfront to search for migrants. It 
was a fantastic day with 81 species recorded. 


The hawk flight was spectacular with the following sightings:

Turkey Vulture - 385
Cooper’s Hawk - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 66
Red-shouldered Hawk - 7
Red-tailed Hawk - 32
Golden Eagle – 1 immature – first fall
Bald Eagle – 2 immature – 1st and 3rd fall
Northern Harrier - 5
American Kestrel - 6
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon – 1 adult

Other birds: 
18 spp. of waterfowl including a few White-winged Scoters
5 species of shorebirds – Greater Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandp., Least Sandp., 
Dunlin and B.B. Plover 

4 species of warblers – Orange-crowned (2), Nashville, Palm and Yellow-rumped
pipits
lots of loons but no Pacific – birds were very far out in the lake so 
visibility was challenging 

5 Great Egrets – no wing tags
4 Eastern Phoebes
1 Common Raven
18 Pine Siskins and 8 Purple Finches

Geoff Carpentier
AVOCET NATURE SERVICES

Contact me at: 905-852-2011 or avocetnatureservices AT gmail.com
Visit my website: www.avocetnatureservices.com

Specializing in Environmental & Natural History Surveys and 
Expedition & Personalized Guiding Services
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Subject: 2 Pacific Loons, Black-legged Kittiwake, etc. Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie
From: Amanda Guercio <aguercio AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:50:11 -0400
Myself and Nigel Shaw just relocated the Pacific Loon previously reported
by Josh V. at Minets Point Park in Barrie at 2PM this afternoon and also
found an adult essentially still in full breeding plumage among the
hundreds of Common Loons and 2-3 Red-throated Loons.

The juvenile Black-legged Kittiwake was also showing well swimming ~100m
offshore of the marina breakwater as seen from the North end of Centennial
Park with Bonaparte's Gulls. We counted at least 16 Little Gulls feeding on
shiners, mostly adults but also a couple of second year birds and a heavily
marked juvenile.

One of the adult Great Black-backed Gulls was colour banded (black and
white) but we were unable to get the band combo before it was flushed by
people walking along the beach, so it may be worth keeping an eye out for.

Good birding!

Amanda Guercio
Toronto, ON
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Subject: Another Lesser Black-backed Gull, Haliburton
From: Poropat/Fraser <ed.barb AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:24:30 -0400
I already reported a 1st-winter LBBG yesterday at the Haliburton landfill...my 
first in the county. I zipped home after finding it to grab my camera and 
document the sighting but could not relocate the bird. I went back to the dump 
today with camera in hand in hopes of finding it again. No first winter bird 
but there was a 3rd-winter bird in moult present instead! None observed in 30 
years of living in Haliburton...then 2 birds in 2 days. Go figure! Bald Eagles 
are also starting to show up at the dump regularly now. 


Haliburton landfill is located W of the village of Haliburton, off of Cty Rd 21 
on Industrial Park Rd. Dump is about 1km N on Industrial Park Rd on the right. 


Cheers,

Ed Poropat
Haliburton, ON
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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (18 Oct 2014) 2401 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Oct 2014 01:10:19 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            1690          14811          14931
Osprey                       0             34            117
Bald Eagle                   0             14             72
Northern Harrier            40            169            562
Sharp-shinned Hawk         458           2618           7194
Cooper's Hawk               25             95            165
Northern Goshawk             1              3              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          4              8              8
Broad-winged Hawk            3            136          70700
Red-tailed Hawk             19            253            279
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel           147            645           2390
Merlin                      11             27             69
Peregrine Falcon             3            115            160
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                    2401          18931          96655
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Dave Brown

Observers:        Cary Graham, Chris Burris, Jason McGuire, Jim Dunn,
                  Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan

Visitors:
Thanks to everyone who helped with today's count on a tough day of weather.
Lots of visitors today...Leola and Ron Roth (Baden) and John Shen (London),
Dianna and Gary Stern (Michigan), Claude LaFrance (St. Thomas) and Andrew
Don (Oakville) and others whose names I didn't get.


Weather:
Not the nicest weather today with on and off drizzle throughout the entire
count period...it just never really broke out completely as we'd hoped.
However, the winds were strong from the NW for the day and provided a good
push for those birds on the move bringing them right down to the hawkwatch.
Temp was downright cold today and with the damp it felt even worse.

Raptor Observations:
Depsite the wet weather the flight was actually very good today with a much
higher total than expected of 2,401 birds! It would seem that with the past
week being so warm and with strong SW winds hampering the migration the
birds were willing to brave the odd scattered shower to get out of
Ontario.



A total of 11 different species were seen today with the highlight having
to be a young Northern Goshawk that came over the trees straight out in
front of the counters and circled up a bit providing great views in binos
and scopes and then dove down to about 3m above the ground in a pseudo
chase of a Kestrel that was in the wrong place at the wrong time! Luckily
for the Kestrel the Goshawk didn't actually attack...just veered away and
quickly shot through the trees to our south.



Other species of note today were Red-shoulders (4) with one adult bird and
a few more Broadwings (3) which are getting very late in the season.  Some
Redtails (19) were counted as migrants while a few others were deemed
locals as were all the Bald Eagles observed today. The Sharpies (458) were
basically migrating through non-stop all day right from the get go and many
passed right by us as we sat in our chairs just above head height (no binos
needed!!). Cooper's Hawks (25) were again observed in better numbers and
their daily totals should continue to increase into next week.



Finally, a number of great looks were had today of N. Harriers (40) with 3
that appeared to be adult males (the gray ghosts) and a couple possibly
adult females with the rest appearing to be young birds. Kestrels (many
were adult males)



TVs (1,690) were flying all day and again there was almost never a break in
their flight unless the drizzle got too heavy. At one point when it opened
up more they attempted to kettle but without much luck in the strong NW
winds.

Non-raptor Observations:
It was also an excellent non-raptor day with many passerines likely brought
to ground by the overnight fog and early morning drizzle. Species included
some warblers(orange-crowned, northern parula, yellow-rumped,
black-throated green and blackpoll), at least one Blue-headed Vireo, 3 E.
Towhee, 6 Hermit Thrush, lots of Gold-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets,
Brown Creeper, BC Chickadee, 1 possibly 2 E. Phoebe, Northern Flicker,
Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, many many White-throated Sparrows along
with at least 1 Swamp Sparrow.



Lots of flyovers with flocks of Am. Robins, E. Bluebirds, Am. Pipits,
Horned Larks, Pine Siskins, Am. Goldfinch, 5 Purple Finch, Cedar Waxwings,
Rusty Blackbirds, Blue Jays, Am. Crows and Red-winged Blackbirds and even a
single Barn Swallow and 4 Tree Swallows.



Other interesting sightings included a flock of Wild Turkeys (20) that
exploded up off the field directly out in front of the counters then flew
to the NW to the corner of the field landing and then running into the
bush.  Also, thanks to one of our visitors who spotted 3 Sandhill Cranes
flying westward to our north.

Predictions:
Sunday should be good especially if it starts out mostly sunny and winds
stay from the NW. Winds are expected to back around to W near midday which
will then slow down the migration.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (18 Oct 2014) 1903 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Oct 2014 19:10:55 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture            1508          24799          27004
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                   4             56            193
Northern Harrier            17             89            317
Sharp-shinned Hawk         284           1847           6381
Cooper's Hawk               10             68            219
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         18             40             79
Broad-winged Hawk            2             27          36333
Red-tailed Hawk             14            370            625
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              1              6
American Kestrel            41            267            973
Merlin                       1             11             58
Peregrine Falcon             2             23             41
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             17
Unknown Buteo                2             26             53
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              4              5
Unknown Raptor               0             12             35
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                    1903          27663          72395
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter:        Jeremy Hatt

Observers:        Carol Pitts, Dan Lumm, Ed Pitts, Jenna McDermott, Jim McCoy,
                  Larry Ludwicki

Visitors:
We had a handful of visitors to the tower today including a few local
groups who have visited in the past. Once again, I am grateful for the help
provided by the following passionate observers who were w/ me for many
hours of the day: Jenna McDermott, Dan Lumm, Jim McCoy, Ed and Carol Pitts,
and Larry Ludwicki, who stayed w/ me right up until the count closed!


Weather:
A cool, cloudy day w/ temperatures around 8C throughout counting hours.
Winds started from the WNW and shifted to the NW for the remainder of the
day reaching gusts of up to 25km/h at times. We were hit w/ rain or drizzle
a few times during the day and did not see the sun once.

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures streamed slowly by the tower all afternoon w/ a total of
1,508 being counted. The most abundant hawk today was Sharp-shinned w/ a
total of 284. At times up to 6 birds were visible in the air. There was
also a decent show of Red-shouldered Hawks (18 total) and 2 late
Broad-winged Hawks. American Kestrels were flying low along the shoreline
throughout the day and in the end, we counted 41 birds. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Not as many passerines were on the move today, but we still ended up w/
1,060 Blue Jays, 804 American Crows, 72 American Robins, 300 Red-winged
Blackbirds, 197 American Goldfinch, and 26 Pine Siskin. There are still
lots of White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows around the tower
throughout the day w/ kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers mixed in. A
highlight was a steady stream of migrating Tree Swallows starting in the
afternoon and continuing to the end of the count (280 counted). 

To see today's full list, see eBird:
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20269527

Predictions:
Expect a day quite similar to today without the rain and drizzle. Northwest
winds are predicted and temperatures reaching 11C by the afternoon so there
should be a good variety and number of birds passing the tower. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jeremy Hatt (hattjeremy AT hotmail.com)
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Subject: Cranberry Marsh Hawk Watch- Oct 18
From: "Rayfield Pye" <raypye AT interlinks.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:51:27 -0400
Cranberry Marsh Hawk Watch
Whitby, Ontario
Saturday, October 18, 2014
(our 25th season)

Species:
Turkey Vulture- 244
Bald Eagle -1 
Northern Harrier- 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk- 77
Coopers Hawk- 11
Red-shouldered Hawk-2
Red-tailed Hawk- 4
American Kestrel- 53
Merlin- 3
Peregrine Falcon- 1
unidentified- 1

Total Individuals: 407

Observation time: 6 hours 

Official Counter: Rayfield Pye
 
Observers: G Stuart, C Van Goch, K Jennewein, J Ball, and J Skene

Weather: moderate to strong North-west winds, 100% cloud cover with a
few rain showers.

Other birds: Great Egret- 6 (no wing tags), Brant- 1 flock, Common Loon- 9, 
Rusty Blackbird- 29, Common Raven-1, 

Monarch Migration: 4

Directions: Exit from the 401 at Brock St. in Whitby. Go south on Brock St.
to Victoria St. Go west on Victoria St. to Halls Road. Go south on Halls Rd
to the 2nd walkway to Cranberry Marsh.

The data will be submitted to HMANA and eBird.

OFO Fall Hawkwatching Guide
http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/articles.hawkwatching

Rayfield Pye
Oshawa

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Subject: Turkey Vulture with a Transmitter
From: alfred adamo <aadamonature AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:43:40 -0400
An apparent transmitter was observed projecting from the right wing of a 
migrating Turkey Vulture at 1:47 this afternoon. The observation site was the 
Humber Marshes overlook accessed from the South Kingsway in Toronto. 


Alfred Adamo
Toronto
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Subject: OFO Young Birders Trip at Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto
From: lynnef.to AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:34:01 -0400
Five intrepid young birders joined Justin Peter and myself at Tommy Thompson 
Park today. In total we found 55 species of birds. Highlights included flyover 
American Pipits, loons and close looks at a Red Shouldered Hawk which flew just 
over our heads. We had a great variety of ducks including winter ducks which 
are beginning to appear. 


Apart from birds, we saw a few late Monarchs and had wonderful looks at a mink 
catching fish and grooming itself. 


Andrea Chreston of the TRCA gave a very informative talk about the cormorant 
colony. 


Many thanks to Justin and Andrea for a great day.

Lynne

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Subject: Iroquois Shoreline October 18th
From: Mike Williamson <mdw49 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:19:38 -0400
ISRW

North Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Oct.18th.

Totals

Turkey Vulture = 216

N/Harrier = 1

S/Shinned = 55

R/Tailed = 7

Golden Eagle = 2

A/Kestrel = 1

Total = 282

Hours = 3

Observers = 2 Mike Williamson & Martin Bence

Report submitted by Mike Williamson

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Subject: Sarnia Trumpeter Swans, Parasitic Jaeger, Little Gull, etc.
From: "Blake A. Mann" <boatmann AT kent.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:15:24 -0400
All,

The winds were calling at Sarnia at the lakewatch spot near Point Edward 
today.  There was a substantial movement of birds especially Bonaparte's 
Gulls.  One flock contained an adult LITTLE GULL.
Just after 10:00, a PARASITIC JAEGER came down the shoreline off Canatara 
Park and put on a show chasing gulls.  It was visible for some time (very 
close at one point) before it disappeared up the Michigan shoreline. 
However, it reappeared (assume the same bird!) some time later for more good 
looks.
BLACK SCOTERS were in good supply as I counted 35-40, but there were less 
than 10 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS.
Lots of HORNED GREBES, but only about 4 COMMON LOONS seen.
A couple of flocks of TUNDRA SWANS were heading south as they have been 
moving the last couple of days.
Two GREAT EGRETS were seen heading south over the lake.
Four DUNLIN were seen off the Sarnia yacht club.

That is all I have, but I heard there was a Black-legged Kittiwake (adult) 
seen from the Michigan side while we were there!

Over at Wawanosh Wetlands, 3 TRUMPETER SWANS were present.  Two were around 
earlier in the week, but a third appeared in the last day or so.  There are 
many geese in the area that should be closely scrutinized.

Strong northwest to NNE winds are good for this location.

Directions to Sarnia Lakewatch:  Find Front St. in Sarnia (along
river in downtown) and follow it north to St. Clair St. just past the 402
overpass.  Turn left on St. Clair St. and follow it to its very north end in
Point Edward past Michigan Ave.  Turn left on Victoria Ave. and go less than
two blocks to Fort St.  Turn right onto Fort St. and go to the parking lot
at the lake.


Wawanosh Wetlands can be found off Blackwell Sideroad just north of the 402 
and London Line east end of Sarnia.

cheers,

Blake A. Mann
Wallaceburg, Chatham-Kent
Ontario
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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull, Haliburton
From: Poropat/Fraser <ed.barb AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:30:06 -0400
1st winter bird observed at the local dump in Haliburton at 2:30 this 
afternoon. In with many Ring-bills and Herrings of all ages, allowing for 
comparisons in size and structure. 


Haliburton landfill is located W of the village of Haliburton, off of Cty Rd 21 
on Industrial Park Rd. Dump is about 1km N on Industrial Park Rd on the right. 
Let the people at the gate know you are a birder...they're are usually very 
accomodating. 


Good birding,

Ed Poropat
Haliburton, ON
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Subject: Pacific Loon at Oshawa found on TOC outing today
From: "Geoff Carpentier" <geoff.carpentier AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:29:49 -0400
Five birders joined me as we scoured the Durham waterfront today for lingering 
and migrating birds. 


The highlight was an adult Pacific Loon almost in complete alternate (breeding) 
plumage. Some white is coming in on face and neck, but the rest of head is 
solid gray. It was with 175+ Common Loons (in virtually every plumage 
imaginable), 1500 RB Mergansers and several WW Scoters and cormorants. It was 
originally found by Dan Kaczynski on Wednesday and has been seen intermittently 
in the same place at least for part of each day since. Tyler Hoar saw the bird 
today as well. It is at the foot of Simcoe Street in Oshawa near the channel 
markers but moves east and west from this spot periodically. 


Other birds today included 51 Turkey Vultures, 6-8 Northern Harriers, 2 
Sharp-shinned, 1 Cooper’s and 2 Red-tailed Hawks + 2 Kestrels and a Merlin. A 
single Greater Yellowlegs was the only shorebird. Passerines were scarce but 
101 American Pipits and several Rusty Blackbirds helped out. 


For those of you going on the OFO outing tomorrow, I will of course be looking 
for the loon, so bring your scope if you have one. 


Geoff Carpentier
AVOCET NATURE SERVICES

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Visit my website: www.avocetnatureservices.com

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Subject: Black-legged Kittiwake Still Present- Barrie
From: David Szmyr <David.Szmyr AT flemingcollege.ca>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:39:12 +0000
?Around 12:30 pm this afternoon I observed the bird sitting on the water among 
several Bonaparte's Gulls, roughly 150 meters off the marina break wall. 



Some notes to consider if looking for this juvenile: its considerable size 
difference in comparison with the Bonaparte's Gulls it may be in direct company 
with (most notably if resting on water), and any superficially similar 1st 
winter Little and Bonaparte's Gulls which are also present, which may resemble 
the kittiwake at a quick glance while in flight. 



Good luck,


Dave Szmyr
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Subject: Black-legged Kittiwake- Barrie
From: David Szmyr <David.Szmyr AT flemingcollege.ca>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:22:23 +0000
The juvenile Black-legged Kittiwake first suspected by Dave Lord on Oct.16, and 
confirmed by Brennan Obermayer yesterday Oct.17, was still present this morning 
around between 8:05 and 8:20 am, in the Barrie Marina?. 



Burke Korol and I watched the bird hover around the marina diving repeatedly, 
for roughly 15 minutes, before we lost sight of the bird as it possibly flew 
out into the bay to join the hundreds of Bonaparte's Gull and several Little 
Gull. 



I believe this is the first record of this species for Simcoe County.


Directions: Exit Highway 400 at Dunlop St W and head East until you reach 
Toronto St. Turn right on Toronto St. and follow it south until you reach the 
Barrie Marina. 



Good birding,


Dave Szmyr
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (17 Oct 2014) 845 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Oct 2014 22:10:11 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture             769          23291          25496
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                   1             52            189
Northern Harrier             4             72            300
Sharp-shinned Hawk          58           1563           6097
Cooper's Hawk                1             58            209
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             22             61
Broad-winged Hawk            0             25          36331
Red-tailed Hawk              0            356            611
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              1              6
American Kestrel             5            226            932
Merlin                       3             10             57
Peregrine Falcon             2             21             39
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             17
Unknown Buteo                0             24             51
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               1              4              5
Unknown Raptor               1             12             35
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     845          25760          70492
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Carol Pitts, Claude Radley, Ed Pitts

Visitors:
It was a slow day for visitors until near the end, when a man from
Stratford and a group of 15 old-time friends from Sarnia came up to the
tower to enjoy the view and look at a couple of our distant resident
Eagles. Though there weren't many raptors at the time, they came up just in
time for the sun to come out!


Weather:
Winds came mostly from the S today between 4 and 8km/h with gusts up to
20km/h, though I think the trees along the beach stopped a lot of the wind
from reaching us at the tower; the waves were quite loud! The full cloud
cover broke up a bit in the last hour, providing some sun and bringing the
temperature up to 18C.

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures were really working our addition and subtraction today,
with large groups travelling along the shoreline, moving backwards again to
join other groups that had yet to be counted, and going the length of the
beach a few more times before finally heading west, out of sight. They were
certainly not in a hurry! Sharp-shinned Hawks made up our next biggest
numbers with 58. It was really nice to see all 3 falcon species: Kestrels,
Merlins and Peregrines.

Non-raptor Observations:
The skies during the first hour of the count were filled with Tree Swallows
(215), they just kept zooming in out of the west. After that, we didn't
have many of the big flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds or huge numbers of
Goldfinches either, but Starlings put in a good show as usual with 1770,
often pointing us towards a Bald Eagle or Red-tailed Hawk. Kinglets,
Sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers were abundant again in the vegetation
around the tower. See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20261656

Predictions:
Winds will be switching to the NW and N (20-25km/h) with some clouds in the
mix, hopefully it'll bring some more of our buteos (Red-tailed,
Red-shouldered Hawks) in with the Turkey Vultures!
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Subject: Long Point Bird Observatory Update to October 17
From: Stuart Mackenzie <smackenzie AT bsc-eoc.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:07:05 -0400
Long Point Bird Observatory Sightings Board - October 10 to 17, 2014.

It took a few days for the massive movement that occurred last week to die 
down, but warm weather, south winds, and rain kept most new passerine movement 
at bay. Waterfowl numbers and diversity continue to build. More than 10,000 
Redhead, and thousands of Lesser Scaup and dabblers frequent the Inner Bay, 
while 5-10,000 scaup, mostly greater are still congregating on the Outer Bay. 
Shorebird and Raptor activity was slow this week. Northern Saw-whet Owl 
migration has been virtually non-existent. Passerine wise the week was 
relatively slow until a favourable fog waved over Long Point overnight on 
October 17 causing a substantial fall-out of temperate migrants. The fall was 
most significant at the Tip when about 4,000 kinglets of both species, hundreds 
of Creepers, Yellow-rumped and other warblers, Hermit Thrush, and near 
record-late Yellow-bellied Flycatcher were observed. A good mix of sparrows was 
also observed including a LeConte's Sparrow. 16 warbler species were observed 
at Long Point this week. 


Highlights:

Tundra Swans - There have been a smattering of individuals throughout the 
period with a high of 9 at Big Creek National Wildlife Area October 17 (SAM). 


Redhead - A high of 12, 692 were observed at Old Cut on October 12 (LPBO).

Red-throated Loon - Two were observed at the Tip October 15 and 16 (DLL, MTW, 
JGK; SAM). 


Common Loon - There was a strong migration throughout the week with highs of 
92, 506 and 358 at the Tip October 14, 15 & 16, respectively (LPBO). 


Pied-billed Grebe - One bird was observed at the Tip October 14 (ACC).

Horned Grebe - Highs of 48, 78 and 202 were observed at the Tip October 13,14 & 
15, respectively (LPBO). 


Red-necked Grebe - One was observed on the Outer Bay October 17 (SAM).

Least Bittern - One was observed at Old Cut October 17 (NMR).

Great Egret - One was observed at Old Cut October 10 (LPBO).

Rough-legged Hawk - The first of the season was observed at Old Cut October 12 
(LPBO). 


Black-bellied Plovers - Five were observed near the Tip October 12 (JGK).

Bonaparte's Gull - A high of 450 were observed at the Tip October 14 (LPBO).

Little Gull - Four definitive basic birds flew over Old Cut on October 17 
(SAM). 


Great Black-back Gull - One first basic bird was banded at the Tip October 11 
(LPBO). 


Common Tern - A high of 430 were at the Tip October 14 (LPBO).

Forester's Tern - Four were observed at the Tip October 14 (JGK).

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - One was banded at the Tip October 17 (LPBO).

Red-bellied Woodpecker - Individual's were observed at Old Cut October 10 and 
17 (LPBO). 


Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - A near record-late first basic bird was banded at 
the Tip October 16 (LPBO). 


Blue-headed Vireo - A high of 19 were estimated at the Tip October 17 (LPBO).

Tree Swallow - Small numbers were observed throughout the week with a high of 
28 on October 11 (SAM). 


Brown Creeper - A high of 100 birds were estimated at the Tip October 17 
(LPBO). 


Golden-crowned Kinglet - A high of 2,000 birds were estimated at the Tip 
October 17 (LPBO). 


Ruby-crowned Kinglet - A high of 1,800 birds were estimated at the Tip October 
17 (LPBO). 


Swainson's Thrush - A late individual was observed at Old Cut October 16 (SAM).

Hermit Thrush - 51 individuals were banded and 100 estimated to be in the Old 
Cut woodlot October 12 (LPBO). 


American Robin - Small movements have occurred throughout the week with a high 
of 216 at Old Cut October 13 (LPBO). 


Northern Mockingbird - One was observed at Old Cut October 14 (LPBO).

American Pipit - Between 20 and 30 were observed at the Tip most days with 
smaller numbers observed at Old Cut (LPBO). 


Rose-breasted Grosbeak - One was observed at Old Cut October 15 (LPBO).

Indigo Bunting - Two were observed at Old Cut October 12 (SAM).

Orange-crowned Warbler - Numerous were observed and banded throughout the week 
and 7 individuals banded [6 at Old Cut, 1 at the Tip] (LPBO). 


Northern Parula - One was banded at the Tip October 17 (LPBO).

Ovenbird - One was observed at Old Cut October 13 & 14 (LPBO).

American Tree Sparrow - One was observed at the Tip October 13 (LPBO).

LeConte's Sparrow - One was observed at the Tip October 16 (SAM, EP).

Lapland Longspur - One definitive basic female was observed at the Tip October 
12 & 13 (LPBO). 


Red-winged Blackbirds - The river of blackbirds began on October 15 with nearly 
10,000 flying over Old Cut at dusk (LPBO). 


Rusty Blackbirds - Small numbers continued to be observed at Old Cut throughout 
the week (LPBO). 


Purple Finch - Numerous birds have been observed throughout the week with a 
high of 11 at Old Cut October 12 (LPBO). 


Pine Siskin - Numerous were observed throughout the week with a high of 118 at 
Old Cut on October 12 (LPBO). 


Observers: Angela Caguazango (ACC), John Glazebrook (JGK), Pip Guillet (PRG), 
Dayna LeClair (DLL), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), Long Point Bird Observatory 
(LPBO), Eleanor Page (EP), Nancy Raginski (NMR), Shawn Sullivan (SMS), Mick 
Wright (MTW). 


Season to date banding totals:

Old Cut - 3431
Tip - 3,690
Breakwater - 1,331

Countdown to 1,000,000 = 947,548!


Explore the Long Point Birding 
Trail. 
Updates of the birds in the area can be viewed through 
eBird on LPBO's main 
web-page. You can help contribute to sightings 
in the Long Point area by submitting your sightings to 
eBbird or by sharing them with us at 
lpbo AT birdscanada.org. The Old Cut Research Station 
is open to the public every day until November 15. For more information on the 
research, education, and training programs of LPBO select this 
link and check out the 2013 LPBO Program 
Report or LPBO 
E-news. Your best source for 
information about the birds and birding sites around Long Point can be found in 
A Birding Guide to the Long Point Area by Ron Ridout available 
here. 

Good birding,

Stu

__________________________________________________________
Stuart A. Mackenzie
Motus Wildlife Tracking System Manager
LPBO Program Manager
Long Point Bird Observatory - Bird Studies Canada/Etudes d'Oiseaux Canada
PO Box 160, 115 Front Rd. Port Rowan, Ontario. N0E 1M0.
(519)-586-3531 X 162(office), Fax:586-3532, Mobile:820-6040
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Subject: Re: Rare heron type bird possibly- Fayette county 40516
From: "Weseloh,Chip [Ontario]" <Chip.Weseloh AT ec.gc.ca>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:11:58 -0400
Yes, this sounds like one of our birds. We did apply blue wing-tags to about 
154 young, flightless, Great Egrets this year. All of them we banded at 
Nottawasaga island, near Collingwood, Ontario….about a 1.5 hr drive NNW of 
Toronto. 


If you see the bird again, please take a re-newed stab at trying to make out 
the markings on the tag. The number will probably be between 94 and 99 and the 
ltters could be any of the alphabet. 


Good luck,

 

Cheers,

 

Chip Weseloh

 

From: Kent Robinson [mailto:bball4435 AT aol.com] 
Sent: October 11, 2014 3:07 PM
To: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
Subject: Fwd: Rare heron type bird possibly- Fayette county 40516

 



Sent from Kent Robinson


Begin forwarded message:

	From: Ben Yandell 
	Date: October 11, 2014 at 11:23:46 AM EDT
	To: Kent Robinson 
 Cc: "brainard AT mindspring.com" , Mary Yandell 
, John Brunjes  

	Subject: Re: Rare heron type bird possibly- Fayette county 40516

	Very cool.  I found these links about Great Egrets with a blue wing tag:

 * 
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.396511333783502.1073741876.215774161857221&type=3 

	*	https://www.mail-archive.com/birdalert AT ontbirds.ca/msg33781.html

 Banded in Ontario in 2014. Seems your bird has come about 600 miles from its 
birthplace. Unfortunately, I can't make out the code on the tag. 


	 

	Ben Yandell

	 

	On Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 2:34 PM, Kent Robinson  wrote:

	
	Hi,
 My name is Kent Robinson. We live in rural Fayette county (40516) and have had 
this bird flying around our lake for the last 2 weeks. It is solid white heron 
looking bird with blue circular spots on each wing. Do you have any clue what 
it is? I have looked everywhere. Acts just like a heron. 

	Thanks,
	Kent
	
	
	
	
	
	
	
	
	
	
	
	
	
	
	
	
	Sent from Kent Robinson

	 

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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (17 Oct 2014) 26 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Oct 2014 20:10:12 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              14          13121          13241
Osprey                       1             34            117
Bald Eagle                   0             14             72
Northern Harrier             3            129            522
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4           2160           6736
Cooper's Hawk                0             70            140
Northern Goshawk             0              2              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              4
Broad-winged Hawk            0            133          70697
Red-tailed Hawk              0            234            260
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             3            498           2243
Merlin                       0             16             58
Peregrine Falcon             1            112            157
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      26          16530          94254
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Jim Dunn, Keith Sealy

Observers:        Cary Graham, Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan

Visitors:
Today Rose Welch was down to visit and helped with finding the non-raptors
today...so thanks to her and to Jim, Mary, Keith and Cary G. for doing
today's count.


Weather:
Moderate SW winds for the day...with complete overcast and low clouds
drifting overhead. Rain for the 2nd hour then drying up for the rest of the
count period. Temp was cooler and fairly steady at 8C getting to 10C in the
last hour.

Raptor Observations:
A small flight today with just 26 birds tallied. There were some TVs (14)
that rocked with the wind and slowly made their way westward. The Osprey
struggled across the field very low and about at walking speed. The Merlin,
being a Merlin just streaked low across the field. 

The Harriers were low and hugging the treeline at the North end of the
field. The shins came out of the woodlot across the field low and into the
trees on the roadside. The local Eagles were trolling back and forth along
the cliff. The single Peregrine cruised past in the last hour.

Non-raptor Observations:
Thanks to Rose Welch, today's visitor, for trekking up the road in the wind
to look for "dickie birds" and indeed, she did find a few including Downy
and Redbellied Woodpeckers, Black-capped Chickadees, numerous Golden- and
Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Robins, White-throated Sparrows and flocks of
Starllings and Red-winged Blackbirds.  Back at the knoll, a Song Sparrow
made an appearance in the grape vines at the base of the knoll while an E.
Phoebe perched and was actively flycatching from a perch just to our left. 
A House Wren popped up a little farther along the edge of the field and the
Carolina Wren sang from across the road, hidden from view and presumably
also from the wind.



Other flocks observed from the knoll were 2 small flocks of Wood Ducks
(high count of 12), Canada Geese, American Goldfinches, Bluejays (compared
to earlier this week, very few), and the endless parade of Ring-billed and
Herring Gulls.  A single Bonaparte's Gull was also seen along the Cliff.  



2 Monarch Butterflies were seen struggling strong southwesterly winds. a
remarkable sighting for October 17th! 

Predictions:
I realize that looking at the weather it looks a bit tough for tomorrow
after the passage of the cold front tonight...BUT if the humidity stays in
the 70s and with winds forecast to be strong from the NW for the day it
will bring whatever birds are attempting to move down to the lake shore and
past the hawkwatch.



Sunday looks even more interesting as they predict a second day of NW to
WNW winds though somewhat lighter than Sat. Again, this is great for
pushing whatever birds are on the move down to the cliff area.



Just make sure to pack / wear extra layers of clothing as the temp is
forecast to feel like 5C with a bit of a windchill.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm



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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 10th - 17th October 2014
From: "Mark D. Read" <markdread AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:33:52 -0400
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Note: some sightings
may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.

 

Highlights:

The birding this week has certainly turned up greater numbers of winter
migrants though late warblers, thrushes and sparrows are still being seen.
Highlights of the week include; SNOW GOOSE, BRANT, CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER
SWAN, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, STILT SANDPIPER, LITTLE GULL,
FORSTER'S TERN, WHITE-EYED VIREO, CAROLINA WREN, NELSON'S SPARROW and PINE
GROSBEAK.

 

City of Kingston

Waterfowl have been increasing in Cataraqui Bay with REDHEAD, GREATER SCAUP
and COMMON GOLDENEYE now easy to find. On the northern side of the road
(Marshlands CA), GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, RING-NECKED
DUCK and LESSER SCAUP predominate in the shallower water. Out on the lake,
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS have been noted with 20 seen off Portsmouth Olympic
Harbour this afternoon (17th). ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS (2) were again seen
downtown (10th) and HERMIT THRUSHES have been fairly widespread. A
SWAINSON'S THRUSH and a late PHILADELPHIA VIREO were seen at Lemoine Point
CA on 10th. A PIED-BILLED GREBE and the first BUFFLEHEAD of the season (2)
were also seen there on 11th. A CAROLINA WREN was heard singing at
Cartwright Point on 16th and an adult and immature PEREGRINE FALCON were
seen downtown, also on 16th.

 

Wolfe Island

Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area produced a relatively late GREY-CHEEKED
THRUSH on 10th as well as the more expected SWAINSON'S and HERMIT THRUSHES.
80 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and 35 PINE SISKINS were also recorded. On Button Bay, 2
TRUMPETER SWANS were seen the same day.

 

Amherst Island

A CAROLINA WREN, seen on 10th on South Shore Road, is a good record for the
island. A NELSON'S SPARROW was seen at Martin Edwards Reserve on 16th, and a
STILT SANDPIPER was present there on 13th, along with BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER,
DUNLIN, GREATER & LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and KILLDEER. A
SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER was present on 16th. Good numbers of BLACK DUCK have
also been present this week, and BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS,
GREATER SCAUP, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and HORNED GREBE have all been seen. An
adult PEREGRINE was seen off the South Shore on 13th. Good numbers of
AMERICAN PIPIT, PURPLE FINCH and PINE SISKIN can be found at various
locations on the island. Please note that you must be a member of the
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or be accompanied by a member to access the
Martin Edwards Reserve. Mike Burrell will be leading an OFO trip to the
island on Sunday 19th (see http://www.ofo.ca/site/tripsupcoming for more
details).

 

Amherstview Sewage Lagoons

BONAPARTE'S GULLS continue to be seen in good numbers but waterfowl remain
scarce. However, a couple of BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen there on 13th
amongst the many GREEN-WINGED TEAL and NORTHERN SHOVELER. Just east of the
lagoons, on Golf Course Lane, a 'blue' SNOW GOOSE was seen on 13th. Please
note that you must be a member of KFN or otherwise obtain permission from
the municipality to access the lagoons.

 

Prince Edward Point

The first AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS of the season were seen on 12th, though
continuing sightings of LITTLE GULLS are certainly noteworthy: 2 on 13th, 1
on 14th. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on 11th.

 

Stateside - Jefferson County, NY

Two CACKLING GEESE and 3 RED-THROATED LOONS were seen at Robert Wehle State
Park on 12th as well as 3 HORNED GREBES and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES. A FORSTER'S
TERN was seen at Dexter Marsh, also on 12th.

 

Other Sightings

At the northern edge of the area, a WHITE-EYED VIREO was reported near
Westport on 12th and again on 16th. Also seen there yesterday (West Lake
Road) were 4 SANDHILL CRANES (still present today) and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES.
A NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen there today but the inclement weather failed to
reveal any sign of the vireo. A TRUMPETER SWAN was today seen on Chaffey's
Locks. East of the city, near Camden East, 200 BRANT were seen on 10th but
no further sightings have yet come in from our area. Near Verona, a PINE
GROSBEAK was noted on 11th.

In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, the KFN Executive
will no longer be reporting owl sightings via the Internet. To maintain
records for conservation purposes, sightings are welcomed through all the
normal channels.

 

As always, thanks to all those who submitted sightings over the last week.

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: markdread AT gmail.com

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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, October 17, 2014
From: Cheryl Edgecombe <cheryledge29 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:34:01 -0400
EURASIAN WIGEON

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN

SABINE'S GULL

POMARINE JAEGER

PARASITIC JAEGER





Tundra Swan

American Wigeon

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Greater Scaup

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Bufflehead

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Red-throated Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Great Egret

Black-crowned Night Heron

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

American Coot

Killdeer

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

White-rumped Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Dunlin

Stilt Sandpiper

Long-billed Dowitcher

Phalarope sp.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Eastern Phoebe

Brown Creeper

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Hermit Thrush

Yellow-rumped Warbler

White-throated Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Purple Finch

Pine Siskin





Another week of wacky south winds makes migration difficult for birds
heading south but yet should bring in some vagrants.  This week didn't
produce any southern specialities but nonetheless some good birds are at
the top of the list.



A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen last weekend at the back of Mountsberg C.A. off
Leslie Street.  The bird could not be relocated on Monday due to mist and
poor viewing but was found again on Thursday.  The bird is likely still out
there amongst the hundreds of American Wigeon present there.  The west end
of the lake did not disappoint on Sunday as POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEGER,
SABINE'S GULL and a phalarope sp. were seen on northeast winds.  Today a
PARASITIC JAEGER was flying close to shore at Sayers' Park.  An AMERICAN
WHITE PELICAN made a surprise visit for a couple of days this week at York
along the Grand River.



Shorebirds are still moving through and this week's hotspot was Princess
Point located at the end of Longwood Drive in west Hamilton.  Down here
this week Killdeer, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, White-rumped and
Pectoral Sandpiper, a great showing of 15 Stilt Sandpipers and Dunlin were
present.  This is an excellent location as you don't need to squint to try
to identify these shorebirds and a scope affords good looks.  A look off
toward Cootes Paradise yielded several Great Egrets and a Tundra Swan.  The
Red Hill Stormwater Pond and Windermere Basin have been quiet with only
Greater Yellowlegs and Dunlin present.  At the back of Mountsberg off
Leslie Street again, Stilt and Pectoral Sandpiper, Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs were seen.  This is also an excellent place for ducks.  Viewing
here and from the other side at the Mountsberg Dam, American Wigeon,
Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead,
Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe (60) and Horned
Grebe and a huge pack of American Coots were all in the mix.



Last weekend a hawk flight was recorded over Bronte.  Turkey Vulture,
Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon,
Red-tailed and Sharp-shinned Hawk were noted.  This weekend there should be
a major movement when the wind turns again to the north and west.



In the odds and sods for the week, all three Scoter Species are present at
Sayers Park in Stoney Creek.  Two Red-throated Loons were also seen here.
Greater Scaup, Common and Red-breasted Merganser, Pied-billed and Horned
Grebe were seen at LaSalle today.  A total of nine Great Egrets were seen
at Valley inn today, one with a blue wing tag.  Three Black-crowned Night
Herons were also present there earlier in the week. Of note and forgotten
last week was the last recorded sighting of Ruby-throated Hummingbird at a
yard in Aldershot on October 9th.  The local woodlots are quieter now but
migrants reported include Eastern Phoebe, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned and
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated
and White-crowned Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco.  Stock up those feeders,
there are multiple reports of Pine Siskins and Purple Finches moving
through the area, a nice treat for the yard.  Maybe an Evening Grosbeak
will pop in for a surprise.



I have a good feeling about this weekend as these south winds switch over
to north and west.  This should send birds moving again.  Get out and
explore your local woodlots or keep your eye to the sky for Golden Eagles
and Goshawks.  Report your sightings here!!!!



Good birding,

Cheryl Edgecombe
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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (17 Oct 2014) 785 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Oct 2014 17:10:04 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             756          28593          31809
Osprey                       1              9             53
Bald Eagle                   1             30            195
Northern Harrier             3             38            243
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11            615           3433
Cooper's Hawk                1             97            296
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             14             15
Broad-winged Hawk            0            148         184837
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              2            267            561
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             6             70            528
Merlin                       1             10             41
Peregrine Falcon             2             24             43
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             18
Unknown Buteo                1              4             12
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             23

Total:                     785          29931         222115
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        John Elliott

Visitors:
6


Weather:
Mostly cloudy out there. A couple times it looked like we might get some
clearing but alas a fresh battalion of gray clouds would soon move in and
snuff out any flicker of blue. The wind was strong and out of the southwest
throughout.

Raptor Observations:
Buteos took the day off. Some nice variety otherwise despite limited
overall numbers.

Non-raptor Observations:
Two observations of PARASITIC JAEGER today, one at approximately 1045 am,
then another at 1215 pm. On both occasions, the bird was observed low and
close, flying inland against the strong southwest wind. Our resident
photographer was missing in action, one of the few days he's missed this
season, so unfortunately no pictures. Still, some wonderfully memorable
sightings for the two of us who were there. As for other birds: Tree
Swallow (3000+), Northern Rough-winged Swallow (40+), House Finch (3), Pine
Siskin (2), Horned Lark (2), Blue Jay (200+), Red-winged Blackbird (120+).

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy with moderate northwest wind and a 40 percent chance of rain.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: North Bay Ross's Goose - likely a hybrid
From: Josh Vandermeulen <joshvandermeulen AT live.ca>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:40:10 -0400
After work yesterday I stopped in to check for the reported Ross's Goose in 
North Bay. It was feeding with a group of about 100 Canada Geese on the same 
set of sports fields when I arrived shortly before 5:00 PM. Several field marks 
seemed a bit off for Ross's Goose, and it is likely that this bird has some 
hybrid ancestry with Snow Goose. 

I've posted some photos of it at: 
http://joshvandermeulen.blogspot.ca/2014/10/juvenile-rosss-x-snow-goose-north-bay.html. 
In particular, the bird shows a somewhat curved posterior edge to the bill 
(where it meets the face) small grin patch, and relatively large bill. 

If anyone has any thoughts on the identification of the goose please reply send 
me an email. 

Directions (from Brent Turcotte's post): The most reliable place to see it is 
by a bunch of ball fields. To get there go up Highway 11 North. At the second 
set of lights turn left onto Fisher Street. Go almost all the way to the end of 
Fisher, turn left onto Main at the lights. Follow Main until you get over an 
overpass. Turn left at the lights onto Judge Avenue. Drive until you see a 
parking lot on your left. It will cross a bikepath. If you go beyond the 
bikepath into the residential area you have gone too far. The Ross's has been 
seen there most days in the afternoon. Times seen there range from 3:15 PM to 
6:45 PM. 

The Ross's wanders with the Canadian Goose flock and may be in a different part 
of the city in the morning. One couple found it on a grassy field by the bus 
terminal. Turn right onto Main then left onto Wyld and follow to the end past 
the place where the bus' turn in. This parking lot may require a paying for a 
parking pass or be one of the first two hour free ones. 

Another possible location is the waterfront itself. Turn right instead of left 
onto Judge and turn right onto Queen. If its not at Amelia Park, continue onto 
Memorial Drive on your left. Yet another possible location is the education 
center. From the end of Memorial Drive turn left onto Main, follow until 
Gormanville on your right. Go into the roundabout up College Drive. The 
education center will be on the left. Go to the visitor parking lot if on 
regular parking hours. Go to the back to a grassy field by a pond, and geese 
are sometimes there. 


Good birding, Josh
-----------------------------------------------
 
Josh Vandermeulen
Aurora, Ontario

joshvandermeulen AT live.ca
289-221-4695 (cell)
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Subject: Fox Sparrows at Jack Pine in Ottawa
From: Brian Mortimer <brian_mortimer AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:02:49 -0400
This morning at 8:40 I found two Fox Sparrows at Jack Pine Trail in
Ottawa. The birds were with a huge flock of Slate-coloured Junco and
White-troated Sparrows on the initial segment of the trail between the
parking lot and OFNC feeder site. I did not relocate the Black-backed
Woodpecker or Evening Grosbeaks reported yesterday.

Directions:

Jack Pine trail is on the east side of Moodie Drive between Hunt Club Road
and Fallowfield Road.


Brian Mortimer
964 Normandy Cresc.
Ottawa ON K2C 0K9
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Subject: West Perth Wetlands - Waterfowl and Shorebirds
From: "Dave & Tracey Brown" <thebrowns AT ezlink.ca>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:26:43 -0400
Hi folks,

I wanted to provide a quick update on the West Perth Wetlands here in Mitchell 
as we progress into Fall. Water levels in the fenced cell are back down 
(finally) and are good for any late shorebirds and many waterfowl. The other 
cells are great for waterfowl with the one right behind the parking lot area 
perfect for the dabblers. 


There were high numbers of waterfowl in all cells:

Mallards                         100s
American Coot                54
American Wigeon           36
Ruddy Duck                    30
American Black Duck     24
Pintail                             72
Northern Shoveler          82
Green-winged Teal 103 (highest count I've ever seen for this species at this 
site) 

Pied-billed Grebe           2
Horned Grebe                1    (well into basic)

    
In the fenced in cell there were a few shorebirds all feeding together in a 
loose flock: 

Lesser Yellowlegs       7
Greater Yellowlegs     3
Killdeer                        1
Dunlin                         6
Least Sandpiper          1        


Good Birding!
Dave J Brown
Mitchell, ON

thebrowns at ezlink.ca

Directions to Mitchell Lagoons:

>From the East (Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, GTA) - take Hwy 8 thru
Stratford heading west to first lights in Mitchell (Wellington St) and
turn left (south) and continue till you hit the "T" intersection at the
ball diamond.  Lagoon cells are straight back behind the ball diamond
and soccer fields and the sewage treatment plant.  You can go straight ahead
on the gravel and park next to the berm.

>From the London area....take Hwy 23 into Mitchell from the south and
just after you pass the "Welcome to Mitchell" sign...watch for Frank
St...go right on Frank St and head down over the bridge till you get to
the ball diamond (will be on your right).  Again...the cells are behind
the ball diamond and soccer fields. You can go straight ahead 
on the gravel and park next to the berm.

>From Southampton area....take Hwy 21, to Goderich and then Hwy 8 to
Clinton and down to Mitchell, turn south on Hwy 23 to Frank St. and turn
left on Frank St. and head over the bridge to the ball diamonds (which
will be on your right). You can go straight ahead on the gravel and park 
next to the berm.
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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (16 Oct 2014) 143 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Oct 2014 22:10:02 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              23          13107          13227
Osprey                       0             33            116
Bald Eagle                   0             14             72
Northern Harrier             6            126            519
Sharp-shinned Hawk         110           2156           6732
Cooper's Hawk                1             70            140
Northern Goshawk             0              2              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              4
Broad-winged Hawk            2            133          70697
Red-tailed Hawk              0            234            260
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0            495           2240
Merlin                       0             16             58
Peregrine Falcon             1            111            156
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     143          16504          94228
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Cary Graham

Observers:        Don Taylor, Jim Dunn, Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan

Visitors:
No visitors today. A big thanks to Cary G., Don T., Jim, Mary and Keith for
doing the count today.


Weather:
For a day that started out as a complete washout; Fog then Haze then
drizzle...it turned into a pretty good day with very light N and NW winds
then swinging around to the WSW in the afternoon. Temp was still above
seasonal hitting a high of 16C. The cloud cover was complete to start but
started to break out as the day progressed.

Raptor Observations:
Once the weather cleared a bit the flight got going and the total for the
day was 143...with TVs (23), N. Harriers (6), Sharpies (110), a single
Cooper's Hawk, believe it or not a couple of very late Broadwings and the
only falcon for the day a Peregrine in the afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
It was another musical day at Hawk Cliff although today's symphony was a
little different from yesterday's, with a chorus composed mainly of Robin-
and Grackle-song and a few strains of Red-winged Blackbird.  Very few other
birds joined in although once in a while a White-throated Sparrow, along
with the resident Carolina Wren, sang a few notes.  When the crowd moved
on, things became very quiet very quickly; nevertheless, observers had lots
to look at when the music stopped including flocks of the aforementioned
Robins & Grackles plus Bluejays, Starlings, Goldfinches, Crows and
Bonaparte's Gulls.  Also seen from the knoll were Herring and Ring-billed
Gulls, a Killdeer, 2 Wood Ducks, Canada Geese, a Cormorant, several
Northern Flickers, a Pileated Woodpecker, our resident Red-belly,
Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Blue-headed Vireo,
White-breasted Nuthatch and the star of the morning, a juvenile Red-headed
Woodpecker spotted by Cary as it flew past, then into the trees across from
the knoll.  Also found today were Downy Woodpecker and Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, giving us  6 Woodpecker species as well as Chickadees, Hermit
Thrush, 2 Eastern Bluebirds, Rusty Blackbirds in the cornfield at the north
end of HC Rd., spotted by Keith.  Also seen were Northern Cardinal, Eastern
Towhee and Song Sparrow.



15 Monarch Butterflies were seen crossing the field today as well as 3
Black Saddlebags, 2 Green Darners, a Shadow Darner and an unidentified
Meadowhawk.

Predictions:
A windy day predicted for Friday with strong SW winds...and just a small
chance of rain in the afternoon. Not sure what to expect on these winds
though you could see some falcons along the cliff.  Keep an eye on the
weekend weather which is more promising with winds forecast to be NW both
days. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm



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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (16 Oct 2014) 341 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Oct 2014 20:10:54 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture             212          22522          24727
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                   2             51            188
Northern Harrier            10             68            296
Sharp-shinned Hawk          99           1505           6039
Cooper's Hawk                1             57            208
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          6             22             61
Broad-winged Hawk            0             25          36331
Red-tailed Hawk              6            356            611
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              1              6
American Kestrel             2            221            927
Merlin                       1              7             54
Peregrine Falcon             1             19             37
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             17
Unknown Buteo                1             24             51
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              3              4
Unknown Raptor               0             11             34
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     341          24915          69647
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Carol Pitts, Ed Pitts

Visitors:
We had an array of short-term visitors today: Margaret with her
grand-daughter, Chloe; a woman interested in photographing the animals and
birds of the marsh; and a quick visit by a man just on his way through on
his bicycle.


Weather:
It was a gorgeous day to be up on the tower with temperatures increasing to
18C and a fantastic array of interesting-looking clouds. Winds went from N
to NW to SW to S and with low, menacing clouds on the horizon for much of
the day, visibility only went up to 9km.

Raptor Observations:
A pretty decent day considering the wind coming from half of the compass
points. Turkey Vultures flew at a great distance for a couple hours in the
middle of the day and we were happy to have one particularly good group of
birds that included Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks (2 of which flew by almost
at eye level), Red-Shouldered Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks and Northern
Harriers! 10 species today.

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jays seem to be past the prime of their migration, while American
Crows are slowly on the increase now. Starlings, Red-winged Blackbirds and
Rusty Blackbirds continue past in large flocks. The trees and bushes around
the tower were busy with Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Sparrows
(Song, Swamp, White-crowned). The first two Juncos of the season were seen
today, feeding alongside White-crowned Sparrows in the road by the tower.
See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20252063

Predictions:
Winds are supposed to continue from the SW tomorrow, with temperatures up
to 20C and a bit of cloud cover. Good to know that the birds that may
arrive won't get lost in a blue sky!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT mail.uoguelph.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: Evening grosbeaks at Ottawa
From: Michael Tate <michaeltate AT rogers.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:27:16 -0400
2 Immature and 1 female Evening Grosbeak were seen at the main trail near the 
eastern end where it turns to run along the marsh. Found by Dan Simpson. Many 
Robins and Juncos present and the previously reported Female Black-backed 
Woodpecker. 2 Pileated also seen. 

good birding


Michael Tate
1-613-863-8455
michaeltate AT rogers.com

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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending October 16, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:02:25 -0400
Most birders who visited Presqu'ile Provincial Park on the Thanksgiving 
weekend were rewarded by comfortable conditions and a good variety of 
migrant birds, both on land and in the water.

On Saturday, a CACKLING GOOSE was in a flock of CANADA GEESE that flew 
past.  WOOD DUCKS can easily be seen in the marsh.  A flock of AMERICAN 
WIGEONS far out in Popham Bay included an individual that, had it been 
closer, might have been confirmed as a male EURASIAN WIGEON, a species 
that birders might do well to look for in case it comes within range of 
a scope.  A NORTHERN SHOVELER and a dozen RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on 
Tuesday.  Both SURF and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS are being seen regularly.  
Other diving ducks, recently returned for a winter holiday at 
Presqu'ile, have included LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON 
GOLDENEYE.  A RUFFED GROUSE was heard drumming on the unusually late 
date of October 11.  After WILD TURKEY tracks were detected on Saturday, 
two individuals were spotted on Tuesday and Wednesday.  High 
counts/estimates of COMMON LOON and HORNED GREBE were 425 and 225, 
respectively, both on October 12.  A GREAT EGRET was again present in 
the marsh just outside the Park gate on October 14.

Six AMERICAN COOTS were in the marsh on Tuesday.  Most of the ten 
remaining species of shorebirds are being seen with some regularity this 
week.  As well as a few BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, there has been one 
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER.  The lone LESSER YELLOWLEGS on October 14 was 
the first at Presqu'ile for a few weeks.  A HUDSONIAN GODWIT, deemd for 
several reasons to be a different individual from the one that was on 
Gull Island up to September 28, was discovered at Owen Point on October 
11 and has been seen there and on the beach daily thereafter at least as 
recently as October 14.  A WILSON'S SNIPE was seen on October 11, and an 
AMERICAN WOODCOCK (not included in the above tally) on October 12.  Late 
October is the prime time for RED PHALAROPES at Presqu'ile and one might 
show up along any of the shores or even out in open water.  An adult 
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL off Gull Island on October 14 was a good find, 
but nowhere nearly as exciting as the immature PARASITIC JAEGER on the 
same day that gave excellent views before being spooked into flying off 
by a kite-surfer.  Two late CASPIAN TERNS were also seen that day on 
Gull Island.

A large owl, probably a GREAT HORNED OWL, flew across the road in front 
of a birder before disappearing into the woods.  Both MERLIN and 
PEREGRINE FALCON were seen this week.  A record late YELLOW-BELLIED 
FLYCATCHER was at the lighthouse on October 10.  Both BLUE-HEADED and 
PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were seen, the latter as recently as October 10.  
COMMON RAVEN sightings are becoming regular at Presqu'ile, and this week 
was no exception, with several being seen.  Three HORNED LARKS were at 
Owen Point on October 12.  Four MARSH WRENS were present on October 11 
and might stay until at least freeze-up.   A VEERY on October 10 was 
very late.  Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were at Owen Point on October 12.  
Although YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS are overwhelmingly predominant among 
warblers these days, eleven other species were seen in the past week, 
including late BLACK-AND-WHITE and WILSON'S WARBLERS on October 12 and 
15, respectively, and a few ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and NORTHERN 
PARULAS.  An EASTERN TOWHEE and a FOX SPARROW were noteworthy among 
Emberizids.  Five EASTERN MEADOWLARKS flying over on October 11 were an 
unusual sight.  A few PINE SISKINS have finally discovered that there is 
food in those hanging tube feeders.

To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton.
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid
that is available at the Park gate. Visitors to Gull Island not using a
boat should be prepared to wade through water that is knee-deep,
not taking into account any wave action,.in which there
is often a swift current and a substrate that is somewhat uneven and
slippery. It should also be noted that, because duck hunting is given
priority on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Owen Point, 
Gull Island,
High Bluff Island, and part of the calf pasture are not
available for bird-watching on those days after tomorrow. Birders are 
encouraged to
record their observations on the bird sightings board provided near the
campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park and to fill out a
rare bird report for species not listed there.

Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be
directed to: FHELLEINER AT TRENTU.CA .

-

-- 
Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park

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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (16 Oct 2014) 552 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Oct 2014 16:10:41 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             499          27837          31053
Osprey                       0              8             52
Bald Eagle                   1             28            193
Northern Harrier             1             35            240
Sharp-shinned Hawk          19            604           3422
Cooper's Hawk               10             96            295
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         10             14             15
Broad-winged Hawk            6            148         184837
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              5            265            559
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1              1
American Kestrel             0             64            522
Merlin                       0              9             40
Peregrine Falcon             0             22             41
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             18
Unknown Buteo                0              3             11
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             23

Total:                     552          29145         221329
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:45:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Frank Kitakis, Raburn Howland

Visitors:
3


Weather:
Don't like the weather? Wait five minutes and it'll change. That pithy
saying sums up today quite well. The sky was awash in shifting shades of
blue, white and gray throughout. And the wind was equally as temperamental,
frequently alternating between westerly and easterly. Toward the end of the
watch, the clouds began to darken and dumped some fairly heavy rain on us,
ending the count a little earlier than normal.

Raptor Observations:
Our first Golden Eagle of the season circled low and close behind us for a
short time during the early afternoon. Today also featured our first
double-digit Red-shouldered Hawk flight of the season. Not bad for what was
looking like a potential washout earlier in the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Crow (75+), Blue Jay (600+), Red-winged Blackbird (120+), Rusty
Blackbird (8), Pine Siskin (2), American Wigeon (2)

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy with strong west wind.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: High Park Weekend
From: Tim McCarthy <timmccarthy_5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:29:49 -0400
From: Tim Mccarthy via Ontbirds
 
Not much to report today with regards to raptors (23 total) but thanks to all 
who came out. There were 14 Monarch Butterflies though, and we've been seeing 
lots like that every day for the past few weeks which hopefully shows that in 
spite of all the insecticide we're throwing at them still they can have a good 
season. I hope it extends everywhere . 

My issue today is the woeful condition of High Park. This weekend is the 
weekend for colour in the leaves. There's even a festival on Sunday. So what 
are they doing? They've ripped up the Grenadier Restaurant parking lot so that 
the thousands of folks who throng to the park to take pictures this weekend 
will have limited car parking. Come on, Toronto, these people like to bring 
Grandma and Grandpa and all the kids. They can't manage on the subway. And 
Parkside drive is still under repair so they'll have a tough time getting 
through there. Is all this really in preparation for the Pan Am Games NEXT 
YEAR? If the rest of the world sees the deplorable condition of our streets 
will we be ashamed? Not if they go no futher than High Park. Otherwise well, 
yeah, you bet. 

So if you come in a car be prepared to arrive real early or spend half the day 
driving around. My advice? Come on the rocket instead. The High Park subway 
station is also under repair but at least you can get through. 

Saturday is supposed to be rainy so maybe not great for Hawk Watching but 
Sunday is supposed to have clear weather with North West winds. Judging by the 
poor showing we've had all week Sunday could be stupendous. Shine up the bins 
for Turkey Vultures, Red Tails and Shoulders, maybe some Goshawks and 
Peregrines and who knows? A Golden Eagle that many folks will be seeing for the 
first time? How about a black vulture that I'LL be seeing for the first time. 

Happy snapping and Hawking too.
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Black-backed woodpecker at ottawa
From: Michael Tate <michaeltate AT rogers.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:11:19 -0400
A female at the Jack Pine trail before the feeders

Michael Tate
1-613-863-8455
michaeltate AT rogers.com

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Subject: Raven in Ajax
From: Dave Bailey <whaler AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:37:42 -0400
At noon today I observed a raven, flying low and at a good speed toward the 
southwest, over the intersection of Monarch Avenue and Hunt Street, Ajax. I was 
driving in the opposite direction, so where it went after that is uncertain. 
The GPS location is 43.845984,-79.026466, but I doubt that it is still in that 
area, it seemed to be flying with a purpose. Birders might wish to check areas 
to the southwest. 


Dave Bailey
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Subject: Ottawa/Gatineau - October 16, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak <robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:42:20 -0400
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler and transcriber:
Bob Cermak at robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com or sightings AT ofnc.ca

Recent reports to October 16, 2014

Shirleys Bay continues to be very active as indicated by this report to eBird 
by two birders on the 14th:51 species at the Shirleys Bay boat launch, woods, 
and causeway short of first island; Hilda feeders; almost all ducks were in the 
bay.Canada Goose 10,Wood Duck 1,Gadwall 2 distant, among AMWI, so there 
may have been more,American Wigeon 15,American Black Duck 60,Mallard 
25,Northern Shoveler 2, male and female,Northern Pintail 2 both in 
flight,Green-winged Teal 20,Redhead 2, male and female,Ring-necked Duck 
60,Greater Scaup 2, there may have been more; 100+ scaup disappeared from 
sight pretty quickly,Lesser Scaup 500,White-winged Scoter 3males, 2 on the 
lake; 1 in the bay,Long-tailed Duck 2 males,Bufflehead 10,Common 
Goldeneye 10, 6 on the lake; 4 in the bay,Hooded Merganser 11,Red-breasted 
Merganser 6 on the lake,Ruddy Duck 16,Horned Grebe 3 on the 
lake,Double-crested Cormorant 8, 2 on the lake; 6 in the bay,Great Blue 
Heron 1,Northern Harrier 1, Ring-billed Gull 10,Herring Gull 1,Great 
Black-backed Gull 2,Belted Kingfisher 1,Hairy Woodpecker 2,Blue Jay 
5,American Crow 5,Common Raven 2,Black-capped Chickadee 7,White-breasted 
Nuthatch 3,Golden-crowned Kinglet 3,Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1,Hermit Thrush 
1,American Robin 25,American Pipit 1,Cedar Waxwing 1,Yellow-rumped 
Warbler 2,American Tree Sparrow 2,Field Sparrow 1,Song Sparrow 
6,White-throated Sparrow 50,White-crowned Sparrow 10,Dark-eyed Junco 
3,Northern Cardinal 1,Red-winged Blackbird 30,Rusty Blackbird 40,Purple 
Finch 1. 


The Almonte lagoons continue to be active with CACKLING (56) and CANADA (2800) 
GEESE with NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER SCAUP 
and RUDDY DUCK on the 14th. 


The ponds and marshes along the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River between 
Gatineau and Masson are very active at this time of year. On the 15th there 
were continuing LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (2) and STILT SANDPIPER, with LESSER 
YELLOWLEGS and WILSON'S SNIPE (2) at the lagoons south of Mason.Notable at 
Marais des Laiches east and Marais des Grenouillettes were lingering MARSH 
WRENS. Baie Noire continues to be active with EURASIAN WIGEON (2) present on 
the 10th. 


Shorebirds continue to be hard to find. On the 12th: at the Embrun lagoons 
LESSER YELLOWLEGS (2), LEAST (1), SEMIPALMATED (3), WHITE-RUMPED (1) and 
PECTORAL (22) SANDPIPER and DUNLIN (2). There was one GREATER YELLOWLEGS at the 
Giroux Rd ponds and at the Crysler lagoon on the 14th there were small numbers 
of GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and DUNLIN. 


Continuing to move through our area are: ORANGE-CROWNED, NASHVILLE, 
YELLOW-RUMPED, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA, AMERICAN 
REDSTART and PALM WARBLERS, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, many RUBY and GOLDEN-CROWNED 
KINGLET, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and a few FOX and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. There were 
AMERICAN BITTERN at Petrie Island on the 10th, AMERICAN COOT (3) on the Rideau 
Canal south west of Dow's Lake, ROSS'S GOOSE on the Moodie Dr pond on the 11th, 
BRANT (4) at Andrew Haydon Park, juvenile LAPLAND LONGSPUR at Frank Kenny and 
Regimbald Rds on the 12th, juvenile BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (1) on the Britannia 
pier and HORNED and RED-NECKED GREBE at Andrew Haydon on the 13th. All three 
SCOTERS have been reported in small numbers 


Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations.
Good birding. 		 	   		  
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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (15 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors (Correction)
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Oct 2014 00:10:01 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              16          13084          13204
Osprey                       0             33            116
Bald Eagle                   0             14             72
Northern Harrier             0            120            513
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11           2046           6622
Cooper's Hawk                0             69            139
Northern Goshawk             0              2              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              4
Broad-winged Hawk            0            131          70695
Red-tailed Hawk              0            234            260
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0            495           2240
Merlin                       0             16             58
Peregrine Falcon             1            110            155
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      28          16361          94085
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Carnahan

Observers:        Cary Graham, Jim Dunn, Keith Sealy

Visitors:
No visitors today...but thanks to the counters today...Mary, Jim, Keith and
Cary.


Weather:
Light S and SE winds for the day with pretty much complete cloud cover.
Temp got to a high of 16C by the afternoon.  

Raptor Observations:
A small flight today with just 28 birds ...with TV (16), Sharpie (11) and a
lone Peregrine.



The flight didn't get going until the third hour with a lone Sharpie, then
3 more in the next hour, and finally a Peregrine -- low and right at the
Cliff.  A few TVs cruised back and forth, up and down during the early
hours, but finally, a few to the north got serious between 12 and 1 PM,
crossing farther north, probably above Dexter Line from our perspective at
the knoll.

Non-raptor Observations:
What we lacked in raptors was made up for in non-raptors, beginning with a
flight of Monarch Butterflies -- on October 15th!!  Over the 5-hour period,
we saw at least 30 Monarchs.  Other butterflies spotted today were Orange
Sulphur, Cabbage White and Easter Comma.  



In non-raptor, avian news, observers reported 38 species for today
including migrating flocks of American Goldfinches, European Starlings,
American Robins, Bluejays (4000 for the day!), and Red-winged in the area
surrounding the observation knoll as well as farther north along HC Rd. In
addition there were scores of Ruby- and Golden-crowned Kinglets all over
the place.  



With the abundance of passerines, birdsong replaced the sound of howling
winds with a chorus that lasted throughout the morning.  Symphonic
highlights included White-throated and Song Sparrow, Blue-headed Vireo,
House and Carolina Wrens, American Robin, Chickadee and Eastern Towhee. As
well, observers reported sightings of Northern Cardinal, Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, Red-bellied Woodpecker and numerous Downy Woodpeckers in
addition to Cedar Waxwings and Common Grackles (15 in one tree).  All of
these sightings were in the area surrounding the observation knoll. Viewed
from the knoll were Killdeer, Cormorant, Ring-billed, Herring and
Bonaparte's Gulls (a flock of 40 along the Cliff) and of course, the
obligatory Canada Geese.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm



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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (15 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Oct 2014 00:10:51 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              16          13084          13204
Osprey                       0             33            116
Bald Eagle                   0             14             72
Northern Harrier             0            120            513
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11           2046           6622
Cooper's Hawk                0             69            139
Northern Goshawk             0              2              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              4
Broad-winged Hawk            0            131          70695
Red-tailed Hawk              0            234            260
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0            495           2240
Merlin                       0             16             58
Peregrine Falcon             1            110            155
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      28          16361          94085
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Carnahan

Observers:        Cary Graham, Jim Dunn, Keith Sealy

Visitors:
No visitors today...but thanks to the counters today...Mary, Jim, Keith and
Cary.


Weather:
Light S and SE winds for the day with pretty much complete cloud cover.
Temp got to a high of 16C by the afternoon.  

Raptor Observations:
A small flight today with just 28 birds ...with TV (16), Sharpie (11) and a
lone Peregrine.

Non-raptor Observations:
The flight didn't get going until the third hour with a lone Sharpie, then
3 more in the next hour, and finally a Peregrine -- low and right at the
Cliff.  A few TVs cruised back and forth, up and down during the early
hours, but finally, a few to the north got serious between 12 and 1 PM,
crossing farther north, probably above Dexter Line from our perspective at
the knoll.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm



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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (15 Oct 2014) 165 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Oct 2014 22:10:32 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture             122          22310          24515
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                   2             49            186
Northern Harrier             4             58            286
Sharp-shinned Hawk          29           1406           5940
Cooper's Hawk                2             56            207
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             16             55
Broad-winged Hawk            0             25          36331
Red-tailed Hawk              3            350            605
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              1              6
American Kestrel             0            219            925
Merlin                       0              6             53
Peregrine Falcon             0             18             36
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             17
Unknown Buteo                1             23             50
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              3              4
Unknown Raptor               1             11             34
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     165          24574          69306
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Carol Pitts, Claude Radley, Ed Pitts

Visitors:
A quiet day, with John Balga visiting after working a little bit on the
Purple Martin houses.


Weather:
It was a beautiful day on the tower with winds less than 5km/h coming from
combinations of the south and east. We had a lot of blue sky for the 4
middle hours of the count and temperatures ranged from 16C to 23C.

Raptor Observations:
We had over 100 Turkey Vultures today, but they were really far on the
north side of the marsh and barely visible in binoculars. Thankfully, we
had a really nice look at a few birds to make up for it. One highlight was
an adult Red-Shouldered Hawk (that didn't end up migrating) which came up
really close to the tower and did a couple circles around before
disappearing again. Another (migrating) Red-Shoulder was corralling a small
murmuration of starlings and hung around the group for a minute before
flying out. There was a surprise at the end of the day from a nocturnal
raptor: a Great Horned Owl was calling from what sounded like the picnic
area of Holiday Beach!

Non-raptor Observations:
There were passerines flying all over the marsh until around 1 EST when the
skies became much quieter. American Goldfinches were flying in big flocks
of up to 80 birds today, totalling 793 by the end of the count. Kinglets
were seen all throughout the bushes around the tower, along with
Yellow-rumped Warblers. Flocks of European Starlings, Red-winged
Blackbirds, Rusty Blackbirds and one Brown-headed Cowbird were seen today
as well, along with 102 American Crows. See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20244191 

Predictions:
North winds for the morning look a bit more promising to bring some raptors
through, though there is a chance of drizzle and a wind switch to the West
in the afternoon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT mail.uoguelph.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (15 Oct 2014) 371 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Oct 2014 19:10:46 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             311          27338          30554
Osprey                       1              8             52
Bald Eagle                   0             27            192
Northern Harrier             1             34            239
Sharp-shinned Hawk          37            585           3403
Cooper's Hawk                6             86            285
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              4              5
Broad-winged Hawk            4            142         184831
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              7            260            554
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             64            522
Merlin                       0              9             40
Peregrine Falcon             0             22             41
Unknown Accipiter            1              4             18
Unknown Buteo                1              3             11
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             23

Total:                     371          28593         220777
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Patrick Mulawa

Visitors:
3


Weather:
Mostly cloudy skies but with some occasional clearing throughout the day,
the wind was light and out of the southeast.

Raptor Observations:
A spurt of birds wandered past around midday, mostly accipiters and buteos.
Two more Red-shouldered Hawks were added to the overall count. Their
numbers should continue to build over the next week or so in anticipation
of their usual late October peak.

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jay (4000+), Red-winged Blackbird (800+), American Crow (40+),
American Goldfinch (30+), Purple Finch (2), Horned Lark (3), Blackpoll
Warbler (1), Yellow-rumped Warbler (8), Golden-crowned Kinglet (15+),
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (25+), Hermit Thrush (1), Blue-headed Vireo (1), 

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy with moderate west wind and a 40 percent chance of light
afternoon rain.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: Pacific Loon - Barrie
From: Josh Vandermeulen <joshvandermeulen AT live.ca>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:36:57 -0400
David Szmyr and I studied a juvenile Pacific Loon in Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie 
from 5:20 to 6:15 PM. I managed some very distant photos. At times the bird was 
within 500 m from shore, and it stayed in the same general area for the 
duration of the observation. It was a smallish loon, noticeably smaller than 
the abundant Common Loons and similar in size to a Herring Gull sitting on the 
water. The back was very dark, head/nape with classic rounded shape and 
somewhat lighter in colour then the back (more charcoal coloured) small white 
area on face, bill dark and not tilted upward like Red-throated Loon, shap 
demarcation between white throat and dark sides of neck. OBRC reports will be 
submitted by Dave and I. I will post photos on my blog 
(joshvandermeulen.blogspot.com) later this evening. 


We first spotted the bird from Minet's Point Park, located on the south side of 
Kempenfelt Bay. The bird was seen within a ~200m stretch of water directly in 
front of the park (due north). 


Loons are currently staging on Lake Simcoe as they do every year at this time. 
Earlier, Dave counted 1740 of them from the same vantage point - this is a 
record high count for Ontario, I believe. Red-necked Grebes, Red-throated Loons 
and Little Gulls are easily seen on Lake Simcoe through October and November, 
and all of those species were present today. 


Directions: Highway 400 North, exit Essa Road in Barrie, continue east to the 
Barrie waterfront. Turn right on Lakeshore, left on Minet's Point Road/white 
Oaks Rd. Park will be on the left. 



Good birding,
Josh Vandermeulen 
joshvandermeulen.blogspot.com

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Subject: Cattle Egret, North of Wheatley
From: Mike Nelson <mikesbirds AT rogers.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:36:23 -0400
Claire Nelson found a Cattle Egret at the east end of Lakeshore Rd. 311 
near Wheatley Rd. (Road 1).

Go north about 6 km. from Wheatley and turn left on "Tilbury West and... 
Road" at the big curve.
The Cattle Egret was in the field on your Left.

Mike and Claire Nelson
London


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Subject: Cackling Geese (2), Merlin, Greater Yellowleg
From: Luc Fazio <llukefazio AT netscape.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:26:24 -0400

Hi folks:
 After leading the Bird walk at The Riverwood Conservancy this Wednesday AM, I{ 
Luc Fazio} did some counting of Geese on the West side of Woodbine Racetrack ( 
east of the hiway #427) after 1 PM, specifically North and West of the horse 
paddock, entrance gate #8. looking west behind the fence there were many many 
Canada Geese with 2 Cackling Geese, in the wet area there was a Greater 
Yellowleg and a Merlin landed on a close by post. 

 
here is the complete list for The Woodbine Racetrack west side ( east of HW # 
427) and adjacent Goreway Dr by Wildwood Park:-__ 

 here you can find a map 
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z8BUueGp_nqE.kXPpWB06OZK8 

 
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  2
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  375
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  18
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  3
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  2
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  1 ( late migrant)
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  12
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  2
Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  11
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
At The Riverwood Conservancy, Wednesday AM) ( see map) we tallied the following 
on thebird watching hike on trails 34 species 

Here is a map: 
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z8BUueGp_nqE.kuziTM2EvHX0

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  14
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  8
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  10
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  12
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  8
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2 { these woodpeckers are 
permanent resident and nesters now at Riverwood) 

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  6
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  5
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  7
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 4 RUKI have been moving through our 
area in large groups, this is a low count today 

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  15
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  28
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  5
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  4
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  8
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  10
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  16
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  5
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Enjoy the beautiful fall colours and birds.........Lucio

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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (14 Oct 2014) 2 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Oct 2014 16:10:23 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0          13068          13188
Osprey                       0             33            116
Bald Eagle                   0             14             72
Northern Harrier             0            120            513
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0           2035           6611
Cooper's Hawk                0             69            139
Northern Goshawk             0              2              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              4
Broad-winged Hawk            0            131          70695
Red-tailed Hawk              0            234            260
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             2            495           2240
Merlin                       0             16             58
Peregrine Falcon             0            109            154
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                       2          16333          94057
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 10:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Carnahan

Observers:        Keith Sealy

Visitors:
The only visitor today was Ken Wooton. Thanks to Mary and Keith for getting
a count done today.


Weather:
Winds from the SSE this morning were fierce and although we had balmy temps
(18C), facing into that wind for two hours was chilling.  In the end, rain
moved in and we moved out.  

Raptor Observations:
Observers noted a high count of 2 local Bald Eagles, but there were
possibly 3 or even 4 individuals cruising the cliff, back and forth, during
the 2-hour watch, including 1 adult, the rest, youngsters.  the 2 Kestrels
made a run for it together early in the first hour, but were blown back a
couple of times, retried and after several minutes, made it to the
treeline, their flight remeniscent of the Monarchs in last week's high
winds.



8 TVs flew west at the north end of the field, looking serious in their
attempt, but 8 TVs seemed to be blown back about twenty minutes later and
thus were erased from today's tally sheet.  After that they cruised up and
down the field.  The local Red-tailed Hawk kited at the edge of the Cliff
for a few minutes as the hour changed.

Non-raptor Observations:
Passerines spotted today were mostly across from the knoll, hugging the
bushes and grapevines; thanks to Keith for today's list which included
Winter Wren, Phoebe, Ruby- and Golden-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped
Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, American Robin, Black-capped Chickadee,
American Goldfinch and Eastern Towhee.  At the north end of the field, a
few small flocks of Bluejays and Red-winged Blackbirds flew west and 2
Cormorants briefly joined the Gull parade along the cliff.  No Butterflies
or Dragonflies were noted today, but even in that wind, we still had
Mosquitoes and Midges!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm



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Subject: RE Ross's Goose sightings in Eastern Ontario
From: Brian Morin <brianlmorin AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:38:24 -0400
Andrew Keaveney's note re the recently sighted hybrid Lesser x Ross's Goose
in Ottawa is an alert not only for that individual but for all small white
geese. When I looked at the picture posted of that bird, my first thought
was that it was almost certainly a hybrid. I have seen 5 hybrid geese in
Eastern Ontario since 2013, including two yesterday. They were mostly
adults. But I've only seen 2 Ross's Geese. While that is just my personal
experience it does send a message that one must exercise caution when
trying to identify these smaller birds.

My observation: At first glance they appear to be Ross's based on size but
they are a bit larger if side by side comparison with Ross's is possible
and I have had that good fortune on two occasions. I have also photographed
them so I have been able to check in detail after the fact. The head
profile is more like a Lesser Snow Goose than that of a Ross's which is
clearly seen if you get a good look at the bird, but the bill is noticeably
smaller than a Snow Goose yet larger than Ross's. Of course the bird is
also smaller than a Lesser Snow Goose which is the subspecies seen in
Southern Ontario.

The important point is that birders need to know that this third
alternative even exists and most don't. While Ross's sightings in the east
have increased over the years and will likely continue to do so, the number
of hybrids being seen in the east will at least keep pace with the pure
Ross's we see in migration. The population of Lesser Snow Geese in the
eastern Arctic has increased in the last few years to the point where we
are now seeing pure flocks of thousands in spring migration after the main
migration of Greater Snow Geese. While I don't know how the Ross's
population is doing there (this is a western species for the most part),
the opportunity for hybridization is increasing so this challenge will not
diminish over time.

A final note. The Ottawa bird was a juvenile hybrid between a Ross's Goose
and a white Lesser Snow Goose. One of the birds I saw yesterday was a
hybrid involving a dark morph Lesser Snow Goose. Dark morphs are a
significant percentage of the Lesser Snow Goose population compared with
Greater Snow Geese so observers in Eastern Ontario should also be checking
for small mostly dark juvenile hybrids mixed in with Snow Goose flocks.


Brian Morin
Cornwall
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Subject: Re: Ottawa Ross's Goose - hybrid origin
From: Andrew Keaveney <uofgtwitcher AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:42:29 -0400
Not a sighting but given the number of OFO AGM participants that saw this bird 
I thought I would post this for those that hadn't heard. 


The Ross's Goose seen also by yours truly on the Sunday morning is most 
certainly of hybrid origin according to very experienced Goose biologists. It 
would likely be a Lesser Snow Goose x Ross's mix. 


Better fix your eBird checklists!

Cheers,

Andrew Keaveney
647-383-8894
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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (14 Oct 2014) 2 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Oct 2014 22:10:18 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0          27027          30243
Osprey                       0              7             51
Bald Eagle                   0             27            192
Northern Harrier             0             33            238
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            548           3366
Cooper's Hawk                0             80            279
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0            138         184827
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              0            253            547
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             64            522
Merlin                       0              9             40
Peregrine Falcon             2             22             41
Unknown Accipiter            0              3             17
Unknown Buteo                0              2             10
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             23

Total:                       2          28222         220406
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 10:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess

Visitors:
1


Weather:
Overcast from the get-go, off-and-on showers shut us down by late morning.

Raptor Observations:
Two early morning peregrines shot past.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Partly cloudy with light southeast wind and a 50 percent chance of
afternoon rain.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: Snow Geese east of Casselman
From: Brian Morin <brianlmorin AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:12:35 -0400
After a few weeks with a very small number of Greater Snow Geese hanging
around the sod farm south of Hwy 417, the larger flocks have moved in.
There were close to 10,000 there today, almost all fairly close to the main
highway and west of Hwy 138. It is possible to see the birds from Hwy 138
but you will need a scope to check them for other species since more tend
to be towards the western part of the fields.

Heading 1 km south of 417 to Lafleche Rd there were some birds closer but
most joined the main flock before I arrived. Another smaller group of a
couple hundred mixed with Canadas were just south of Lafleche. With them
were an adult and juvenile hybrid Lesser Snow Goose x Ross's Goose. There
were also some gulls near this closer flock which included 3 adult Lesser
Black-backed Gulls. Another 4 adult Lesser Black Backs were at a distance
closer to the main flock of Greater Snow Geese.

If you are checking for Lessers at a distance be aware that there are adult
Great Black Backs with worn plumage making their colour very close to the
Lessers. Use size and if possible leg colour for identification. With a
flock this large there are likely one or more Ross's Geese but they will be
tough to pick out.


Brian Morin

Directions: Casselman is east of Ottawa along Hwy 417. Take the Hwy 138
exit and check the birds closer to the 417 from this vantage point. Head 1
km south to Lafleche Rd to view other flocks. Snow Geese are usually
present on these fields each day although flock size will vary.
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (14 Oct 2014) 36 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Oct 2014 20:10:35 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture              15          22188          24393
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                   0             47            184
Northern Harrier             0             54            282
Sharp-shinned Hawk          19           1377           5911
Cooper's Hawk                1             54            205
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             15             54
Broad-winged Hawk            0             25          36331
Red-tailed Hawk              0            347            602
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              1              6
American Kestrel             0            219            925
Merlin                       0              6             53
Peregrine Falcon             0             18             36
Unknown Accipiter            1              2             17
Unknown Buteo                0             22             49
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              3              4
Unknown Raptor               0             10             33
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      36          24409          69141
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Jim McCoy

Visitors:
We were happy to answer questions and chat with four people from
Wallaceburg, Ontario today during one of the breaks in the rain. Karen also
stopped by at the end of the watch and got to look at some Northern
Shovelers, since the raptors were avoiding the rain!


Weather:
Though it drizzled/rained off and on all day, it was still pleasant on the
tower. A warm breeze (4-16km/h) came from the SE and the temperature
hovered between 17 and 20C. 

Raptor Observations:
The SE wind wasn't doing us any favours today with the birds, so by the end
of the watch there'd been 36 birds of 3 species (Turkey Vultures,
Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper's Hawk). Quite a few birds were going the wrong
direction for migration, namely 70 Turkey Vultures that popped up out of
the west and made a few floating passes along the beach before heading back
from whence they came. A juvenile Northern Harrier tried to glide sneakily
by from West to East, and two of our resident juvenile Bald Eagles hung
around for the first hour of the morning.

Non-raptor Observations:
We didn't have many big numbers of passerines flying over in comparison to
the past few days, but there was a nice variety in the trees and around the
tower. Yellow-rumped Warblers were jumping all around in the bushes, and
there was a nice look at some Rusty Blackbirds that stayed in a nearby tree
for a few minutes. An exciting time during the day was the sudden
appearance at 3pm in the marsh of a flock of 90 Bonaparte's Gulls with a
nice mix of juveniles and adults. See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20234444

Predictions:
The rain should be gone by the morning but winds still from the S and E.
Even if there's not many raptors flying, there's always a lot going on the
marsh!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT mail.uoguelph.ca)
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Subject: Ross's Goose, North Bay
From: Brent Turcotte via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:44:45 +0000 (UTC)
Should have done this sooner. Since October 4, there has been an immature 
Ross's Goose in North Bay. Both Martin Parker and Steven O'Donnell have 
confirmed my photographs and to my knowledge at least two other good birders 
have seen it as well. 



The most reliable place to see it is by a bunch of ball fields. To get there go 
up Highway 11 North. At the second set of lights turn left onto Fisher Street. 
Go almost all the way to the end of Fisher, turn left onto Main at the lights. 
Follow Main until you get over an overpass. Turn left at the lights onto Judge 
Avenue. Drive until you see a parking lot on your left. It will cross a 
bikepath. If you go beyond the bikepath into the residential area you have gone 
too far. The Ross's has been seen there most days in the afternoon. Times seen 
there range from 3:15 PM to 6:45 PM. 


The Ross's wanders with the Canadian Goose flock and may be in a different part 
of the city in the morning. One couple found it on a grassy field by the bus 
terminal. Turn right onto Main then left onto Wyld and follow to the end past 
the place where the bus' turn in. This parking lot may require a paying for a 
parking pass or be one of the first two hour free ones. 


Another possible location is the waterfront itself. Turn right instead of left 
onto Judge and turn right onto Queen. If its not at Amelia Park, continue onto 
Memorial Drive on your left. Yet another possible location is the education 
center. From the end of Memorial Drive turn left onto Main, follow until 
Gormanville on your right. Go into the roundabout up College Drive. The 
education center will be on the left. Go to the visitor parking lot if on 
regular parking hours. Go to the back to a grassy field by a pond, and geese 
are sometimes there. 


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Subject: Hudsonian Godwit STILL at Presqu'ile
From: "Bree, David (MNR)" <david.bree AT ontario.ca>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:52:48 +0000
The Hudsonian Godwit is still present at Presqu'ile with the difference this 
morning being it was at the tip of Owen Point so no wading required to see it 

Also present
Pectoral sandpiper - 21
Dunlin - 10
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 3
Lesser yellowlegs - 1
Semipalmated Plovers - 4
Black-bellied Plovers - 4

Also the usual Gulls - Ring-billed, Herring, Black-Backed and Bonaparte's

Beautiful summer day out there today.


To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, exit Hwy 401 at Hwy 30 (exit 509) go south 
and follow the signs through Brighton (15 minutes) 


Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid that is 
available at the Park gate. 


The wade to Gull Island is no more than a foot deep now but always beware of 
waves and the shifting currents can change the bottom at any time. 


The Duck Hunt closes Owen Pt and Gull Island on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 
and Saturdays 


Birders are encouraged to record their observations on the bird sightings board 
provided near the campground office by The Friends of Presqu'ile Park and to 
fill out a rare bird report for species not listed there. 




David Bree
Sr. Natural Heritage Education Leader
Presqu'ile Provincial Park
328 Presqu'ile Parkway
Brighton, ON.
K0K 1H0
613 475-4324 ext 225
David.bree AT ontario.ca



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Subject: Juncos
From: "Bill and Nancy Logan" <bnlogan AT eagle.ca>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:09:03 -0400
The first flock of Juncos of the season arrived in our backyard Monday 
afternoon. We live in Cobourg and our house backs on to Dunegan Park in the 
east end of town. 

Bill Logan 
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Subject: Lake Dore
From: mark gawn <gawnbirding AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:05:04 +0000
Yesterday, Jon Ruddy and I surveyed three of the big lakes in Renfrew county in 
eastern Ontario. Numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls on Lake Dore are building up, 
with a maximum count yesterday of 170, a large number for the Ottawa Valley. 
Also present were 23 Surf Scoter and good numbers of Common Loon, Red-necked 
Grebe and Horned Grebe. There was also a 1st winter Lesser Black-backed Gull, 
surprising as there were not many large gulls present. A nearby field held 59 
Sandhill Crane. Muskrat Lake held a small flock of Bonaparte's Gull, scattered 
Common Loon plus one male Long-tailed Duck and a somewhat worried looking juv. 
Common Gallinule. 


 		 	   		  
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (13 Oct 2014) 55 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 13 Oct 2014 22:10:09 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture              12          22173          24378
Osprey                       1             19             53
Bald Eagle                   0             47            184
Northern Harrier             1             54            282
Sharp-shinned Hawk          41           1358           5892
Cooper's Hawk                0             53            204
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             15             54
Broad-winged Hawk            0             25          36331
Red-tailed Hawk              0            347            602
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              1              6
American Kestrel             0            219            925
Merlin                       0              6             53
Peregrine Falcon             0             18             36
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             16
Unknown Buteo                0             22             49
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              3              4
Unknown Raptor               0             10             33
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      55          24373          69105
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Pettit

Observers:        Al Stewart, Gwen Patrick, John Craft, Larry Ludwicki

Visitors:
10 different couples or families with kids visited the tower on the
Canadian Thanksgiving day. A couple and their friend from Orchard Lake MI.
Folks were happy to be out enjoying the day after the early rain and spotty
rain from 8-12 EST. Many had dogs on leash. Just love the variety of
colorful young (3-5yr) kid’s boots.



Many thanks to HBMO members who shared the day with me passing the time
with stories and many false looks at distance “gulldarn" gulls.


Weather:
Wind SE<->SSE 6-11km/hr, 15.4-18.6C, Barometer 29.99-29.92mmHg, Cloud Cover
100% Most of day with last 3 hours 90%-85%.

Raptor Observations:
Slow day with overcast and SE winds. Death Winds! Sporadic flight with
birds just popping up and moving west. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Canada Goose - 15, Mute Swan - 25, Mallard - 50, Double-crested Cormorant -
45, Great Blue Heron - 2, Great Egret - 15, Killdeer - 2, Ring-billed Gull
- 35, Belted Kingfisher - 1, Downy Woodpecker - 1, Northern Flicker - 2,
Vireo Species - 1, Blue Jay - 2,000+, American Crow - 11, Tree Swallow -
300, Swallow Species - 100, Carolina Wren - 1, American Robin - 100,
European Starling - 3,000+, Warbler Species - 30, Northern Cardinal - 1,
Red-winged Blackbird - 100, Blackbird Species - 50, American Goldfinch - 3

Predictions:
Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain, then a
chance of a thunderstorm and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 70F.
Breezy. Winds from the South at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80% with
rainfall amounts near 0.5 in. possible.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bob Pettit (redknot AT earthlink.net)
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http://hbmo.ca/


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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (12 Oct 2014) 1589 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 13 Oct 2014 21:10:52 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture            1538          22161          24366
Osprey                       0             18             52
Bald Eagle                   3             47            184
Northern Harrier             2             53            281
Sharp-shinned Hawk          18           1317           5851
Cooper's Hawk                0             53            204
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             15             54
Broad-winged Hawk            0             25          36331
Red-tailed Hawk             21            347            602
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              1              6
American Kestrel             2            219            925
Merlin                       0              6             53
Peregrine Falcon             0             18             36
Unknown Accipiter            1              1             16
Unknown Buteo                4             22             49
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              3              4
Unknown Raptor               0             10             33
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                    1589          24318          69050
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jason Craft

Observers:        Claire Sanders, John Craft

Weather:
Wind no greater then 6-11km/hr, started in NE -> SE->SW->NE, 8.8-17.1C,
50%-0% cloud cover.

Raptor Observations:
Mostly TV with double digit SS and RT. Not much of a day for variety.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Rain in the AM with SE winds 5-11km/hr.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jason Craft (greycraft2003 AT yahoo.com)
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Subject: Laughing Gull - Wheatley Harbour
From: Henrique Pacheco <henrique.j.pacheco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:24:28 -0400
I am currently watching a first/second year laughing gull swimming in the water 
at Wheatley Harbour. The bird has a partial hood. It occasionally flies but 
soon lands. Associating with rb gulls. 


Take the 401 to Queens line just west of Chatham-Kent to Tilbury. Turn south on 
Wheatley road which turns into Kent Road 1 which turns into Erie street. Take 
Erie street all the way to the end. The bird is in the water off the beach on 
the east side. 


Henrique
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Subject: Re: Laughing Gull - Wheatley Harbour
From: Henrique Pacheco <henrique.j.pacheco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:52:15 -0400
We lost sight of the gull when hundreds of gulls took flight. We have not been 
able to relocate the bird since 12:39pm. 


Directions are the same as the previous email. 

Henrique
Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 13, 2014, at 12:24 PM, Henrique Pacheco 
 wrote: 

> 
> I am currently watching a first/second year laughing gull swimming in the 
water at Wheatley Harbour. The bird has a partial hood. It occasionally flies 
but soon lands. Associating with rb gulls. 

> 
> Take the 401 to Queens line just west of Chatham-Kent to Tilbury. Turn south 
on Wheatley road which turns into Kent Road 1 which turns into Erie street. 
Take Erie street all the way to the end. The bird is in the water off the beach 
on the east side. 

> 
> Henrique
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Cattle Egret, Mitchell's Bay Marine Park today...
From: Bill CORNELL <w-j.cornell AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:04:56 -0400
A Cattle Egret was sighted & photographed resting & foraging alongside Great 
Egrets & a Great Blue Heron all afternoon today in the Marine Park marsh. It 
followed alongside one of the Great Egrets like a little puppy dog! 


Bill Cornell
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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (13 Oct 2014) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 13 Oct 2014 18:10:01 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0          27027          30243
Osprey                       0              7             51
Bald Eagle                   0             27            192
Northern Harrier             0             33            238
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            548           3366
Cooper's Hawk                0             80            279
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0            138         184827
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              0            253            547
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             64            522
Merlin                       0              9             40
Peregrine Falcon             0             20             39
Unknown Accipiter            0              3             17
Unknown Buteo                0              2             10
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             23

Total:                       0          28220         220404
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Patrick Mulawa

Visitors:
0


Weather:
We were fogged in today. Considerable fog obscured Celeron Island and the
stacks from view until the late afternoon. Periodic bouts of light rain
didn't help matters much, either. 

Raptor Observations:
Nothin' doin'

Non-raptor Observations:
With the fog continuing unabated, I took some time to scour the trails and
found quite a bit of activity. Both kinglet species, Hermit Thrushes,
White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows and Yellow-rumped and Palm
Warblers were all observed in good numbers. 

Predictions:
Rain appears likely.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (12 Oct 2014) 95 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Oct 2014 23:10:26 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              80          13068          13188
Osprey                       0             33            116
Bald Eagle                   0             14             72
Northern Harrier             2            120            513
Sharp-shinned Hawk          13           2035           6611
Cooper's Hawk                0             69            139
Northern Goshawk             0              2              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              4
Broad-winged Hawk            0            131          70695
Red-tailed Hawk              0            234            260
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0            493           2238
Merlin                       0             16             58
Peregrine Falcon             0            109            154
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      95          16331          94055
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 11:00:00 
Total observation time: 1 hours

Official Counter:        Chris Burris

Observers:        Keith Sealy, Mark Cunningham

Visitors:
Thanks to Chris, Keith and Mark for getting the count done for today.


Weather:
Wind seemed E which allowed the bird pipeline to get cleaned out in the
10-11 hour. Lots of sunshine today and a cool morning with temp at 12C,

Raptor Observations:
A total of 95 birds for the period...13 Shins, 2 Harriers, and 80 TVs.
After that, enough of a southern vector appeared in the wind so that the
skies dried up... so spent some time looking for passerines.



Non-raptor Observations:
Hermit and Swainson’s Thrushes; Eastern Bluebird; Pine Siskin; both
Kinglets; Winter, Carolina, and House Wren; White-crowned, White-throated,
Song, and Swamp Sparrow; Dark-eyed Junco; Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned
Warbler; Eastern Phoebe; (approx. 80) Rusty Blackbirds; Brown Creeper were
the highlights.



One Ruby Meadowhawk (dragonfly) was also noted.

Predictions:
Southerly winds for Monday will push migrants inland and will likely mean
less birds passing the hawkwatch itself.
========================================================================
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Subject: White-eyed Vireo, nr Westport.
From: <rc.anderson AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:56:09 +0000


A White-eyed Vireo was seen twice in a hedgerow on the west side of Wolfe Lake 
Rd (locally called Golf Course Rd, leads to Evergreen Golf Course) , just past 
a real estate sign for Brad Wing. In company of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and other 
migrants. 


From Westport, (n. of Kingston) take Bedford Rd to Salem crossroads, turn right 
on Wolfe Lake Rd. 


Rosemary Anderson

 		 	   		  
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Subject: Toronto Islands - Sedge Wren and Black-billed Cuckoo
From: Norm Murr <normurr AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:12:09 -0400
Today I was joined on Hanlan’s Point by Alfred Adamo and Margaret Liubavicius 
and though the number of species was down from our Friday outing we did come up 
with some nice birds besides the Subject Birds. 


Merlin, 37 Eastern Phoebes, both Nuthatches, Winter Wrens, Both Kinglets, with 
75+ Ruby-crowns and the Golden-crown numbers were way down, 82 Hermit Thrushes, 
under counted as were the Phoebes, A. Pipits, E. Towhees, Field, Savannah, 
Lincoln’s and Swamp Sparrows, 500+ White-throated Sparrows and 150+ 
White-crowned Sparrows. 


Warbler species were way, way down as were the number of Yellow-rumped 
Warblers. We did find 6 Orange-crowned Warblers but only 1 each of Nashville 
Warbler and Common Yellowthroat and only 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers. 


Still it was a beautiful day to be down there.


TORONTO ISLANDS – FALL SCHEDULE – TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY for a ferry to 
Hanlan’s Point and Centre Island until next April. 


Note:- Fare :- Adults $7.00 - Seniors / Students $4.50 

If you are on the subway southbound get off at the TTC’s Union Subway 
Station, walk south on Bay Street (on the east side of the station) for about 1 
km to the ferry docks at the foot of Bay Street at Queen’s Quay and you are 
there. The entrance to the ferry docks (well signed) is on the west side of the 
Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. 


To get to the Toronto Islands from the TTC’s Union Subway Station on the TTC 
you may transfer to the #6 or the #6A Bay St. TTC bus on Bay Street just 
outside of the east entrance to the GO Station. They both go down Bay Street to 
Queen’s Quay. Go passengers arriving by train or bus must pay a fare to use 
the TTC bus. 


For those who choose to head down to the docks on Sunday before the Subway 
opens you can catch the #97B Yonge St. Blue Night bus (Steeles Ave. To Queens 
Quay). This bus will let you off right across the street on Bay St. only steps 
from the ferry docks entrance. 


You may also want to visit the TTC web page http://www.ttc.ca/ for trip 
planning assistance. 


If in an auto on the Gardener Expressway or on Lakeshore Blvd, then exit at Bay 
Street and drive south to Queen’s Quay, there are very few parking lots 
nearby. One is located just a block north of the ferry docks. 


NOTE 1: – For those who arrive at the docks early or need the fix there is a 
Tim Hortons across from the ferry dock entrance just east of the corner of Bay 
St. and Queens Quay. 

NOTE 2:- If you want to learn more about birding on the Toronto Islands you can 
access my Toronto Islands Birding And Site Guide on the OFO web site at:- 
http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/articles.torontoislands 


Norm Murr
Richmond Hill
Ontario, Canada

You can't see birds if you don't go out but sit and wait for others to find 
them. 

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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (12 Oct 2014) 4805 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Oct 2014 17:10:05 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            4708          27027          30243
Osprey                       1              7             51
Bald Eagle                   0             27            192
Northern Harrier             8             33            238
Sharp-shinned Hawk          27            548           3366
Cooper's Hawk                5             80            279
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              3
Broad-winged Hawk           14            138         184827
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk             35            253            547
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             64            522
Merlin                       1              9             40
Peregrine Falcon             0             20             39
Unknown Accipiter            1              3             17
Unknown Buteo                1              2             10
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              6             23

Total:                    4805          28220         220404
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Patrick Mulawa

Visitors:
10


Weather:
Partly cloudy at the start, rapid clearing left us with sunny and clear
skies for much of the day. Out of the east or southeast throughout, the
wind was mostly moderate with occasional strong gusts.

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures keep on coming. The morning featured a 30 minute span when
no less than six sizable vulture kettles were within view. Riding the stiff
easterly wind, they soon formed into a single lengthy stream stretching
from Celeron Island to the stacks and wobbled their way out of the viewing
area. Not quite as spectacle-rich, the afternoon still managed to bring us
a smattering of small groups streaming out high overhead. Red-tailed and
Broad-winged Hawks continue to embed with the vulture streams and were
joined by a handful of Sharp-shinned Hawks and Northern Harriers.     

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon (1), Blue Jay (800+), Red-winged Blackbird (250+),
Golden-crowned Kinglet (4), Yellow-rumped Warbler (2)

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy with warmer temps, light south wind and a 50 percent chance
of light rain.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (11 Oct 2014) 4198 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Oct 2014 16:10:14 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 11, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            4118          22319          25535
Osprey                       0              6             50
Bald Eagle                   1             27            192
Northern Harrier             0             25            230
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11            521           3339
Cooper's Hawk               12             75            274
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              3
Broad-winged Hawk            9            124         184813
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk             47            218            512
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             61            519
Merlin                       0              8             39
Peregrine Falcon             0             20             39
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             16
Unknown Buteo                0              1              9
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5             22

Total:                    4198          23415         215599
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Don Sherwood

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess

Weather:
Sunny and clear with moderate north wind.

Raptor Observations:
Vultures were on the move. Mixed in with them came an assortment of
Broad-winged and Red-tailed hawks. Other species were seen in limited
numbers.

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jay (7000+), Red-winged Blackbird (250+), American Goldfinch (30+),
Common Loon (1), Yellow-rumped Warbler (1), Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.




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Subject: Tripod found, Snow & Cackling Geese, Reesor Pond, Markham
From: Rick Lauzon <rlauzon AT total.net>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:03:44 -0400
There were two white Snow Geese (one a greyish juvenile), a group of seven 
Cackling Geese, and eight Coot. 

I also found a high-end tripod nearby. 
 
Rick Lauzon
Scarborough
 
The pond is on the west side of Reesor Rd, just north of Hwy 407.
 		 	   		  
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