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25 Oct Fox Sparrow [Selena Flynn ]
25 Oct Fox sparrows at James Gardens [Noah Cole ]
25 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (25 Oct 2014) 813 Raptors []
25 Oct Brant at Bluffers Park, Scarborough [Rick Lauzon ]
25 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (25 Oct 2014) 818 Raptors []
25 Oct Trumpeters, Pipits and Eagles [iain wilkes ]
24 Oct Rusty Blackbirds at the University of Waterloo [Karl Heide ]
24 Oct Long Point Bird Observatory Sightings Board Update - October 24. Oregon Junco, Oregon Junco, Red Phalarope, [Stuart Mackenzie ]
24 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (24 Oct 2014) 1869 Raptors []
24 Oct Pacific Loon - Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie [Karl & Kathy Konze ]
24 Oct Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, October 24th, 2014 ["Cheryl Edgecombe" ]
24 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (24 Oct 2014) 169 Raptors []
24 Oct High Park Hawkwatch Fri., Oct. 24, 2014 [Tim McCarthy ]
24 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (24 Oct 2014) 1025 Raptors []
24 Oct Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 1997 Gordon Lake Rd. - Johnson Township - Amended [Karl & Kathy Konze ]
24 Oct Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 1997 Gordon Lake Rd. - Johnson Township - YES [Karl & Kathy Konze ]
24 Oct Great Gray Owl west of Sudbury [Jean Iron ]
23 Oct Black Vulture at RMGRW in Scarborough [Walter Fisher ]
23 Oct Algonquin Park Birding Report: 23 October 2014 [Ron Tozer ]
23 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (23 Oct 2014) 3564 Raptors []
23 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (23 Oct 2014) 1864 Raptors []
23 Oct High Park Hawkwatch Thurs.Oct.23, 2014 [Tim McCarthy ]
23 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (23 Oct 2014) 4178 Raptors []
23 Oct Ottawa/Gatineau - October 23, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak ]
23 Oct Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending October 23, 2014. [Fred Helleiner ]
23 Oct Black Vulture, Evening Grosbeak and Oregon Junco at Cranberry Marsh, 23-Oct-2014 ["Geoff Carpentier" ]
23 Oct Cranberry - Evening Grosbeak ["Geoff Carpentier" ]
23 Oct OFO Young Birders Trip - Saw-whet owl banding is full ["Lynne AT Gmail" ]
22 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (22 Oct 2014) 4099 Raptors []
22 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (22 Oct 2014) 8683 Raptors []
22 Oct High Park Hawk Watch Wed. Oct.22 [Tim McCarthy ]
22 Oct 3 Pacific Loons in Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie [Andrew Keaveney ]
22 Oct Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - east of Sault Ste Marie ["Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" ]
22 Oct Black-legged Kittiwake in Barrie [DB ]
22 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (22 Oct 2014) 14212 Raptors []
22 Oct Pacific Loons in Barrie NOW [Andrew Keaveney ]
22 Oct Purple Finch, Merlin, ++ (Bird walk at The Riverwood Conservancy) [Luc Fazio ]
22 Oct Tufted Titmouse at 4257 Gregoire Rd Ottawa area [Michael Tate ]
22 Oct Re: Sandhill Cranes over Belleville [Wallace Rendell ]
21 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (21 Oct 2014) 1565 Raptors []
21 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (21 Oct 2014) 1130 Raptors []
21 Oct Golden Eagle, Snow Goose, but no Cackling geese at Clairville Reservoir & Woodbine Racetrack [Luc Fazio ]
21 Oct Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Van Wagner's Beach, Hamilton, Oct. 21 [Leonard Manning ]
21 Oct Tufted Titmouse - north of Marionville - Ottawa District [Nina Stavlund ]
21 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (21 Oct 2014) 2398 Raptors []
21 Oct Ducks on Lake Scugog ["Bruce F. Aikins" ]
21 Oct Clarification:OFO and TRCA Young Birders Saw-whet Owl Banding, Oct. 25th [Lynne Freeman ]
21 Oct OFO & TRCA Event: Saw-whet Owl Banding, October 25th, Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto [Lynne Freeman ]
21 Oct Re: American Pipet in Algonquin Prov Park ["Dr. Wanda Smith" ]
21 Oct Pine Siskins and Purple Finch, Ottawa [Judy and Peter Hall ]
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" ]

Subject: Fox Sparrow
From: Selena Flynn <selenaflynn AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:15:08 -0400
Sorry for the late notice. Saw that someone posted a recent sighting of a FS 
and don't know if it is worthy to mention. 


Two fox sparrows spotted on the ground foraging. Seen on the trail to the light 
house at Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory around 11am. A first sighting for 
me. 


Selena

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Subject: Fox sparrows at James Gardens
From: Noah Cole <greenravenphotography AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:56:10 -0400
Today at 4 PM, 2 fox sparrows were seen in the woods, among a flock of
robins, along the Humber River at James Gardens.

James Gardens is located at 61 Edgehill Rd, Toronto

Noah Cole,
Don Mills, Toronto,
Ontario

-- 
Noah Cole
647 224 1494
GreenRavenPhotography AT gmail.com
http://www.GreenRavenPhotography.com 

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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (25 Oct 2014) 813 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 25 Oct 2014 19:10:33 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture             570          42571          44776
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                   1             85            222
Northern Harrier             3            154            382
Sharp-shinned Hawk          68           2826           7360
Cooper's Hawk                3            113            264
Northern Goshawk             1              6              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          7            180            219
Broad-winged Hawk            1             30          36336
Red-tailed Hawk            149            898           1153
Rough-legged Hawk            2              5              5
Golden Eagle                 4             10             15
American Kestrel             2            308           1014
Merlin                       1             18             65
Peregrine Falcon             1             25             43
Unknown Accipiter            0              6             21
Unknown Buteo                0            120            147
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              5              6
Unknown Raptor               0             19             42
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     813          47399          92131
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jeremy Hatt

Observers:        Bob Hall-Brooks, Dan Lumm, Donny Moore, Jim McCoy

Visitors:
Quite a few visitors came up the tower today, enjoying a beautiful, warm
fall day. Many thanks to Dan Lumm, Jim McCoy, and Donny Moore for helping
w/ the count and to the hawk-banding crew for bringing a Red-tailed Hawk
and Sharp-shinned Hawk to the tower for many to enjoy. 


Weather:
Variable cloudiness throughout the day w/ some hours having 0% cloud cover
and others having 100%. Winds were out of the SW in the morning and then
shifted to W in the afternoon. It was a warm day w/ temperatures reaching
23.6C.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
A few passerines migrated by the tower in the morning but by afternoon,
very little was on the move. The marsh continues to be great for waterfowl
w/ Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern
Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, and Ring-necked
Duck all seen from the tower. A major highlight today was a single American
White Pelican that flew high over the tower in the morning and then
returned in the afternoon, flying 20 metres from the tower, where many
observers got to enjoy great looks. A few passerine migrant counts:
American Crow (155), Horned Lark (24) Tree Swallow (31), American Robin
(24), European Starling (3,510), Cedar Waxwing (137), Red-winged Blackbird
(290), Pine Siskin (169), American Goldfinch (217). 

Predictions:
Sunny w/ west winds throughout the day gusting up to 20km/h and
temperatures up to 14C in the afternoon. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jeremy Hatt (hattjeremy AT hotmail.com)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: Brant at Bluffers Park, Scarborough
From: Rick Lauzon <rlauzon AT total.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:53:06 -0400
Three Brant were swimming a few feet off shore at the western tips of the park 
at about 6PM today (near the very scenic sand bluff cliffs). 

So close that you could hear them babbling. They really like to stay close to 
each other (in my limited experience). 

I like to promote the east end locations so that I don't always have to trip 
out west to see birds. 

 
The park is at the south end of Brimley Road. Lots of parking. Walk to Brant is 
maybe 300 metres. 

 
Rick Lauzon
Scarborough
 		 	   		  
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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (25 Oct 2014) 818 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 25 Oct 2014 17:10:24 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             572          61098          64314
Osprey                       0             12             56
Bald Eagle                   3             53            218
Northern Harrier             6             88            293
Sharp-shinned Hawk          41           1437           4255
Cooper's Hawk               11            167            366
Northern Goshawk             1              3              3
Red-shouldered Hawk         12            273            274
Broad-winged Hawk            0            169         184858
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk            154           1480           1774
Rough-legged Hawk            0              8              8
Golden Eagle                16             27             27
American Kestrel             1             98            556
Merlin                       0             12             43
Peregrine Falcon             1             28             47
Unknown Accipiter            0             11             25
Unknown Buteo                0             12             20
Unknown Falcon               0              2              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             14             31

Total:                     818          64992         257176
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Don Sherwood

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Greg Smith, Jonathan Stein

Visitors:
35+


Weather:
Midday clouds were bracketed by clearer skies early in the morning and
later in the afternoon. Warmer, temperatures reached the low 70s for the
first time in a while. The wind was moderate and out of the west and
southwest.

Raptor Observations:
After a slow morning, we had a highly enjoyable Golden Eagle flight this
afternoon, with great looks at many eagles meandering through the viewing
area. Red-tailed Hawks dominated the count total otherwise.

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-winged Blackbird (700+), Rusty Blackbird (25+), Common Grackle (7),
American Crow (250+), Tree Swallow (200+), Northern Rough-winged Swallow
(4), Pine Siskin (100+), Cedar Waxwing (40+), American Pipit (1)

Predictions:
Sunny with cooler temps and moderate 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: Trumpeters, Pipits and Eagles
From: iain wilkes <iain.wilkes AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:30:08 -0400
 Friday late afternoon I was coming home on Hwy 7 to Carleton Place. At McGowan 
Lake and Hwy 7 there were 5 Trumpeters Swans which flew overhead, likely scared 
by the constant gunfire from the other shore. Further on just east of Perth on 
Hwy 7 in large open fields before Gardiner Road a flock of 20 Pipits landed in 
a field of dried soya beans. 

 
Today, I drove to Joes Lake in the top NW corner of Lanark County and saw 2 
Golden Eagles over the lake. If you take Hwy 7 west from Ottawa to Perth then 
north on Hwy 511 to the Road marked to Poland you end up a the bottom end of 
the lake. Turn right onto the road marked to Flower Sta. and watch the skies 
along the way. 

 
Also there are Hooded Mergansers and Bufflehead where Hwy 7 cross the 
Mississippi at Carleton Place. 

 
cheers
 
 


Iain
 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds at the University of Waterloo
From: Karl Heide <karlheide AT rogers.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:17:04 -0700
At about 5:30 pm today (Friday October 24th), I observed a pair of rusty 
blackbirds on the University of Waterloo campus in the Village 1 marsh. 1 had 
distinct fall plumage and the other was darker, possibly still in breeding 
plumage or else molting. Both birds were vocalizing (singing) quite regularly. 
There were many red-winged blackbirds and starlings around as well as robins, 
blue-jays, etc. 


The rusties were perching in some trees on the edge of the forest just on the 
north side of the creek, and also flying across the marsh and back. For 
reference, there was a clump of 3 thick dead trunks with the bark peeled off 
next to where they were perching. This spot is about halfway between the health 
services building and the bridge at Ron Eydt Village, and right along the 
creek. There is no official trail to this part of the marsh. 


Directions: The University of Waterloo is in Waterloo, ON, about 1.5 hours west 
of Toronto. Coming from the 401, take highway 8 going north and follow signs to 
Waterloo, exit at University Ave. Go west to Seagram and turn into the 
university. Left on ring rd. and left at the entrance to REV and MKV. There is 
parking around here but I'm not sure if it's free or not. The campus can also 
be accessed from from the North from Columbia st. From Ring rd., walk down the 
path along the V1 green and cut into the woods just before they merge with the 
path. 


Good birding,

Karl Heide       
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Subject: Long Point Bird Observatory Sightings Board Update - October 24. Oregon Junco, Oregon Junco, Red Phalarope,
From: Stuart Mackenzie <smackenzie AT bsc-eoc.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:18:49 -0400
Long Point Bird Observatory Sightings Board - Oct 19 to 24, 2014.

It was another exciting week in the Long Point area. Waterfowl numbers continue 
to build with greater than 30,000 waterfowl of most species on the Inner and 
Outer Bays. Numbers of Tundra Swans and Sandhill Cranes are also slowly 
starting to build. Raptor movements have been steady following north and 
northwest winds late this week with more Northern Harrier, adult Accipiter, 
Red-shouldered Hawk, and of course Northern Saw-whet Owls moving through the 
region. Long-eared Owls also made a good showing at the Tip. Passerine 
migration has been slow on the ground, but thousands of diurnal migrant robins, 
pipits, and siskins have filled the skies most mornings. The river of 
blackbirds is flowing steadily and approaching half a million birds as they 
make their way from the mainland to Long Point over Old Cut each evening. 


Highlights:

Snow Goose - Three were observed flying over Old Cut October 18 (LPBO).

Cackling Goose - One was at the Lee Brown Waterfowl Management Area October 18 
(MD, RM). 


Redhead - A high of 26,477 were observed at Old Cut October 24 (LPBO).

Long-tailed Duck - A high of 94 and 80 were observed at the Tip October 20 & 
22, respectively (LPBO). 


Horned Grebe - A high of 66, 43 and 70 were observed at the Tip October 20, 21, 
22, respectively (LPBO). 


Red-throated Loon - One was observed flying over Old Cut October 18 (SAM, NMR).

Least Bittern - One individual was observed at Old Cut October 18 (NMR).

Great Blue Heron - LPBO's third ever was banded at Old Cut after clumsily 
working its way into a mist net October 23 (LPBO). 


Black-crowned Night Heron - One was observed at Old Cut October 18 (LPBO).

Red Shouldered Hawk - Numerous individuals were observed throughout the week 
and one was banded at Old Cut October 20. 


American Golden Plover - One was at the Tip October 18 (SMS, JGK).

Red Phalarope - One was at the Tip October 19-22 (LPBO).

Parasitic Jaeger - Two birds, dark and light morph, were observed at the Tip 
October 20 (SMS, CMS, et al). 


Bonaparte's Gull - A conservative estimate of 10,000 birds were at the Tip 
October 18 (LPBO). 


Little Gull - Eight were observed at the Tip October 19 (LPBO), and one was 
observed at Old Cut October 23 (SAM, HBM). A high of 18 were at the Turkey 
Point beach October 19 (LHB). 


Northern Saw-whet Owl - Peak migration is upon us with 105 and 197 banded 
October 22 and 23, respectively. The Tip banded 127 October 23 (LPBO). 


Long-eared Owl - One was found roosting at the Tip October 19 (LPBO). Eight 
were banded at the Tip October 23 (LPBO). 


Red-bellied Woodpecker - One was at the Tip October 19 & 23, and as many as 
four have been observed at Old Cut throughout the week (LPBO). 


Northern Shrike - An adult was observed at the Tip October 22 (CJW, PRG).

Horned Lark - Two were observed at the Tip October 22 (LPBO).

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - One individual was observed at Old Cut October 
19 (LHB). 


Tree Swallow - Two and 7 were observed at Old Cut October 21 & 22 (LHB, LPBO).

Barn Swallow - One was observed at the BSC headquarters October 24 (MVB, JRA, 
DT). 


Eastern Bluebird - Two and 16 were observed at the Tip and Old Cut, 
respectively October 23(LPBO). 


Swainson's Thrush - A late individual was banded at Old Cut October 23 (LPBO).

American Robin - Great migration this week with a high of 1,108 at Old Cut 
October 19 (LPBO). 


American Pipit - A high of 90 were observed at the Tip October 22 with smaller 
numbers flying over Old Cut daily (LPBO). 


Lapland Longspur - One female-type was observed at the Tip October 21 & 
22(LPBO). 


Snow Bunting - First of the season was observed on the south beach October 19 
(MYR, CJW, PRG). 


Orange-crowned Warbler - Two individuals were banded October 18 and one 
individual was banded October 22 at Old Cut (LPBO). 


American Redstart - A definitive basic female was banded at Old Cut October 22
(LPBO).

Cape May Warbler - One male type bird was observed October 20 (SMS, CMS) and a 
first basic was banded October 21 (LPBO). 


Northern Parula - A definitive basic male was banded at the Tip October 18 and 
a first basic male was banded October 22 (LPBO). 


Other warblers for the period: Tennessee, Nashville, Black-throated Green, 
Yellow-rumped, Pine. 


American Tree Sparrow - A definitive basic bird banded at the Tip October 24 
(LPBO). 


LeConte's Sparrow - One individual was observed October 18 on Rogers Ave. 
(LHB). 


Oregon Junco - One first basic male was banded at Old Cut October 21 (LPBO).

Clay-coloured Sparrow - One was observed flying in off the Tip the morning of 
October 18 (DLL et al.) 


Indigo Bunting - One was observed at Old Cut October 24 (SAM, APT).

Rusty Blackbird - Many have been observed in the area this week with a high of 
180 October 24 (SAM). 


Red-winged Blackbird - A high of 45,740 at Old Cut October 24 (SAM).

Common Grackle - A high of 350,070 at Old Cut October 24
 (SAM).

Eastern Meadowlark - A high of nine and ten were observed flying in off of the 
lake at the Tip October 22 & 23, respectively (SMS, DLL). 


Pine Siskin - Many thousands have been moving through the area with a high of 
830 at the Tip October 22, and many hundreds flying over Old Cut daily with a 
high of 356 October 24 (LPBO). 


American Goldfinch - Highs of 575 and 450 at the Tip October 21 & 22 (LPBO).

Observers:
Luke Berg (LHB), Mark Dorriesfield (MD), John Glazebrook (JGK), Pip Guillet 
(PRG), Myriam El Harouchey (MYR), Dayna LeClair (DLL), Stuart Mackenzie (SAM), 
Ruevan Martin (RM), Hugh McArthur (HBM), Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO), 
Nancy Raginski (NMR), Claudia Strijek (CMS), Shawn Sullivan (SMS), Adam Timpf 
(APT), Chris Wagner (CJW), Mick Wright (MTW). 


Season to date banding totals:

Old Cut - 4,087 - 656
Tip - 4,190
Breakwater - 1,331

Countdown to 1,000,000 = 949,204


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
smackenzie AT birdscanada.org
www.birdscanada.org/lpbo
www.motus-wts.org

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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (24 Oct 2014) 1869 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 24 Oct 2014 22:10:44 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture            1662          42001          44206
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                   1             84            221
Northern Harrier            13            151            379
Sharp-shinned Hawk          78           2758           7292
Cooper's Hawk                5            110            261
Northern Goshawk             1              5              5
Red-shouldered Hawk          9            173            212
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          36335
Red-tailed Hawk             56            749           1004
Rough-legged Hawk            0              3              3
Golden Eagle                 2              6             11
American Kestrel             2            306           1012
Merlin                       2             17             64
Peregrine Falcon             0             24             42
Unknown Accipiter            2              6             21
Unknown Buteo               34            120            147
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               1              5              6
Unknown Raptor               1             19             42
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                    1869          46586          91318
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Donna Bedard, Larry Ludwicki

Visitors:
We had 8 visitors today who enjoyed the beautiful weather, a look at a
muskrat, and some close Sharp-shinned Hawks. 


Weather:
Clouds came and went through the day and winds switched between the W, SW,
SSW and S, though it was generally very calm (less than 5km/h). 

Raptor Observations:
Birds were getting pushed far to the north side of the marsh, identifiable
mostly through a scope. Between 11 and 12 was a great hour, with more than
half the buteos for the day along with two immature Golden Eagles. It was
interesting that 75% of the Red-tailed Hawks were adults. It was a nice day
overall, with over 1500 Turkey Vultures and a good variety of species (11).

Non-raptor Observations:
Earlier in the day brought good flights of Red-winged Blackbirds and
American Crows with a few Blue Jays still coming through. The Juncos were
back again today, feeding around the tower, where the kinglets were also
quite abundant. The marsh was providing for many birds today with 8 species
of duck, among others. There were two especially stunning male Wood Ducks
hanging around fairly close to the tower. See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20327431

Predictions:
Winds at 20km/h from the W and SW with some cloud cover and warming up to
18C. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT mail.uoguelph.ca)
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Subject: Pacific Loon - Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie
From: Karl & Kathy Konze <konze AT rogers.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:52:04 -0400
Hi all,

This afternoon, Burke Korol (from Barrie) and David ___?___ (from London) 
re-found one of the Pacific Loons reported a couple days earlier. My son and I 
were grateful to have them show it to us as well. The bird was visible from 
Minet Point Park, on the south side of the bay. Originally the bird was almost 
across the bay, but it drifted a considerable distance east while we watched 
it. This particular bird appeared to be transitioning from breeding plumage to 
winter plumage. Bring your scope!! 


Directions (as per Andrew Keaveney): These two parks are reached via Lakeshore 
Dr. in Barrie. Take Essa Rd. exit off of Hwy. 400 and head east to Kempenfelt 
Bay. 


Also seen at the Marina in Barrie were lots (10+?) of Little Gulls close to 
shore. Unfortunately, we did not see the Black-legged Kittiwake. 


Karl Konze
Guelph, Ontario
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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, October 24th, 2014
From: "Cheryl Edgecombe" <cheryle29 AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:37:37 -0400
LITTLE GULL
POMARINE JAEGER
PARASITIC JAEGER

Snow Goose
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tiled Duck
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey 
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Merlin
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Black-bellied Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Tern
Chimney Swift
Eastern Phoebe
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Pipit
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
Evening Grosbeak

It's been another great week of fall migration here in the Hamilton Study
Area.  Late fall migrants are showing up and the west end of the lake
continues to be productive on east and north east winds.

This week at the Lakeland Tower at Van Wagner's Beach and east of here from
Green Road, LITTLE GULL, POMARINE AND PARASITIC JAEGER were highlights of
rarities passing through.  Also of note were two very late Common Terns.
Along with them, the number of Long-tailed Ducks and White-winged Scoters
which have arrived is staggering.  Other birds seen were Northern Pintail,
Green-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Surf and Black Scoter, Red-breasted
Merganser, Red-throated and Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Bonaparte's and Great
Black-backed Gulls increasing in number.  Passerines seen while viewing here
include Lapland Longspur, Eastern Towhee and Fox Sparrow.

Woodland Cemetery is a great place to view migration on northwest winds for
raptors and passerines.  Last Sunday did not disappoint with raptors moving
through.  Among the list were Turkey Vulture (in numbers), Bald Eagle,
Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Goshawk (juv),
Red-shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk (late date), Red-tailed Hawk and
Merlin.  The flight line then moved north and a good viewing locale was
Highway 6 Carpool lot on York Road where a small flock of Sandhill Cranes
and a Common Raven were viewed.  Birds flying over Woodland included a very
late Chimney Swift, Eastern Phoebe, Red-winged and Rusty Blackbirds, Eastern
Meadowlark, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin and a flock of Evening Grosbeaks.
Today another Evening Grosbeak was seen flying over

Shorebirds are still lurking about.  If you get a chance to go down to the
Valley Inn off Spring Garden Road in Aldershot, two Long-billed Dowitchers
have made a presence all week with nice photographic opportunities.  At
Princess Point, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs are present.  At Windermere
Basin, Black-bellied Plover, Greater Yellowlegs and Dunlin were shorebirds
noted.  A late Spotted Sandpiper was seen at LaSalle Marina.

Reports from the woodlots have been a little scarce but migrants moving
through LaSalle Park this week include Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned
Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Redstart and Fox Sparrow.  At Olympic Woods
behind Olympic Arena in Dundas, Eastern Phoebe, Hermit Thrush, Fox,
White-crowned, White-throated, Song, American Tree, Chipping Sparrow,
Dark-eyed Junco and Purple Finch have been seen in the week.

In the odds and sods, a single Snow Goose was seen in a flock of Canada's at
the Satellite Golf Centre at Mud Street and Centennial Parkway last weekend.
American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Canvasback and Hooded Merganser and a
growing number of American Coot were waterfowl seen at Windermere Basin.
Ruddy Ducks are building in numbers at Tollgate Pond. Wild Turkeys seem to
have made their way into urban areas with a small flock seen at a yard in
Brantford.  A couple of weeks ago, I had a call that one was in the middle
of the road near downtown Burlington.  A dozen Great Egrets were present at
Valley Inn last weekend. A nicely marked juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull
was sitting on the mud spit at Windermere Basin.  Another late juvenile
Broad-winged Hawk was seen over Ancaster. Winter Wren, Orange-crowned and
Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-crowned, White-throated and Chipping Sparrow
were seen at Mercers Glen in Burlington.  American Pipits could be heard
over Princess Point.  Two late Black-and-white Warblers were seen at 14 mile
Creek in Oakville.  More American Tree Sparrows were seen at Mountsberg
Conservation Area.  Lastly, a lovely male Evening Grosbeak made a stop at a
feeder near Shell Park so stock them up!

It will be a nice mix of winds this weekend so get out and search your local
woodlots for migrants.  Our Hamilton Fall Bird Count is next Sunday so we
need some scouting to find some good birds.


Have a great weekend.
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC








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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (24 Oct 2014) 169 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 24 Oct 2014 20:10:37 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              87          25621          25741
Osprey                       0             35            118
Bald Eagle                   0             41             99
Northern Harrier             1            253            646
Sharp-shinned Hawk          48           4276           8852
Cooper's Hawk                2            186            256
Northern Goshawk             1             10             11
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            347            347
Broad-winged Hawk            0            155          70719
Red-tailed Hawk             28           1771           1797
Rough-legged Hawk            0              4              4
Golden Eagle                 2             25             25
American Kestrel             0            703           2448
Merlin                       0             34             76
Peregrine Falcon             0            117            162
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:                     169          33578         111302
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jim Dunn

Observers:        Don Campbell, Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan

Visitors:
No visitors today. Thanks to Jim, Mary, Keith and Don C. for hanging in for
the day to get a count done.


Weather:
A cold damp morning with virtually no wind which limited the migration to a
few Shins & TV's in the first few hours. As the humidity began to drop
around noon,  we got a few more TV's and Don & Keith got the first Golden
Eagle. The wind eventually did pick up but from the SW and then WSW for the
remainder of the day which simply pushed any migrants further inland away
from the hawkwatch.

Raptor Observations:
A total of 169 birds today....with TVs (87), a single N. Harrier, Sharpies
(48), a couple of Cooper's Hawks and another lone N. Goshawk, Redtails (28)
and just a couple Golden Eagles.

Non-raptor Observations:
Observers at the south end of Hawk Cliff Rd were greeted by a very loud
bird chorus this morning.  The predominant sounds coming from the trees
were easily identifiable as Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds and European
Starlings, but close listening also revealed that there were pockets of
many other species lurking lower in the bushes (White-throated Sparrow,
Song Sparrow, Purple Finch and a single but very chatty Red-bellied
Woodpecker) and others singing as they crossed the field in flocks, notably
Am. Pipits and Eastern Bluebirds, these flying in flocks of up to 100 birds
for a short while around mid-morning.  Farther north along the road, Crows
and Blue Jays comprised the predominant sound, although again, careful
listening turned up Hermit Thrush, DE Juncos, both species of Kinglets, BC
Chickadees, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-breasted Nuthatch and 1 very
robust Blue-headed Vireo.   And then there were a few species that were
mostly quiet but spotted anyway, including House Finch, an American
Redstart, Cedar Waxwings,DE Juncos and Northern Cardinal.  Seen from the
observations spot at Sharpie Alley were a Tree Swallow, a Wood Duck, Canada
Geese, Cowbirds and a Grackle.  



By this afternoon, butterflies (Orange and Clouded Sulphurs, Cabbage
Whites, Painted Lady) and dragonflies (a couple of Green Darners and a lot
of Meadowhawks) were seen in the field and along the roadside.  Observers
also dealt with a variety of biting and stinging insects including stable
flies, mosquitoes, yellow-jackets, ladybugs and non-biting but nonetheless
annoying midges.  What an interesting array for late October!

Predictions:
Saturday is forecast to be nice weatherwise and windy...BUT the winds will
be out of the W which will scatter the flight.  There will be birds on the
move but a large flight right at the hawkwatch is unlikely.  Sunday
continues to look like a decent flight day but with predominantly NW and
WNW winds the flight should be better.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
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http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm



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Subject: High Park Hawkwatch Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
From: Tim McCarthy <timmccarthy_5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:00:14 -0400
from Tim Mccarthy via Ontbirds
 
Today a bunch of folks came out to the Hill to see for themselves if we could 
possibly get 3 good days of hawkwatching in a row. 

And you others, well I guess you're all still waiting for today's result?
 
Well, the answer is.........
 
Nope.
 
So here's what we saw instead:
 
Turkey Vultures           214
Bald Eagle                          1
Sharpshin                          6
Red Shoulder                    2
Red Tail                            66
Golden Eagle                     1
Unid. Buteo                       3
 
Total                              293
 
Both Red Tails and Turkey vultures were really far up in a mostly blue sky. I 
had trouble seeing them with the bins let alone the naked eye. Now I know why 
they made me the counter. 

Some of those guys I swear have telescopic vision.What might help for you if 
you find yourself in my situation is if you're wearing polaroids (and everybody 
who watches out in the sun for hours should) to switch the polaroid sunglasses 
for your regular clear ones for a while. That worked for me but then I got sore 
eyes from too much sun. 

Some of our new folks got a thrill today when they saw a Golden Eagle for the 
first time. Most can't believe how big it is. Like a nail keg slung under an 
ironing board. If you ever want to see one of these guys close up try the main 
gallery of the R.O.M. There's a stuffed specimen there that you shouldn't miss. 

The Cityworkers are tantalisingly close to opening the Grenadier Restaurant 
Parking lot. They still had not painted the lines when we left today. This 
probably means no parking lot this weekend. 

The colours of the leaves are staggeringly beautiful though. Try not to miss 
them as this will probably be the last weekend of the season. 

Good Birding,
Tim
 
 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (24 Oct 2014) 1025 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 24 Oct 2014 17:10:22 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             677          60526          63742
Osprey                       1             12             56
Bald Eagle                   3             50            215
Northern Harrier            12             82            287
Sharp-shinned Hawk         137           1396           4214
Cooper's Hawk                6            156            355
Northern Goshawk             1              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk         23            261            262
Broad-winged Hawk            0            169         184858
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk            141           1326           1620
Rough-legged Hawk            4              8              8
Golden Eagle                 5             11             11
American Kestrel             5             97            555
Merlin                       1             12             43
Peregrine Falcon             0             27             46
Unknown Accipiter            2             11             25
Unknown Buteo                3             12             20
Unknown Falcon               1              2              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3             14             31

Total:                    1025          64174         256358
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, John Elliott

Visitors:
2


Weather:
There was little consistency overhead today. Clouds moved in and out of the
viewing area, shifting our spotting background from clear skies to overcast
and everything in between. Early fog and distant haze limited visibility.
The wind was light and variable early, shifting to the southwest after
noon.

Raptor Observations:
Movement was minimal up until the late morning when the floodgates finally
opened. For two hours midday, a flurry of Golden Eagles, Northern Harriers
and Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, Sharp-shinned and Rough-legged Hawks zoomed
by, with smaller numbers of American Kestrels and Cooper's Hawks mixed in
for good measure. The Golden Eagles and Rough-legged Hawks were certainly a
sight to behold but today's real treat was a Northern Goshawk that decided
to pull up and soar right above us! For the second afternoon in a row, many
birds rode the southerly wind and crossed well to our north.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-winged Blackbird (8500+), American Crow (4000+), Blue Jay (150+), Rusty
Blackbird (400+), Brown-headed Cowbird (30+), Common Grackle (60+),
American Robin (60+), Pine Siskin (80+), Horned Lark (6), Caspian (2),
Forster's Tern (20+)

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy with warm temps and moderate 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: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 1997 Gordon Lake Rd. - Johnson Township - Amended
From: Karl & Kathy Konze <konze AT rogers.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:05:08 -0400
Some slightly amended text...

Hi Folks,
 
This evening (October 23/14) between 5:45pm and 6:10pm I observed and 
photographed the Johnson Township Scissor-tailed Flycatcher that was first 
observed in the yard of Terry Winter (local naturalist) and first reported to 
ONTbirds on October 22/14 by Mark Oliver. Two local birders from the Sault 
(Kirk Zufelt and John Ralston) both observed and photographed the bird this 
morning (Kirk Z.) and just after lunch (John R.). 

 
I found it within a few moments of arriving to the general area. It was 
fly-catching from a shrub close to the farmhouse at 1997 Gordon Lake Road. 

 
It did this for about 10 minutes then I watched it fly to east facing side of 
the house where it eagerly caught bugs associated with the windows and roof 
edges of this farmhouse. 

 
I would have expected it to be on the west facing side (where the energy of the 
sun was most) but I guess the east side of the house must have more heat loss 
and hence more bugs. 

 
When it got too cold it took cover in a semi open barn, with skylight windows, 
that contains sheep, chickens and cows (and likely bugs). This is the last I 
saw of it...by then it was getting dark. 

 
Location: Gordon Lake Road just north of Old Soo Rd. and just south of Diamond 
Lake Road (bird has been observed on both sides of the road). This location is 
13km north-east of Desbarats, ON or 19km north-west of Bruce Mines (both are 
situated along Hwy 17). 

 
 
Ken McIlwrick
Sault Ste. Marie
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Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 1997 Gordon Lake Rd. - Johnson Township - YES
From: Karl & Kathy Konze <konze AT rogers.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:02:12 -0400
Posted for Ken McIlwrick...

Hi Folks,
 
This evening (Thursday October 23) between 5:45pm and 6:10pm I observed and 
photographed the Johnson Township Scissor-tailed Flycatcher that was first 
observed in the yard of Terry Winter (local naturalist) and first reported to 
ONTbirds on October 22/14 by Mark Oliver. A local birder from the Sault (John 
Ralston) also observed and photographed this bird today sometime after lunch. 

 
I found it within a few moments of arriving to the general area. It was 
fly-catching from a shrub close to the farmhouse at 1997 Gordon Lake Road. 

 
It did this for about 10 minutes then I watched it fly to east facing side of 
the house where it eagerly caught bugs associated with the windows and roof 
edges of this farmhouse. 

 
I would have expected it to be on the west facing side (where the energy of the 
sun was most) but I guess the east side of the house must have more heat loss 
and hence more bugs. 

 
When it got too cold it took cover in a semi open barn, with skylight windows, 
that contains sheep, chickens and cows (and likely bugs). This is the last I 
saw of it...by then it was getting dark. 

 
Location: Gordon Lake Road just north of Old Soo Rd. and just south of Diamond 
Lake Road (bird has been observed on both sides of the road). This location is 
13km north-east of Desbarats, ON or 19km north-west of Bruce Mines (both are 
situated along Hwy 17). 

 
 
Ken McIlwrick
Sault Ste. Marie
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Subject: Great Gray Owl west of Sudbury
From: Jean Iron <jeaniron AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:49:56 -0400
I just had a call from Erwin Meissner who had a solid report of a Great Gray
Owl observed last week near Massey about 100 km west of Sudbury. Erwin
thought that this might be an early indication of a movement this fall and
winter. Small mammal populations may be low in northeastern Ontario based on
reports I had last summer.

Erwin, formerly of Massey, is now living in Little Current on Manitoulin
Island. He reports good numbers of American Golden-Plovers in wet fields on
the island. He welcomes visiting birders and his phone number is
705-368-0161.

Ron Pittaway
Toronto ON


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Subject: Black Vulture at RMGRW in Scarborough
From: Walter Fisher <walter006 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:51:07 -0400
Just wanted to add that today's reported Black Vulture was seen by myself and 
5-6 other hawkwatchers at the Rosetta McClain Gardens Raptor Watch in southern 
Scarborough at roughly 2:40 PM. From our position the Vulture rose up above the 
tree line at the north edge of the park (Kingston Road), circled a couple of 
times on a thermal with a few Turkey Vultures before breaking off and heading 
due west. This was our first ever Black Vulture since the start of hawkwatching 
at Rosetta back in 2004. 


Rosetta McClain Gardens is located along Kingston Road roughly 1 km east of 
Birchmount Road in southern Scarborough. Watch for the entrance to the park on 
the right-hand side. 


Walter Fisher
Scarborough
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 23 October 2014
From: Ron Tozer <rtozer AT vianet.ca>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:36:39 -0400
HAWK WATCH

Algonquin Park is not known as a place to see hawk migration and so
Lev Frid's report of the following from the cliff top at Lookout Trail on
October 22 was noteworthy: Turkey Vulture (18), Bald Eagle (4),
Northern Harrier (1), Northern Goshawk (3), Red-tailed Hawk (12),
Rough-legged Hawk (1) and Golden Eagle (2).


BOREAL SPECIALTIES:
 
Spruce Grouse: There were recent sightings near Wolf Howl Pond on
Mizzy Lake Trail.

Black-backed Woodpecker: Reported in the Wolf Howl Pond/West
Rose Lake area.

Gray Jay: Seen at Wolf Howl Pond and West Rose Lake; at Spruce Bog
Boardwalk; along Opeongo Road; and at the Logging Museum.

Boreal Chickadee: Observations near Wolf Howl Pond and along
Opeongo Road.
 
                   
                   
WINTER FINCHES:
 
Purple Finch: Still a few being observed, but becoming much less frequent.

White-winged Crossbill: Six were at the Old Airfield on October 22.

Common Redpoll: Four observed by Lev Frid at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on
October 22 were the first this fall.

Pine Siskin: Small numbers were noted, usually calling in flight.

American Goldfinch: Few reports. Most may have left.
 
Evening Grosbeak: Singles and very small groups reported.


Birders reporting records through eBird are encouraged to share their lists
with the Algonquin Park Bird Records account (APPbirds).


Good Birding!
 
Ron Tozer
Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired)
Dwight, ON
 
DIRECTIONS:
 
Algonquin Provincial  Park is three hours north of Toronto, via Highways
400, 11 and 60. Follow the signs which start in Toronto on Highway 400.
From Ottawa, take Highway 17 to Renfrew, then follow Highway 60 to the
park. Kilometre markers along Highway 60 in the Park go from the
West Gate (km 0) to near the East Gate (km 56).
 
Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding
locations mentioned here) at the East Gate or the West Gate. Locations are
also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca
 
The Visitor Centre exhibits and restaurant at km 43 are open daily
from 9 am to 5 pm.

For more information see the Algonquin Park events calendar at:
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/involved/calendar/



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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (23 Oct 2014) 3564 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 23 Oct 2014 22:10:46 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            2271          25534          25654
Osprey                       0             35            118
Bald Eagle                  14             41             99
Northern Harrier            30            252            645
Sharp-shinned Hawk         398           4228           8804
Cooper's Hawk               18            184            254
Northern Goshawk             3              9             10
Red-shouldered Hawk        192            347            347
Broad-winged Hawk            0            155          70719
Red-tailed Hawk            611           1743           1769
Rough-legged Hawk            2              4              4
Golden Eagle                10             23             23
American Kestrel            13            703           2448
Merlin                       2             34             76
Peregrine Falcon             0            117            162
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:                    3564          33409         111133
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jim Dunn

Observers:        Bill Smith, Chris Burris, Dave Verkley, Don Taylor,
                  Mary Carnahan, Mike Street, Tom Thomas

Visitors:
Many visitors today who helped with the count...Mike Nelson; Mike Vermul;
Robin Brown; John Froome; Bill & Heather Wilson; Dave Weir plus many other
that we did not get names...along with a number of our usual crew Jim Dunn,
Tom Thomas; William Smith; Mary Carnahan; Dave Verkley; Chris Burris; Mike
Street; Don Taylor;Cary Graham and Bob Johnstone


Weather:
A gorgeous fall day started out chilly at 3C, warming to 15C by mid day. 
Wind was gentle from N & NW throughout the day and the sky was a deep AZURE
BLUE making spotting and ID'ing birds a challenge. We continue to enjoy a
high pressure system sitting over the Great Lakes region.

Raptor Observations:
Highlights were certainly the 10 Golden Eagles, several of which were adult
looking birds; the 3 Northern Goshawks, 2 of which were circling with 2
Coops, providing a great comparison and the 3 Ravens "croaking" their way
across the field. 



Many thanks to the spotters and visitors with excellent vision; good bins
and powerful scopes who made it possible to get a pretty good count with a
total of 3,584. The bulk of today's flight was once again TVs (2,271)...but
other species put in a good showing with Sharpies (398), Redtails (611) and
Red-shoulders (192). A few falcons today with Kestrels (13) and Merlins
(2)....another couple of Roughlegs, N. Harriers (30), Cooper's Hawks (18),
and a nice count of Bald Eagles (14).

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of flocks passed by the Alley today including 7 Tundra Swans, Am.
Pipits, Pine Siskins, Eastern Bluebirds, Purple Finches, Am. Crows, Am.
Robins, European Starlings, Rusty and Red-winged Blackbirds and
brown-headed Cowbirds; later at the B&B, a flock of at least 15 Killdeer
flitted back and forth in the cornfield.  As well, hawkwatchers spotted 3
Common Ravens, an Eastern Meadowlark, a Cormorant, both Pileated and
Red-headed Woodpeckers flying across the fields, while Hairy and
Red-bellied Woodpeckers were seen in nearby trees.  Also found in the
surrounding treeline and woods were a Winter Wren, 1 Chipping and several
White-throated Sparrows, Ruby- and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Am.
Goldfinches, BC Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatch, and a few Hermit
Thrush.  In addition, we had 2 Warbler species today which were
Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned.



On the insect front, several species of Butterfly were seen today including
several Eastern Commas, Orange and Clouded Sulphurs and a couple of Cabbage
Whites.  Many observers today reported sightings of Meadowhawks
(dragonflies), in the field and along the roadside, plus a couple of
sightings of Common Green Darner.

Predictions:
Friday will see lots of sun once again but with some cloud it seems...BUT
the winds are going to back around to the W and then WSW which will scatter
the birds inland.



Saturday will likely be similar but with stronger SW winds again scattering
the flight inland. Finally, on Sunday the forecast is for strong NW winds
which would make for a better push of the flight down to the hawkwatch
area.
========================================================================
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 (23 Oct 2014) 1864 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 23 Oct 2014 22:10:48 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture            1509          40339          42544
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                   6             83            220
Northern Harrier            18            138            366
Sharp-shinned Hawk         158           2680           7214
Cooper's Hawk               12            105            256
Northern Goshawk             2              4              4
Red-shouldered Hawk         41            164            203
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          36335
Red-tailed Hawk             93            693            948
Rough-legged Hawk            2              3              3
Golden Eagle                 2              4              9
American Kestrel             2            304           1010
Merlin                       1             15             62
Peregrine Falcon             0             24             42
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             19
Unknown Buteo               15             86            113
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              4              5
Unknown Raptor               3             18             41
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                    1864          44717          89449
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:45:00 
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Bob Pettit, Jim McCoy, Kory Renaud, Larry Ludwicki

Visitors:
12 visitors, both from local towns as well as Michigan. Thanks to all of
the visitors and observers up on the tower today for helping spot those
"Sneaky Sharpies", "Blue-sky Buteos", and "Really-far-off Raptors"!


Weather:
It was a beautiful, calm day on the tower. There was little to no cloud
cover and winds that started from the N eventually swivelled to the W and
SSW by the end of the day.

Raptor Observations:
The morning started off really well but with the wind switch and the lack
of clouds, birds started flying exceptionally high (out of the range of
vision) and also to the north of us. We ended up with 12 species and 1509
Turkey Vultures. 2 Golden Eagles and 2 light-morph Rough-legged Hawks
really rounded out the day well. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-winged Blackbirds and American Crows made up most of the passerine
numbers flying today. It was nice to see both Red-breasted and
White-breasted Nuthatches in a tree close to the tower. Ducks were also on
the move today with 70 Scaups, among others, arriving in the marsh. See
today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20318468

Predictions:
Winds up to 15km/h from the SW and W with partial cloud cover. Some of the
birds may be pushed past us to the north side of the marsh.
========================================================================
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: High Park Hawkwatch Thurs.Oct.23, 2014
From: Tim McCarthy <timmccarthy_5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:16:32 -0400
from Tim Mccarthy via Ontbirds:
 
One of the Cardinal Rules (sorry) of Birding says that you can't have 2 really 
good days in a row. I'll buy that one, but how about 1 really good followed by 
1 pretty good? 

That's what we had today:
 
Turkey Vulture   107
Bald Eagle                1
N. Harrier                 1
Sharpshin               30
Coopers                     1
Red Shoulder          18
Red Tail                  165
Am Kestrel                 3
Peregrine                    2
Unid. Buteo                3
Unid.  Eagle                2
Total                        331
First thing this morning Joe and I got spooked when we both heard a Broadwing 
call. You know - that high pitched Chee-err? A minute later a wiseguy Bluejay 
showed up and said "Tickle! Tickle!" You know they've been up to mischief if 
they say that. 

Around 3:30 a fellow named Patrick Stepien- Scanlon claims to have seen a Black 
Vulture go over Queen and Roncesvalles behind a bunch of Turkey Vultures. Bob 
Yukich vouches for this man and that's good enough for me. Could this have been 
one of our "Unidentified Eagles"? That's about as close to putting one of these 
things on my list as I've ever been. 

Thanks to all who came to the Hill today, particularly the Fields and the 
Elliots. 

Tomorrow the weather's supposed to be good again. Three in a row. Shall we bust 
a birding rule together and have another really good one? 

The Grenadier Restaurant parking lot is now newly paved. The silence is golden. 
The lines aren't painted. You'll have to park by the hockey rink again. 

 
Happy Hawking,
 
Tim
 		 	   		  
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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (23 Oct 2014) 4178 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 23 Oct 2014 17:10:44 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            3414          59849          63065
Osprey                       0             11             55
Bald Eagle                   1             47            212
Northern Harrier             2             70            275
Sharp-shinned Hawk         171           1259           4077
Cooper's Hawk               29            151            350
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk        129            238            239
Broad-winged Hawk            0            169         184858
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk            415           1185           1479
Rough-legged Hawk            3              4              4
Golden Eagle                 4              6              6
American Kestrel             3             92            550
Merlin                       1             11             42
Peregrine Falcon             0             27             46
Unknown Accipiter            1              9             23
Unknown Buteo                3              9             17
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             11             28

Total:                    4178          63149         255333
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:45:00 
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Frank Kitakis, John Elliott,
                  Patrick Mulawa, Raburn Howland

Visitors:
6


Weather:
The sky was as clear as could be at the start. In the afternoon, a
smattering of cirrus sprouted up, adding a dollop of white to offset some
of the blue. Temperatures rose as the day wore on, reaching up into the 50s
by the late afternoon. The wind was light and out of the west to start the
day, shifting to the southeast later.

Raptor Observations:
Another great flight! Not as many vultures as yesterday but more than
enough Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned hawks made up
for it. During a two hour stretch midday, a consistent stream of vultures,
Redtails and Redshoulders passed overhead low and close, delighting the
observers below. Great looks at several Golden Eagles (4) and Rough-legged
Hawks (3) added to the day's overall quality as well. But when the wind
shifted to the southeast in the early afternoon, our flight mostly shut
down. After that, remaining migrants were spotted moving well to the north
of us.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Crow (2000+), Blue Jay (250+), Red-winged Blackbird (400+),
American Robin (14), Eastern Bluebird (4), Pine Siskin (60+), House Finch
(1), Darl-eyed Junco (7), Bonaparte's Gull (6), Ruddy Duck (1), Sandhill
Crane (2)

Predictions:
Partly cloudy with light and variable 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: Ottawa/Gatineau - October 23, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak <robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:31:45 -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 23, 2014

A TUFTED TITMOUSE has been coming to a property on Gregoire Rd north of 
Marionville occasionally. It was seen on the 21st and 22nd but has not been 
reported since. 


A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER has been seen at a feeder at the back of a house which 
can be seen from the old stone school house SS#1 in Goldridge Park on Goldridge 
Dr near Kanata Ave in Kanata. It was seen on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd. 


Scoters, Horned and Red-necked Grebe, Red-throated Loons and Brant are late and 
have been moving through our area in very small numbers. On the 22nd a flock of 
at least 1500 adult BLACK SCOTERS were found with SURF (3) and WHITE-WINGED (3) 
SCOTERS on the Ottawa River east of the Shirleys Bay boat launch. On the 23rd 
from the Shirleys Bay causeway LONG-TAILED DUCK (1), BLACK (2) and WHITE-WINGED 
(1) SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER (1), BUFFLEHEAD (8), COMMON GOLDENEYE (27), 
LESSER SCAUP (100) and three River Otters were observed. At the boat launch 
there was a winter plumage Dunlin along the shoreline. 


A female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER has been seen along the Stoney Swamp Jack Pine 
Trail near the feeder or south of the boardwalk south of the P12 parking area 
on Moodie Dr. since the 16th. EVENING GROSBEAK (3) have also been seen at that 
location and at the Shirleys Bay parking area (2), at a Pakenham feeder (8) and 
at the feeders on the west side of Larose forest at 1917 Indian Creek Road 
since the 19th. 


With the extremely high water levels shorebirds continue to be hard to find. On 
the 17th at the Embrun lagoons there were GREATER YELLOWLEGS (10), WHITE-RUMPED 
SANDPIPER (1), SEMIPALMATED (1) and BLACK-BELLIED (2) PLOVER. There were 
YELLOWLEGS, WHITE-RUMPED (1) and PECTORAL (3) SANDPIPER and SANDERLING (1 juv.) 
at the Almonte lagoon on the 19th. 


Small numbers of SNOW BUNTING have been reported at a number of locations.

A very late GREAT EGRET was seen on the 19th at Shirleys Bay. The only later 
record I know of was on October 26th, 2010 at the Moodie Dr quarry pond. 


ORANGE-CROWNED and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER continue to move through our area with 
very small numbers of NASHVILLE, NORTHERN PARULA, and PALM WARBLERS. Also 
BLUE-HEADED VIREO, many RUBY and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, PINE SISKIN and FOX 
SPARROWS. 


Interesting reports were: GREEN HERON, GOLDEN EAGLE, BRANT (flocks of 100 and 
14), RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, LAPLAND LONGSPUR (3), tens of thousands of SNOW GEESE 
east of Casselman on the 21st, SANDHILL CRANE (36) from Smith Rd, TURKEY 
VULTURES (6) over Cote Vertu, RED-EYED VIREO at 2 locations, VESPER SPARROW at 
Green's Creek, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (1) and STILT SANDPIPER (1) at the Masson 
lagoon on the 18th and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON on the 19th. 


Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations.
Good birding. 		 	   		  
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Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending October 23, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:19:55 -0400
Between the end of last week and the middle of this week there has been 
a noticeable change in the composition of the bird life at Presqu'ile 
Provincial Park, though the overall numbers of birds have not diminished.

On Sunday, the first two TRUMPETER SWANS of the season were off the camp 
office viewing platform.  They have not been seen since but are quite 
likely still somewhere in Presqu'ile Bay.  A count of 30 GADWALLS on 
October 21 was the highest in some time.  SURF and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS 
are being seen regularly.  Two GREAT EGRETS were present on October 18, 
a rather late date.  A BALD EAGLE flew near the lighthouse on October 20 
but the hawk migration on the previous day was exceptional for 
Presqu'ile and included 85 TURKEY VULTURES and two RED-SHOULDERED 
HAWKS.  Since a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was just outside the Park this 
morning, there may be others appearing soon.  PEREGRINE FALCONS were 
seen on three of the past six days, including two that were doing aerial 
manouevers together. Only a handful of shorebirds can still be found 
(not one was reported today), but a few days ago there were several 
interesting sightings: an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER on October 21; a 
HUDSONIAN GODWIT on October 18; an unconfirmed report of a RED KNOT on 
October 17; A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a WILSON'S SNIPE on October 19. 
This afternoon an adult LITTLE GULL was with hundreds of BONAPARTE'S 
GULLS feeding with an equal number of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS near the 
lighthouse.

A BARRED OWL was flushed in Newcastle Woods.  RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS 
are likely in the Park all year, but the one near the lighthouse this 
week was the first in that area for several months. Four COMMON RAVENS 
were seen on one day.  Twelve HORNED LARKS in the Owen Point/Gull Island 
area were not as surprising as the one in the middle of Bayshore Road.  
There were EASTERN BLUEBIRDS on two different days.  One of Presqu'ile's 
three records of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, a bird that stayed for several 
days, was in the last week of October thirteen years ago.  AMERICAN 
PIPITS and LAPLAND LONGSPURS have been on Gull Island.  In the unwelcome 
news department, the first two SNOW BUNTINGS appeared on Tuesday, and 
eight were at Owen Point today.  Among warblers, the following were seen 
in the past week: ORANGE-CROWNED (twice), NASHVILLE, COMMON 
YELLOWTHROAT, PALM, YELLOW-RUMPED, BLACK-THROATED GREEN.  An EASTERN 
TOWHEE was seen on October 18.  The first AMERICAN TREE SPARROW of the 
fall was on Gull Island on October 19.  FIELD and FOX SPARROWS were also 
of interest.  PURPLE FINCHES and PINE SISKINS have been abundant at 
feeders on Bayshore Road.

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. 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: Black Vulture, Evening Grosbeak and Oregon Junco at Cranberry Marsh, 23-Oct-2014
From: "Geoff Carpentier" <geoff.carpentier AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:13:13 -0400
Today was excellent at the hawk - 63 species including a low flying Black 
Vulture which was photographed at about 2 p.m.

Other hawks included:

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  372
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  46
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  15
Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1     1st fall
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  5
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  90
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  2
Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)  2  light morph

18 spp of waterfowl including:

Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)  8
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  5

Other stuff:

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)  4
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  2 - no wing tags
Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  275     migrating
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) (Junco hyemalis [oreganus])  1     adult - 
photographed
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  26     seen in two flocks

Monarchs - 4 and Red Admiral - 1

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

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20316407

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 


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Subject: Cranberry - Evening Grosbeak
From: "Geoff Carpentier" <geoff.carpentier AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:09:53 -0400
forgot to add that 4 Evening Grosbeaks were seen by some today at the Cranberry 
hawk watch 



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Subject: OFO Young Birders Trip - Saw-whet owl banding is full
From: "Lynne AT Gmail" <lynnef.to@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:53:50 -0400
Hi everyone,

The trip is now full. The Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station is at full 
capacity. 


Thanks,

Lynne

Lynne Freeman
lynnef.to AT gmail.com

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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (22 Oct 2014) 4099 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 22 Oct 2014 23:10:22 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            2914          23263          23383
Osprey                       0             35            118
Bald Eagle                   9             27             85
Northern Harrier            25            222            615
Sharp-shinned Hawk         583           3830           8406
Cooper's Hawk               44            166            236
Northern Goshawk             2              6              7
Red-shouldered Hawk         85            155            155
Broad-winged Hawk           13            155          70719
Red-tailed Hawk            398           1132           1158
Rough-legged Hawk            1              2              2
Golden Eagle                 7             13             13
American Kestrel            15            690           2435
Merlin                       2             32             74
Peregrine Falcon             1            117            162
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:                    4099          29845         107569
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Dave Brown

Observers:        Cary Graham, Don Taylor, Eric Jeffery, Jim Dunn,
                  Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan, Paul Brown, Phil Waggett,
                  Ronnie Goodhand, Tom Thomas

Visitors:
Lots of visitors today...got a few names including Michael & Frankie (TO),
Jim & Anne (St. George) and Anita and Hans (London)...and an entire bus
load of school kids from London who got to enjoy some great views of
kettles of birds! A big thanks to Al Hurst for giving a presentation for
the school group and to all those who helped with spotting the birds and
the many volunteer observers today, Judy, Eric J., Paul B., Tom T., Phil
W., Jim, Keith, Mary, Ronnie, Don T., Cary G., Robin B.,  


Weather:
An absolutely perfect day for hawk watching...bright blue skies without a
cloud for the first 3 hours...then eventually cloud built in and the sky
was great for the rest of the day. The temp was warmer to a high of 13C. 
The humidity started lower this morning in the 70s which helped get the
flight going early.

Raptor Observations:
An awesome flight today! A total of 4,099 birds with every species tallied
except Osprey. If you take out the TVs (2,914) there were still nearly
1,200 other raptors counted today including a large Sharpie movement (583)
and a decent Cooper's Hawk count (44) and even a couple of Northern
Goshawks, lots of Redtails (398) and Red-shoulders (85) along with several
Broadwings (13). We also had an early Roughleg (light morph) that was
spotted very high and cruising westward.



There were falcons also seen today though in smaller numbers...Kestrels
(15), Merlin (2) and a single Peregrine first thing in the morning along
the cliff.



Finally, the "big" highlights today were the eagles. There were several
Bald Eagles (9) of various ages and at one point 2 immatures were spotted
interacting with each other and spinning around in the sky putting on a
good show for everyone.  We were all hoping for Golden Eagles today and
were rewarded with 9. Most of these birds looked like younger or perhaps
immature / sub-adult birds and one that crossed VERY HIGH may have been an
adult. However, as mentioned in previous posts it is impossible with any
certainty to age these eagles in flight.

Non-raptor Observations:
Some nice non-raptor sightings today as well with multiple flocks of
Sandhill Cranes (15, 20, 30 and a lone pair), a single flock of Tundra
Swans (12) that flew eastward along the cliff, a couple of flocks of
Eastern Bluebirds, a few Pine Siskins and Cedar Waxwings and here and there
some Blue Jays. Large numbers of Am Crows were also noted today. A lone
Pileated Woodpecker was spotted flying westward right along the cliff while
a Downy and Red-bellied were being noisy behind us. Other species included
WB Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, 3 Tree Swallows and a Brown Thrasher. 



Also had a single Monarch today and Cabbage White....along with a
Meadowhawk sp. and Common Green Darner.

Predictions:
After seeing how good today's flight was and that tomorrow's winds are even
more favourable...moderate from the NW...I'd be down at the hawkwatch first
thing in the morning to catch what should be an excellent flight.  I'm
pretty sure there'll be several more Golden Eagles on the move tomorrow.


========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
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http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm



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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (22 Oct 2014) 8683 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 22 Oct 2014 22:10:30 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture            7976          38830          41035
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                  10             77            214
Northern Harrier             8            120            348
Sharp-shinned Hawk         354           2522           7056
Cooper's Hawk               10             93            244
Northern Goshawk             2              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk         77            123            162
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          36335
Red-tailed Hawk            190            600            855
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 1              2              7
American Kestrel            10            302           1008
Merlin                       0             14             61
Peregrine Falcon             0             24             42
Unknown Accipiter            1              4             19
Unknown Buteo               44             71             98
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              4              5
Unknown Raptor               0             15             38
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                    8683          42853          87585
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:15:00 
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Jim McCoy

Visitors:
We had 9 visitors again today, some of them frequent visitors, a few from
Michigan that have come since the count began, and a few newcomers. Thanks
to everyone for the extra eyes on the sky and a special thanks to Jim McCoy
for very generously counting crows all day long.


Weather:
A cool morning with full cloud and winds up to 19km/h. As the day sped by,
the cloud cover broke up, temperatures rose to 13C and the wind calmed down
a bit (9km/h), making it very pleasant. Winds came from the N and NNE all
day.

Raptor Observations:
What a grand day! We had a lot of excitement on the tower with Turkey
Vultures streaming overhead from 7am until 5pm (bird time), sometimes so
high that the buteos mixed in were mere specks in the sky. Mixed among the
vultures were almost 200 Red-tailed Hawks, over 350 Sharp-shinned Hawks and
77 Red-shouldered Hawks, some giving great views with the sunlight peeking
through the wings. Four adult Bald Eagles migrating together and playing
around a little bit on the way were a wonderful break from the sometimes
monotonous Turkey Vultures. We had two close looks at a juvenile Northern
Goshawk, one flying quickly towards the plastic owl on the tower and the
next being brought to the tower after banding for release! The icing on the
cake was a Golden Eagle (imm.) at 3:50 (bird time) that popped up right in
the middle of a stream of vultures off the lake. Surprise!

Non-raptor Observations:
There was a huge movement of American Crows today with 25360! Coming along
all in the same stream at times were Blue Jays, European Starlings and over
3000 Red-winged Blackbirds. Late in the afternoon we heard the soothing
call of a Common Loon from the lake and just about closing time, a large
flock of 67 American Robins flew overhead, bringing their total today up to
90. See today's eBird list, only one corner of the marsh was scanned for
waterfowl, but they were present in much the usual amount
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20310594

Predictions:
Winds from the NW all day tomorrow and blue skies, so come early to see the
raptors before they get too high! There should be a nice mix again like
today.
========================================================================
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: High Park Hawk Watch Wed. Oct.22
From: Tim McCarthy <timmccarthy_5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:47:28 -0400
From Tim Mccarthy via Ontbirds
 
Today was yet another example of the North wind bringing lots of migrants. 
While the paving machinery groaned and clanked along beside us and the gorgeous 
fall leaves danced around us we had a super day. Nobody could sit down for long 
except me 'cause I can't write fast standing up. 

 
Turkey Vultures  597
Bald Eagle                7
N.Harrier                  3
Sharpshin               16
Coopers                    2
N. Goshawk             2
Red Shoulder         30
Red Tail                 198
Roughleg                   1       first of many we hope
Golden Eagle 2 should be called "Ooooooh. Aaaaah" instead of Golden Eagle 

Am Kestrel                 3
Merlin                         2
Un. Accip                    1      nobody's perfect
Un. Buteo                   1      at least we're honest
Un. Raptor                  1      and we hardly ever fight.
Grand Total            876
 
You didn't miss it all, tomorrow we will have pretty much the same weather. Now 
doesn't your throat feel a little raspy? 

Whether walking or driving come in the Bloor St. entrance and go South to the 
fenced- in Grenadier Restaurant (still open, though its a pain to go around and 
in. Bring a thermos of something). 

There should be parking along Colbourne Drive just East of the Hill.
 Dress warmly and we'll see you there.
Tim
 		 	   		  
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Subject: 3 Pacific Loons in Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie
From: Andrew Keaveney <uofgtwitcher AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:01:47 -0400
2 Adults molting out of Alternate plumage (lacking the black throat on the bird 
that David Pryor photographed yesterday) and 1 juvenile (possible without a 
dark chin strap) were observed this evening between 4:30-6:30 pm. Observations 
took place from the south shore at both Minet's Point Park and Tyndale Park. 
All three birds were best (only?) viewed by a scope and just on the verge of 
digiscoping distance. OBRC reports will be submitted. 

 
Good luck!
 
Directions: These two parks are reached via Lakeshore Dr. in Barrie. Take Essa 
Rd. exit off of Hwy. 400 and head east to Kempenfelt Bay. 


Andrew Keaveney
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Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - east of Sault Ste Marie
From: "Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" <ontbirds_coord AT rogers.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:52:01 -0400
Posting for Mark Olivier - questions to him at 


Good Evening

This afternoon at approximately 3:40pm we observed a Scissor-tailed 
Flycatcher in Johnson Township (just a little northeast of the Hamlet of 
Desbarats along Hwy 17 east of Sault Ste. Marie)
The bird was flycatching in two farm yards at the intersection of Old 
Soo Road and Gordon Lake Road.  I have uploaded photos to my flickr 
account at https://www.flickr.com/photos/13769956 AT N04/

Happy birding
Mark Olivier

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Subject: Black-legged Kittiwake in Barrie
From: DB <burtonian AT teksavvy.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:50:35 -0500
The Black-legged Kittiwake is still present in Barrie. At 5:30 the bird 
was very close to shore near the Thunderbird metal sculpture on the 
waterfront. At least 2 Little Gulls were also present.

Dan Burton,
Gravenhurst

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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (22 Oct 2014) 14212 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 22 Oct 2014 19:10:45 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture           13622          56435          59651
Osprey                       0             11             55
Bald Eagle                   4             46            211
Northern Harrier             4             68            273
Sharp-shinned Hawk          75           1088           3906
Cooper's Hawk               13            122            321
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         71            109            110
Broad-winged Hawk            4            169         184858
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk            411            770           1064
Rough-legged Hawk            1              1              1
Golden Eagle                 1              2              2
American Kestrel             1             89            547
Merlin                       0             10             41
Peregrine Falcon             1             27             46
Unknown Accipiter            2              8             22
Unknown Buteo                0              6             14
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              9             26

Total:                   14212          58971         251155
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Jim Lynch, Joan Tisdale,
                  Patrick Mulawa

Visitors:
1


Weather:
An overcast morning gave way to mostly clear skies in the afternoon. Puffy
white clouds lingered late into the day, providing us with an optimal
spotting background. Despite the moderate northeast wind, clearer skies and
a warming sun left us less chilled than recent outings.

Raptor Observations:
Just one of those spectacular late October days by the lake! There were
birds everywhere. Plenty of variety and more than enough volume to keep us
busy from start to finish. Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk and Turkey
Vulture had their best showing of the fall. And we added our first
Rough-legged Hawk of the season in addition to our second Golden Eagle. But
Red-tailed Hawks made the biggest impression, pushing past by the dozen in
the late afternoon and early evening. Red-shouldered Hawks were no
slouches, either,  heartily joining in the festivities. And not to be
outshone, Turkey Vultures required near-constant vigilance, forming into no
less than three gargantuan, awe-inspiring streams during the late
afternoon.   

Non-raptor Observations:
American Crow (80000+), Red-winged Blackbird (600+), Rusty Blackbird (75+),
Blue Jay (400+), Tree Swallow (120+), Pine Siskin (40+), Dark-eyed Junco
(15), White-crowned Sparrow (1), White-throated Sparrow (3), American Tree
Sparrow (2), Yellow-rumped Warbler (1), Forster's Tern (25+), Caspian Tern
(2), Bonaparte's Gull (6), Northern Pintail (1)

Predictions:
Sunny with moderate 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: Pacific Loons in Barrie NOW
From: Andrew Keaveney <uofgtwitcher AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:46:24 -0400
Hi. I'm currently watching 1 adult alternate Pacific Loon in Barrie's 
Kempenfelt Bay. The bird is about halfway across the bay and I'm viewing from 
south shore at the Barrie Tourism building. Parking is available here. 


Directions: this is along Lakeshore Dr. just east of Essa Rd. which is one of 
interchanges into downtown Barrie from the 400. 


Viewing from Minets Point Park would work as well and bird might be just to 
west or north of the beach there. 


Cheers,

Andrew Keaveney
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Subject: Purple Finch, Merlin, ++ (Bird walk at The Riverwood Conservancy)
From: Luc Fazio <llukefazio AT netscape.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:20:41 -0400
While leading a Bird Hike at The Riverwood Conservancy, plus surrounding area ( 
Dan Salisbury and I, Luc Fazio) tallied some 

40 species of birds  the Hilites:...
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  10
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1 ( heard)
Merlin (Falco columbarius)  1     South of Burnhamthorpe & CreditView
Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  4
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  2 ( they are back for the winter! )
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  8
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  2

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20306221 


Enjoy birds and leaves colour changes......... Luc

Viva Canada!!

map of Riverwood location is 
https://www.google.com/maps/place/43%C2%B033'53.4%22N+79%C2%B040'30.3%22W/ AT 43.5591846,-79.6777444,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0 


The Riverwood Conservancy will have more Wednesday bird walks on November 5, 
12, & 19 


Located On Burnhamthorpe Rd ( North and East of the Credit River)



4300 Riverwood Park Ln; Mississauga, open 7:00 am – 11:00 pm; telephone +1 
905-279-5878; www.theriverwoodconservancy.org/ 






























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Subject: Tufted Titmouse at 4257 Gregoire Rd Ottawa area
From: Michael Tate <michaeltate AT rogers.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:06:34 -0400
Seen this morning at 9.40 am. Gregoire Rd is a continuation of Boundary Rd 15 
minutes south of the highway 417 


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

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Subject: Re: Sandhill Cranes over Belleville
From: Wallace Rendell <WRendell AT Loyalistc.on.ca>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:18:44 +0000
A flock of twenty Sandhill Cranes flew low over East Hill, Belleville, on the 
Bay of Quinte, in V-formation, this morning at 745, heading NW. They were 
calling throughout the time my family and I watched them. 


Wallace Rendell
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (21 Oct 2014) 1565 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Oct 2014 21:10:36 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture            1334          30854          33059
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                   0             67            204
Northern Harrier            13            112            340
Sharp-shinned Hawk         161           2168           6702
Cooper's Hawk               10             83            234
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          5             46             85
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          36335
Red-tailed Hawk             14            410            665
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              1              6
American Kestrel            23            292            998
Merlin                       2             14             61
Peregrine Falcon             0             24             42
Unknown Accipiter            0              3             18
Unknown Buteo                1             27             54
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              4              5
Unknown Raptor               2             15             38
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                    1565          34170          78902
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Jim McCoy

Visitors:
A couple from Owen Sound who visit every October spent a few hours on the
tower until the wind got to be a little much; it was nice to have some
extra eyes during a busy Turkey Vulture time!


Weather:
A brisk and cloudy day with wind speeds averaging around 19km/h coming from
the N and NNW. There was 100% cloud all day and some light drizzle every
now and again.

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures had the largest numbers again today with 1334. Many kettles
drifted, seemingly aimlessly, for upwards of an hour before finally making
the trip west. Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks also seemed hesitant to
migrate, but Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks as well as American Kestrels
were zooming by the tower at great speeds. 5 male Northern Harriers that
came relatively close to the tower were a definite highlight for the day,
the black wingtips standing out wonderfully against the cloudy sky.

Non-raptor Observations:
Passerines weren't as evident today, with not as many flocks flying
overhead or over the marsh. 923 American Crows were counted and the usual
crew of kinglets and sparrows were around the tower, though in smaller
numbers. See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20300807

Predictions:
A cool morning, warming up to 12C with winds at 25km/h from the north.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT mail.uoguelph.ca)
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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (21 Oct 2014) 1130 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Oct 2014 21:10:28 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             734          19749          19869
Osprey                       0             35            118
Bald Eagle                   0             18             76
Northern Harrier            11            197            590
Sharp-shinned Hawk         332           3235           7811
Cooper's Hawk                8            119            189
Northern Goshawk             0              4              5
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             70             70
Broad-winged Hawk            0            142          70706
Red-tailed Hawk             15            704            730
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 1              6              6
American Kestrel            24            675           2420
Merlin                       1             30             72
Peregrine Falcon             1            116            161
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:                    1130          25101         102825
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Jim Dunn

Observers:        Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan

Visitors:
No visitors today. Thanks to Jim, Mary and Keith for hanging in today to
get a count done.


Weather:
Winds were moderate from the N, NW and NNW and a temp that was fairly
consistent from 7C to 8C. The rain never developed in the Hawk Cliff area
though the cloud deck was solid for the day. The humidity did remain high
for the entire count period.

Raptor Observations:
With the lack of precipitation many birds obviously decided to head
westward along the lake and observers tallied a total of 1130 for the day.
The bulk of today's flight was TVs (734) along with N. Harriers (11),
Sharpies (332), Cooper's Hawk (8), only a few buteos today which was no
surprise with the heavy overcast and high humidity...with Red-shoulders (3)
and Redtails (15), some falcons with Kestrels (24) and singles of Merlin
and Peregrine. And a single Golden Eagle.

Non-raptor Observations:
Early this morning, songbirds were busy foraging for bugs in the bushes
around the knoll, including 2 Downy and 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, a few
Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, DE Juncos, White-throated
and Song Sparrows and a Phoebe.  Observers soon moved north to Sharpie
Alley where we also found a few birds in the surrounding area, notably a
small flock of Hermit Thrush in the dogwoods right behind us, Chickdaees,
Blue Jays screaming from the woods across the road and a Northern Flicker
that flew east across the field, perched and called for several minutes. 
Flocks of Blue Jays were also seen flying west along the ravine along with
mixed Blackbirds, Am. Crows, Eastern Bluebirds, Am. Goldfinches, Pine
Siskins, and may Am. Robins.  Several flocks of waterfowl were also seen
from our position at the Alley including 7 Tundra Swans, a large flock of
Mallards (60) Canada Geese and a small flock of Red-breasted Mergansers. 

Predictions:
Well, tomorrow looks promising with predicted moderate NE winds and lots of
sunshine. The only drawback will be picking up the birds in the bright blue
sky so we'll have to hope for some cloud to build up atop thermals.



Looking ahead, the next 3 or 4 days could prove to be interesting with
continued sunshine and generally northerly winds.
========================================================================
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: Golden Eagle, Snow Goose, but no Cackling geese at Clairville Reservoir & Woodbine Racetrack
From: Luc Fazio <llukefazio AT netscape.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:08:41 -0400
Hello there:
 After the rains stopped and with very dark, low, looming clouds there was 
still some Raptors movements at the Clairville reservoir: 


One juvenile Golden Eagle mingled with about 70 Turkey Vulture flying in south 
west direction. 

one Snow Goose was in the north part of reservoir 

Direction Steeles Ave, South on Finch, west on Kenview Bld to Reservoir north 
of Wild Water Kingdom.( see map below) 



https://www.google.com/maps/place/43%C2%B044'39.8%22N+79%C2%B038'20.9%22W/ AT 43.739166,-79.6477358,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0 


I have been checking the Woodbine Racetrack west area for Cackling Geese, but 
have not seen any since last Wednesday{ see map } 

Many Canada Geese(85) and Mallards(50) and another Snow Goose ( white morph) 
flying over 


https://www.google.com/maps/place/43%C2%B044'39.8%22N+79%C2%B038'20.9%22W/ AT 43.7123084,-79.6158347,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0 


Total lists will be submitted to ebird

Cheers .....Luc Fazio
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Subject: Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Van Wagner's Beach, Hamilton, Oct. 21
From: Leonard Manning <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:46:25 -0400
Birders,

After a very similar showing this morning, a group of 5 birders(including
Rich "Hup Hup" Poort),had both Pomarine Jaeger and Parasitic Jaeger at the
Lakeland centre at Van Wagners on the Beach this evening. Winds were strong
from the N, turning slightly NE.

The winds are forecast to be similar all night and for tomorrow so I would
expect that similar birds will be seen tomorrow for our faithful lake
watchers. The conditions and timing are ideal for Brant and Pomarine
Jaegers, and can you say maybe a Northern Gannet? I can say it, sure, but
I'd rather just see one.

Directions to Van Wagners Beach which I stole from a very old post.
Take the Centennial Parkway (Hwy.20) exit
from the QEW in east Hamilton and proceed north to the North Service Rd.,
turn left and continue west as it turns into Van Wagners Beach Road.
Continue to the parking lots at either Hutch's Restaurant or the Lakeland
Centre viewing tower and view the lake anywhere near here.


Len Manning

289-456-6502
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Subject: Tufted Titmouse - north of Marionville - Ottawa District
From: Nina Stavlund <festblues AT ymail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:17:06 -0700
A Tufted Titmouse is coming to a property north of Marionville.
It is frequenting various feeders, mainly in the back yard.
But, its activity is intermittent. 

From Ottawa, take Hwy 417 east.
Go south on Boundary Road (Hwy 41) and continue straight south.
Boundary Road becomes Gregoire Road.


The address is 4257 Gregoire Road.
It is right after the Meadow Greens Tree Nursery.

Owners of the house ask that you park safely on curb of road in front of the 
house. 

You can walk on the property, however, beware of dogs (they should be indoors). 

We know it goes without saying. But, we'll say it anyway... Please respect 
property. 


Good birding!


Tony Beck & Nina Stavlund
Always An Adventure Inc.
alwaysanadventure.ca
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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (21 Oct 2014) 2398 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Oct 2014 18:10:25 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            2261          42813          46029
Osprey                       0             11             55
Bald Eagle                   3             42            207
Northern Harrier             8             64            269
Sharp-shinned Hawk          92           1013           3831
Cooper's Hawk                2            109            308
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          5             38             39
Broad-winged Hawk            5            165         184854
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk             14            359            653
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             4             88            546
Merlin                       0             10             41
Peregrine Falcon             1             26             45
Unknown Accipiter            1              6             20
Unknown Buteo                1              6             14
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              7             24

Total:                    2398          44759         236943
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Fred Kirn

Visitors:
1


Weather:
Light rain led to a late start and an early finish. Misty drizzle
accompanied us at several other points. The skies remained overcast
throughout. As for the wind: it was strong and out of the north and
northwest.

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures were up earlier than usual, hurrying past without delay for
much of the day. All three buteo species joined them in better numbers than
yesterday, with a handful of lingering Broad-winged Hawks again wandering
through the viewing area. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-winged Blackbird (800+), American Crow (500+), Tree Swallow (300+),
Pine Siskin (15+), Dark-eyed Junco (3), Northern Pintail (3), Forster's
Tern (45+)

Predictions:
Partly cloudy with moderate north 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: Ducks on Lake Scugog
From: "Bruce F. Aikins" <bfa001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:25:36 -0400
Today was a very "Ducky" day on the south-east side of the lake off Scugog
Point.  Certainly the highest count so far this year... probably over
2000.  There was also a high species count with 10 species easily
identified.  The vast majority were Lesser Scaup followed by Redheads then
Golden-eyes.  Mallards and Blacks, along with American Wigeon and a single
female Wood Duck were active swimming among the surfaced Divers, dashing
back and forth picking up remains of Zebra Mussels attached to weed stocks
brought up by the Divers.  Rounding out the species count were singles of
Canvasback, White-winged Scoter, and Ring-necked.

Surprisingly, no Merganser species were seen.... they have been here and
will be again.... but not today.

Good Birding !     Bruce

-- 
B.F. Aikins
118 Morris Lane
Scugog Point
Nestleton Stn. ON
L0B 1L0
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Subject: Clarification:OFO and TRCA Young Birders Saw-whet Owl Banding, Oct. 25th
From: Lynne Freeman <lynnef.to AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:49:41 -0400
Hello,

Just need to clarify a couple of things about the event.

The event runs between 7:30 PM and 10:30 PM (not 12:00 midnight). Please
meet at the entrance to the park at the gate before 7:30 PM. The van will
leave at 7:30.

The event will be held at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station -
there will not be any additional nighttime birding.

And please check out the fabulous work of the TTP Bird Research
Station at *www.ttpbrs.ca
.*


Thanks,

Lynne
lynnef.to AT gmail.com
OFO Young Birders
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Subject: OFO & TRCA Event: Saw-whet Owl Banding, October 25th, Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto
From: Lynne Freeman <lynnef.to AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:29:59 -0400
I am very happy to announce an opportunity for OFO Young Birders to visit
the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Centre this Saturday, October 25th
from 7:30 to 12:00 PM to view Sawwhet Owl banding.

This is a special opportunity which the TRCA and the Bird Research Centre
have arranged for us.

Please RSVP to me by the end of day Friday.

The TRCA has arranged for a van and driver to provide transportation from
the entrance to the Bird Research Centre. Space in the van is limited so we
may need to limit numbers.

This is a little bit of short notice but we wanted to wait for the owl
migration to begin -- and like all birding events we cannot guarantee owls!

The event is free of charge although donations will be gratefully accepted
to help defray the cost of the van.

Thanks,

Lynne
lynnef.to AT gmail.com
OFO Young Birders
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Subject: Re: American Pipet in Algonquin Prov Park
From: "Dr. Wanda Smith" <smithwa AT mcmaster.ca>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:23:27 -0400
We were recently hiking in Algonquin Provincial Park, early afternoon on
October 16 we saw an American Pipit at Canisby Lake Picnic beach area, just
one, bobbing and feeding along the shoreline.  Not sure if this is a rare
sighting or uncommon sighting for the area? 
 
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Today's Topics:

   1.  4 Pacific Loons, Black-legged Kittiwake,	etc. Kempenfelt
      Bay, Barrie (Brett Fried)
   2.  Townsend's Solitaire (Dave Martin)
   3.  HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2014) 2417 Raptors
      (reports AT hawkcount.org)
   4.  HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (20 Oct 2014) 2162
      Raptors (reports AT hawkcount.org)
   5.  HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (20 Oct 2014) 43 Raptors
      (reports AT hawkcount.org)
   6. Pacific Loon, Barrie Today (rileygv AT yahoo.com)


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Message: 1
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:06:47 -0400
From: Brett Fried 
To: "birdalert AT ontbirds.ca" 
Subject: [Ontbirds] 4 Pacific Loons, Black-legged Kittiwake,	etc.
	Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie
Message-ID: 
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"

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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Message: 2
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:50:54 -0400
From: Dave Martin 
To: Ontbirds , 	MIDD_ELGIN Birds
	
Subject: [Ontbirds] Townsend's Solitaire
Message-ID: <5445679E.50607 AT xplornet.com>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed

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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Message: 3
Date: 20 Oct 2014 17:10:18 -0400
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
To: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
Subject: [Ontbirds] HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2014) 2417
	Raptors
Message-ID: <20141020210218.32410.qmail AT taiga.com>


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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Message: 4
Date: 20 Oct 2014 21:10:22 -0400
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
To: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
Subject: [Ontbirds] HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (20 Oct 2014)
	2162	Raptors
Message-ID: <20141021015022.5012.qmail AT taiga.com>


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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Message: 5
Date: 20 Oct 2014 23:10:54 -0400
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
To: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
Subject: [Ontbirds] HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (20 Oct 2014) 43 Raptors
Message-ID: <20141021030454.20447.qmail AT taiga.com>


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: Pine Siskins and Purple Finch, Ottawa
From: Judy and Peter Hall <halljp AT rogers.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:58:36 -0700
Hi folks:
A flock of about six Pine Siskins showed up this morning at my backyard feeder 
in Old Ottawa South in downtown Ottawa. There was a lone female Purple Finch 
with them and they joined the dozen or so American Goldfinches that are still 
at our feeder. Also have about 10 Dark-eyed Juncos and four White-throated 
sparrows. 


Good birding

Peter Hall

Directions: In downtown Ottawa drive south on Bank Street. After crossing the 
bridge over the Rideau Canal and then Sunnyside Avenue look for Chesley Street 
on the right just before Billings Bridge. Go on Chesley for two blocks then 
turn right on Wendover. The feeder is behind 24 Wendover Avenue. 

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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
aadamonature AT gmail.com

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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

Lynne Freeman
lynnef.to AT gmail.com
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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
boatmannATkentDOTnet
Blog: www.burgbirder.blogspot.ca 


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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

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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