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Corn Crake,©Tony Disley

18 Sep Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending September 18, 2014. [Fred Helleiner ]
18 Sep red necked phalarope bronte bluffs park [Leonard Manning ]
18 Sep Pomarine Jaeger at van wagners [Leonard Manning ]
18 Sep Black Legged Kittiwakes (5) - VanWagners Beach ["Cheryl Edgecombe" ]
17 Sep HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (17 Sep 2014) 10457 Raptors []
17 Sep High Park Hawkwatch Sep.17,2014 [Tim McCarthy ]
18 Sep Brampton: Common Nighthawk []
17 Sep HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (17 Sep 2014) 676 Raptors []
17 Sep HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (17 Sep 2014) 53055 Raptors []
17 Sep Presqu'ile - Hudsonian Godwit Update. ["Bree, David (MNR)" ]
17 Sep Ottawa: Lesser Black-backed Gulls (9) [Jon Ruddy ]
17 Sep Cranberry Marsh Hawk Watch - 16 September 2014 [Jean Iron ]
17 Sep HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (16 Sep 2014) 6208 Raptors []
16 Sep High Park Hawkwatch Sep 16,2014 [Tim McCarthy ]
16 Sep HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (16 Sep 2014) 12111 Raptors []
16 Sep Dennis Duckworth ["Geoff Carpentier" ]
16 Sep HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (16 Sep 2014) 68655 Raptors []
16 Sep Iroquois Shoreline Sept. 16th 2014 [Mike Williamson ]
16 Sep Scugog birds ["Geoff Carpentier" ]
16 Sep Buff-breasted Sandpiper-Port Hope [dave milsom ]
16 Sep Presqu'ile Hudsonian Godwit Update. [Fred Helleiner ]
16 Sep White Ibis Wheatley PP, flew the coop [Leonard Manning ]
16 Sep white ibis at wheatley pp good to go [Leonard Manning ]
16 Sep White Ibis, Wheatley present Sept 16 []
15 Sep A blue wing-tagged Great Egret at Petrolia, Ontario---HELP! ["Weseloh,Chip [Ontario]" ]
15 Sep HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (15 Sep 2014) 202 Raptors []
15 Sep HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (15 Sep 2014) 128 Raptors []
15 Sep HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (15 Sep 2014) 52 Raptors []
15 Sep HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (13 Sep 2014) 404 Raptors []
15 Sep White Ibis at Wheatley Park [Jeremy Bensette ]
15 Sep Iroquois Shoreline Raptor Watch Sept. 14th 2014 [Mike Williamson ]
15 Sep Re: Hudsonian Godwit@Presqu'ile [William Gilmour ]
15 Sep Hudsonian Godwit@Presqu'ile [William Gilmour ]
15 Sep White Ibis still at Wheatley Prov Park [Michael Tate ]
15 Sep White Ibis. Wheatley P. P. [Michael Tate ]
15 Sep White Ibis at Wheatley Provincial Park... [Steve Pike ]
15 Sep Immature White Ibis - Wheatley Provincial Park [Kory Renaud ]
14 Sep HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (14 Sep 2014) 5578 Raptors []
15 Sep Durham Fall Field Day Sundat September 14 [Hugh Currie via ONTBIRDS ]
14 Sep HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (14 Sep 2014) 668 Raptors []
14 Sep HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (14 Sep 2014) 13662 Raptors []
14 Sep Cranberry Marsh Hawk Watch ["Rayfield Pye" ]
14 Sep Iroquois Shoreline Sept. 14th [Mike Williamson ]
14 Sep Great Egret in Erin village, Wellinton County. [paloma plant via ONTBIRDS ]
14 Sep Stuck duck at Cranberry Marsh [PAUL LAM ]
14 Sep Non-sighting Newspaper Article ["Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" ]
13 Sep HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (13 Sep 2014) 684 Raptors []
13 Sep Presqu'ile Pr.Pk.: Hudsonian Godwit, Red Knot and warblers [Bruce Di Labio ]
13 Sep HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (13 Sep 2014) 131 Raptors []
13 Sep OFO trip - Colonel Samuel Smith Park and Western Lake Ontario [Garth Riley via ONTBIRDS ]
13 Sep Least Bittern continues at Colonel Sam [Mark K ]
12 Sep HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (12 Sep 2014) 528 Raptors []
12 Sep Sep 12 totals from Hawk Hill, Toronto [Tim McCarthy ]
12 Sep Kingston Area Birds: 6-12th September 2014 ["Mark D. Read" ]
12 Sep HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (12 Sep 2014) 343 Raptors []
12 Sep Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, September 12th, 2014 ["Cheryl Edgecombe" ]
11 Sep sighting reports for raptors on Hawk Hill, Sept. 11, 2014 [Tim McCarthy ]
11 Sep Albino American Goldfinch - Ajax [Glenda Jones ]
12 Sep HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (12 Sep 2014) 117 Raptors []
12 Sep Iroquois Shoreline Sept. 9 & Sept. 12th [Mike Williamson ]
12 Sep Presqu'ile today [dave milsom ]
12 Sep Cranberry Marsh, 11-Sep-2014 ["Geoff Carpentier" ]
11 Sep HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (11 Sep 2014) 74 Raptors []
11 Sep HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (11 Sep 2014) 137 Raptors []
11 Sep OFO Convention - Details of new Kingston "on the way home" trip [Lynne Freeman ]
11 Sep HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (11 Sep 2014) 411 Raptors []
11 Sep Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending September 11, 2014. [Fred Helleiner ]
11 Sep Reminder: OFO Convention Registration and Changes to Trip Program [Lynne Freeman ]
11 Sep White Ibis left Oshawa Second marsh at 1230 [Tyler Hoar ]
11 Sep Fw: [PassengerPigeon] Passenger Pigeon to be discussed on Ontario radioSaturday morning ["Diane and Kayo Roy" ]
11 Sep "Likely" White Ibis - Oshawa Second Marsh [David Pryor ]
11 Sep Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Poth Road, Haldimand County (near rock point PP), Sept. 11th [Leonard Manning ]
10 Sep HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (10 Sep 2014) 3 Raptors []
10 Sep HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (10 Sep 2014) 10 Raptors []
10 Sep Least Bittern - yes, Col Sam Smith Park, Toronto [Keith ]
10 Sep Snow Geese in Bradford [Peter Wukasch ]

Subject: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending September 18, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:38:44 -0400
Last weekend was an exceptionally good one for migrating birds at 
Presqu'ile Provincial Park.  Well over 100 species have been recorded in 
the past week, with one group recording 78 species on Sunday.  Since 
then, there have also been a number of interesting sightings.

Several birders got a pleasant surprise yesterday when a flock of MUTE 
SWANS in which a SNOW GOOSE was embedded flew past.  A NORTHERN SHOVELER 
was in the marsh on September 16.  A RUDDY DUCK off Gull Island on 
September 12 was unusual.  The first two HORNED GREBES of the season 
were in Popham Bay yesterday.  A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was heard in 
the marsh.  For the second week in a row, the raptors sighted included 
BALD EAGLE (4 today), BROAD-WINGED HAWK (5 today), and PEREGRINE FALCON.

Shorebirds are again attracting birders from far and wide, not only 
because they can easily be seen in fairly good numbers but also because 
at least two rarities were/are among them.  AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were 
seen on three different days.  Up to three WHIMBRELS have been on Gull 
Island, accompanied on one morning by a HUDSONIAN GODWIT.  That rare 
species was discovered last Saturday on the beach before flying off.  
Either that same bird or another was found on Gull Island two days later 
and has been seen regularly by a number of birders at least up till 
yesterday.  Four RED KNOTS were at Owen Point last Friday and from one 
to three have been seen on the beach since then.  An elusive WESTERN 
SANDPIPER has made at least four appearances at Owen Point, most 
recently this morning.  Since it generally travels in a flock of other 
shorebirds, it can easily be overlooked unless seen exceptionally well, 
as in the two photographs that both revealed the subtle points of 
identification.  One or two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, a few BAIRD'S and 
PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and DUNLINS have also been seen on several days this 
week.  Although gull-watching will gradually become more interesting (as 
well as frustrating for some of us) in coming weeks, it is not too early 
to be on the lookout for LITTLE GULLS.  The latest CASPIAN TERN of the 
season was seen on September 14.

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are fast disappearing, but the RED-BELLIED 
WOODPECKERS that have been around all summer are likely to stay 
throughout the year.  A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER on September 15 and a 
GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER seen yesterday were rather late.  Two 
PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were seen on Saturday and singles on several other 
days.  Both TREE and BARN SWALLOWS were seen on Sunday.  A VEERY and a 
SWAINSON'S THRUSH were the only migrant members of that family 
reported.  Over twenty warbler species were at Presqu'ile in the past 
few days.  A male GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER on September 17 was both rare 
and late. CAPE MAY, YELLOW, and PINE WARBLERS were also good finds.  An 
early DARK-EYED JUNCO was found on Monday and a SCARLET TANAGER on two 
different days.  A PURPLE FINCH was seen on Tuesday.
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 knee-deep water (not allowing 
for waves) in which there
is often a swift current and a substrate that is somewhat uneven and
slippery. 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: red necked phalarope bronte bluffs park
From: Leonard Manning <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:12:29 -0400
Posting for Mark Jennings who has discovered a red necked phalarope not far
from shore at Bronte bluffs, swimming towards harbour.

Bronte road to lake from qew. Check the shore along here.
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Subject: Pomarine Jaeger at van wagners
From: Leonard Manning <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:58:46 -0400
Further to Cheryl's post, Bill Smith has texted me to advise of a very
close pomatine jarger at lakeland centre. Great bird for mid Sept.

Len "chicken n rice" Manning

289-456-6502
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Subject: Black Legged Kittiwakes (5) - VanWagners Beach
From: "Cheryl Edgecombe" <cheryle29 AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:48:27 -0400
Conditions are good down at the beach with north winds changing to northeast
this afternoon.  Bill Smith phoned to advise that they had 6 Black-legged
Kittiwakes down there a short time ago.

Directions to Van Wagners Beach: 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.

Cheers,
Cheryl



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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (17 Sep 2014) 10457 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Sep 2014 23:09:08 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             51             51
Bald Eagle                   1             34             34
Northern Harrier            14            120            130
Sharp-shinned Hawk         308           1314           1324
Cooper's Hawk                0             22             23
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk         9970          21448          21479
Red-tailed Hawk              0             19             19
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           155            695            728
Merlin                       6             26             27
Peregrine Falcon             2             15             15
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              1              1

Total:                   10457          23746          23832
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Lyon

Observers:        Clive Hodder, Dave Verkley, Derek Lyon, Jim Dunn,
                  Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan, Tom Stewart

Visitors:
Thanks to the entire group of volunteers that did a great job of spotting
and recording today's flight. There were also 20+ visitors today including
Roberta and Mark (Sarnia).


Weather:
Lots of sun for the entire day with a few clouds in the hawkwatch area.
Temp got to a high of 18C. Winds were NW for the morning and then quickly
backed around to SW blowing right up the cliff.

Raptor Observations:
Wow! Another great day for hawkwatching with nice sunny skies and some
cloud to help spot the birds.  The total for the day was 10,457 and once
again the majority were Broadwings (9,970).  The Broadwing flight started
high at the cliff as well as to the north.  Large kettles were counted
further north streaming across over 2 hours.  Then winds shifted SW and the
Broadwing flight was much harder to find.  There was a nice showing of
Sharpies & Kestrel in the morning and the first Peregrine was spotted right
at the cliff riding the strong SW winds.  The second Peregrine came in
quick and dove down beneath the cliff.



Other species for the day included singles of Osprey and Bald Eagle, N.
Harrier (14), a good number of Sharpies (308), Kestrels (155) and Merlins
(6). 

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of non-raptor sightings in the morning with a real highlight a Prairie
warbler right above the observers in the first hour! Still seeing lots of
RT Hummingbirds, Carolina wren, Red bellied woodpecker, Cedar Waxwings,
Philadelphia vireo, 8  Common Loons, warblers (BT Green, Nashville and
Palm, Black & White, Redstart, Tennessee, Bay-breasted), Greater Yellowlegs
flyover, Song sparrow, Catbird, E. Towhee, Blue Headed Vireo, Kingfisher.
The Blue Jays seemed to have started to migrate - approx. 110 today with
many more to come.												

											

Approx 200 Monarchs - seemed to be all around!	Also seen were 12 Spotted
skimmer, Saddlebags (lots), Painted Lady, Red admiral, Summer Azure and
Green darners.

Predictions:
Thursday should prove to be another good flight day...though spotting the
birds may be tougher if there's no clouds. Winds are forecast to be N to NE
for the day.
========================================================================
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: High Park Hawkwatch Sep.17,2014
From: Tim McCarthy <timmccarthy_5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:24:13 -0400
Tim Mccarthy via Ontbirds.
Well, I said I was only going to report the good days. Some of the other sites 
had good days. We had WSW winds and a total of 15 Broadwings. These birds can't 
afford to wait around up North or their food hibernates. So they must have been 
coming through somewhere. How about the old Lake Iroquois shoreline? It makes a 
ridgeline clear across the north of Toronto doesn't it? The time is so short 
and we are so few. How about some help from everybody? Anybody. Lets do some 
Citizen Science.You don't have to come to High Park. Just look up when you're 
getting into your car tomorrow morning or wherever you are. Look way up as far 
into the clouds as you can see and tell me tomorrow if you see pepper. That 
pepper in the clouds is a flock or "kettle" of Broadwinged Hawks. We need to 
find out which route they take in South or East wind weather conditions when 
they're not flying over High Park. So if you see them please note the time and 
place and send me an email. We're going to find the secret of the Broadwinged 
Hawks this year. 

Not too many watchers showed up at the Park today. Just the hard-core guys. 
(The ones who don't work). I hope the rest of you didn't stay home today just 
because I forgot to give the location of High Park in yesterday's report. It 
is, ahem, West off Keele Street just south of Bloor. Drive in and park at the 
Grenadier Restaurant parking lot. Or get off at the High Park subway station 
and walk South. Now tomorrow is supposed to have North Winds all day so it 
should bring out the broadwings. Today was so bad that when lunch came out it 
was the highpoint of our day. I saw more chicken wings than broadwings. 

Good Birding,
Tim
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Brampton: Common Nighthawk
From: ray.vanderkooy AT walter-tools.com
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:48:16 +0200
At the Poweraide Center on Kennedy Road south of Steeles Ave are 6 Common 
Nighthawks flying over the empty cricket fields at the Etobicoke creek valley 
edge at dusk 


Brampton


Ray Vander Kooy
District Manager
Walter Canada
416-985-9772
www.walter-tools.com
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (17 Sep 2014) 676 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Sep 2014 19:09:06 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture              12            215            215
Osprey                       2             17             17
Bald Eagle                   0             64             64
Northern Harrier             6             82             82
Sharp-shinned Hawk         321           1784           1784
Cooper's Hawk                3             64             64
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             22             22
Broad-winged Hawk          263          12654          12654
Red-tailed Hawk              0            101            101
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              4
American Kestrel            69            247            247
Merlin                       0             21             21
Peregrine Falcon             0              6              6
Unknown Accipiter            0             14             14
Unknown Buteo                0             15             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             14             14
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                     676          15326          15326
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Bob Hall-Brooks, Carol Pitts, Chris Craft, Ed Pitts,
                  Jim McCoy, Patrick Tomlinson, Steve Wagner

Visitors:
A good crop of visitors arrived today, many staying for much of the day and
averaging around 15 people on the tower at any given time. Visitors ranged
throughout Ontario (Windsor, Kingsville, and Markham) as well as from
across the river, just north of Detroit. It was nice to see so much
interest today.


Weather:
There was a little bit of haze at the farthest reaches of the marsh but not
a cloud in the sky today. Winds were low and started out NW but changed
direction until they were from the SW by the end of the count.

Raptor Observations:
Not a big day for buteos today, though we saw one Broad-winged kettle at
the far north of our visibility, so they may have been passing through out
of sight. Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrels were our other higher
counts. 7 species passed by with a total of 676 birds.

Non-raptor Observations:
15 non-raptor species were seen migrating today with our first 61 Blue Jays
and another exciting Common Nighthawk. 48 Monarchs. See today's eBird list
for other species seen in the marsh
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S19860953

Predictions:
Winds from 15-20km/h from the N and NE with temperatures rising to 20C. 
========================================================================
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 (17 Sep 2014) 53055 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Sep 2014 18:09:54 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              64            353            353
Osprey                       7             30             30
Bald Eagle                  19            109            109
Northern Harrier             3             72             72
Sharp-shinned Hawk         264           1214           1214
Cooper's Hawk               14             61             61
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk        52635         135023         135023
Swainson's Hawk              0              2              2
Red-tailed Hawk             16            123            123
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            29            142            142
Merlin                       2             17             17
Peregrine Falcon             1              6              6
Unknown Accipiter            1              7              7
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5              5

Total:                   53055         137168         137168
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, John Elliott, Raburn Howland

Visitors:
25+


Weather:
Tougher spotting sky today: clear blue with a thin film of distant haze. We
had some early lake fog to contend with but that quickly burned off. Later
in the day, when the broadwings were streaming through, a few high clouds
made things a little easier for us. The wind was light and mostly out of
the west.

Raptor Observations:
Another exceptional day of Broad-winged Hawk movement. In the late
afternoon, several gargantuan streams crossed directly overhead. As for
other birds, Sharp-shinned Hawks and Bald Eagles were again moving in good
numbers. Also, a low, close Merlin was a nice way to end the day. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jay (60+), Red-winged Blackbird (40+), Chimney Swift (55+), Monarch
(500+)

Predictions:
Partly cloudy with moderate northeast 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: Presqu'ile - Hudsonian Godwit Update.
From: "Bree, David (MNR)" <david.bree AT ontario.ca>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:22:18 +0000
Hi

The Hudsonian Godwit was present again this AM on Gull Island in company with 8 
Black-bellied Plovers. It is spending time along the south shore of the island 
and at the east tip. The latter location is viewable from Owen Point with a 
scope. Also present on the island were 8 American Pipits and a single Whimbrel 
on the north shore of the island. Splitting their time between Gull Island and 
Owen Point where 3 Pectoral Sandpipers, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 2 Least 
Sandpipers, 6 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 3 Semipalmated Plovers, 1 Dunlin and 
20-30 Sanderlings. Baird's Sandpiper was also reported. There was also a 
significant build-up of Monarchs (50+) on Owen Point this AM. 


To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, exit the 401 south at Brighton and 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 knee-deep water (not allowing for waves) in which 
there is often a swift current and a substrate that is somewhat uneven and 
slippery. 



David Bree
Sr. Natural Heritage Education Leader
Presqu'ile Provincial Park
328 Presqu'ile Parkway
Brighton, ON.
K0K 1H0
613 475-4324 ext 225
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Subject: Ottawa: Lesser Black-backed Gulls (9)
From: Jon Ruddy <accipitriformes AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:47:19 -0400
Hi there,

Today (17 September) from 0910 - 0950 h, I observed 9 Lesser Black-backed
Gulls at the Trail Road Waste Facility. Of the 9 included: 5 adults, 3
second-cycle, and 1 first-cycle. To note, this was a careful count and most
likely a conservative one. From the great mass of gulls present, I imagine
that number could easily be doubled.

I was joined by Bruce Di Labio and we studied the gulls together. As an
aside, Bruce discovered an interesting gull which we, at the time,
hypothesized could have been of Herring x Lesser Black-backed lineage.

I have uploaded some images of the LBBG's and a few photos of the putative
hybrid (comments welcome for those interested in speculating the origin of
this gull) on my blog site.

Directions (as per those available on neilyworld.com): From Highway 416
take exit 66 (Fallowfield Road). If southbound, a 0.4 km offramp dumps onto
Fallowfield, where you will turn right or west. If northbound, the 0.4 km
offramp brings you to Fallowfield, where you will turn left or west onto it
and in 0.5 km join the southbound offramp traffic. Both groups will now
follow Fallowfield Road west for an additional 0.4 km to reach Moodie
Drive. Turn left or southeast onto Moodie Drive and go 4.0 km to Cambrian
Road. Turn left or ENE on Cambrian and almost immediately veer right or
southeast on Trail Road the site of the Nepean Dump. The entrance is 1.0 km
east on Trail, on the left.

Good birding,
Jon Ruddy
http://jonruddy.blogspot.ca/
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Subject: Cranberry Marsh Hawk Watch - 16 September 2014
From: Jean Iron <jeaniron AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:30:01 -0400
Cranberry Marsh Hawk Watch
Whitby, Ontario
Tuesday 16 September 2014

Total Species: 10
Turkey Vulture 30
Bald Eagle 6
Osprey 1
Northern Harrier 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 266
Coopers Hawk 7
Broad-winged Hawk 1980
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Kestrel 30
Merlin 7
Unidentified 1
Total Individuals: 2335

Observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Jean Iron. Many thanks to the observers.

Observers: Ross Lamb, Doug Lockrey, David Worthington, Norm Murr, Ian
Cannell, Eleanor Beagan, Rick LaForest, Ron Pittaway, Falmai Page, Rosemary
Harris, Charlie Adey, Eric Davis, Joyce Collier-Brown, Jackie McBlain, Aiki
Skokavac, Joyce Robinson and many more visitors.

Weather: Wind predominately from the northwest.

Other birds: 52 species including: 13 species of ducks, geese and swans; 10
Great Egrets; 1 adult Black-crowned Night-Heron; 4 Common Gallinules; 3
Pied-billed Grebes; 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 4 Black-bellied Plovers; 2
Semipalmated Plovers; 2 Solitary Sandpipers; 1 Common Raven; 7 Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds; 2 Marsh Wrens; 19 Wild Turkeys (on Halls Road); 1 Common
Nighthawk; and 1 White-throated Sparrow.

Monarch Migration: Steady migration all day. Several hundreds.

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

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

Data will be submitted to HMANA and eBird.

Jean Iron
Toronto ON


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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (16 Sep 2014) 6208 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Sep 2014 00:09:34 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      10             50             50
Bald Eagle                   6             33             33
Northern Harrier            13            106            116
Sharp-shinned Hawk         202           1006           1016
Cooper's Hawk                3             22             23
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk         5813          11478          11509
Red-tailed Hawk              4             19             19
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           147            540            573
Merlin                       8             20             21
Peregrine Falcon             2             13             13
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              1              1

Total:                    6208          13289          13375
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Lyon

Observers:        Bill Read, Bob Johnstone, Chris Burris, Clive Hodder,
                  Dave Brown, Dave Verkley, Derek Lyon, Eric Single,
                  Ernie Gribble, Jim Dunn, Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan,
                  Matt Oswald, Ronnie Goodhand, Rose Braxton, Steve Birch,
                  Tom Stewart

Visitors:
Lots of visitors today to enjoy a great hawkwatching day! Thanks to
everyone for helping with the count...and especially Jen L. as official
counter on a day with birds all over the sky.


Weather:
Once the heavier overcast pushed off to the lake and the skies opened up
the air dried and the birds really started to move. The wind hung in from
the NW for most of the day keeping the flight down along the lake shore. It
then backed all the way round to the SW up the cliff. Temp in the sun was
quite warm and hit 17C.

Raptor Observations:
A bit humid to start the day so not much movement for the first couple of
hours. By the 3rd hour we had just a single Broadwing...but then...wow!!
the floodgates opened and by the end of the day we had a total of 6,208
raptors tallied.  As expected the big part of this flight was Broadwings
(5,613). Kettle after kettle appeared to the east and north and then
streamed off to the west.  The largest single group was 645 Broadwings
counted in a continuous stream across the sky.



Other species were obviously on the move today as well...including Osprey
(10) many along the cliff or just inland, a couple of immature Bald Eagles,
N. Harrier (13), a nice push of Sharpies (202), just a few Cooper's Hawks
(3), a few Redtails (4), a nice push of Kestrels (147) with a flurry of
them coming through toward the end of the afternoon, several Merlin (8) and
a couple of high Peregrines.

Non-raptor Observations:
There were some good passerines reported earlier in the morning with
woodpeckers (Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied, N. Flicker and Y.B. Sapsucker),
warblers (Blackpoll, B.T. Green, Palm, Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned,
Tennessee, Black & White, Nashville, Blackburnian, Magnolia), vireos
(Red-eyed, Philadelphia, Blue-headed), flycatchers (Pewee, Least, Great
Crested), Tree Swallows, Chimney Swifts, Great Blue Herons, W.B. Nuthatch,
Common Loon, Gray Catbird, Song Sparrow, Carolina Wren, Killdeer, House
Finch and Greater Black-backed Gull. We also saw the first bit of a push of
Blue Jays with a total of 135 crossing the hawkwatch.



Monarchs were seen throughout the day with a rough count of 280 and an
Underwing Moth was also spotted.

Predictions:
Winds are forecast to be SW for Wed. so any main flight will likely be
pushed inland.  Might see some birds along the cliff...especially Kestrels
and Osprey.
========================================================================
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 Sep 16,2014
From: Tim McCarthy <timmccarthy_5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:55:03 -0400
from: Tim Mccarthy on behalf of Ontbirds
 
Winds 20-25 km mostly NW
Barometric pressure around 102 and rising.
Humidity starting at 67% going down to 44%
Visibility unlimited
Cloud cover from 5 to 75 %
 
If you've been paying attention you know by now what that means:
 
41 Turkey vultures
2  Ospreys
7  Bald eagles
2 Northern harriers
159 Sharpshins
14 Coopers
1805 Broadwings
31 Redtails
16 Am. Kestrels
2 Merlins
3 Peregrines
 
and give or take 17 ecstatic hawkwatchers.
 
 And you know what? I'm not kidding, they did call in sick, play hooky from 
school, go to lunch and not come back, lie, cheat, anything to get out for the 
big hawk day. I think one person might even have climbed out the hospital 
window. Bless'em all. They were all better hawkspotters than me. 

And now I know why they put me in charge of keeping the days' records. I can't 
see high flying birds to save my life. And I guess I got lucky predicting when 
our big day was going to come and I'm glad that you came today to be part of 
it. 

But I've got some ideas and I'm going to talk about where when and how to find 
migrating hawks in Toronto as soon as I find myself a venue. I think I know why 
High Park got smaller totals over the last 2 weeks than any of the other 
Hawkwatching sites and I think I know, given enough peoplepower what we should 
do about that. Meantime today we enjoyed some real excitement, great 
camaraderie beautiful weather and terrible birding jokes. Somebody oughta write 
a book someday. 

Tomorrow? Well, I'm not going to push my luck but it looks almost as good as 
today. 

For some pretty brilliant tips on how to find migrating hawks see Ron 
Pittaway's article in the O.F.O. website. 

See you on the hill.
Tim
 		 	   		  
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (16 Sep 2014) 12111 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Sep 2014 21:09:02 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture              64            203            203
Osprey                       1             15             15
Bald Eagle                   8             64             64
Northern Harrier            13             76             76
Sharp-shinned Hawk         355           1463           1463
Cooper's Hawk               14             61             61
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         22             22             22
Broad-winged Hawk        11576          12391          12391
Red-tailed Hawk             12            101            101
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 4              4              4
American Kestrel            37            178            178
Merlin                       3             21             21
Peregrine Falcon             1              6              6
Unknown Accipiter            0             14             14
Unknown Buteo                0             15             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             14             14
Swainson's Hawk              1              1              1

Total:                   12111          14650          14650
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Todd Pepper

Observers:        Carol Pitts, Ed Pitts, Janina Radley, Jenna McDermott,
                  Jim McCoy, Olga Klekner, Patrick Tomlinson, Steve Wagner

Visitors:
Our 4 annual visitors (and official observers) from Ohio were back today; 3
visitors from Michigan spent most of the day on the tower, as did Neal and
Nancy from Windsor. Another couple from Windsor spent 2 hours on the tower.



Weather:
A mostly sunny day with temperatures ranging from 11 - 21C; winds mostly
out of the North in the 10 - 12 km/hr range until the lake effect kicked in
and the ground level wind was from the South.

Raptor Observations:
A good day with 12,111 birds counted of 14 species. It was the first big
Broad-winged Hawk day with just over 11,800 birds. Also the first Golden
Eagles of the year with 4 seen all within 10 minutes. Also the first
Swainson's Hawk for the year.

Non-raptor Observations:
Our eyes were pointed high in the sky today and non-raptor was not our
priority, however it was a generally light migration day with 188 birds of
16 species. Highlights were a Common Nighthawk in the mid-afternoon, and a
flock of 21 Pectoral Sandpipers in the early morning. A Large Brown Bat was
observed in migration as soon as the count opened for the day.

Predictions:
A repeat of today with temperatures from 10 - 20C, winds slightly more
westerly at 10 km/hr and sunny.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Todd Pepper (pepper_todd AT yahoo.ca)
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http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: Dennis Duckworth
From: "Geoff Carpentier" <geoff.carpentier AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:47:01 -0400
It is with great sadness that I am reporting that my friend Dennis Duckworth 
passed away on September 15th. He died peacefully and pain free Monday night 
after a lengthy illness. Anne Pinteric, his partner and soul mate for more 
years than I can remember, was at his side throughout his long ordeal . Dennis 
will always be remembered as a keen birder who saw every bird and knew 
everyone. He was a long-time friend to so many of Ontario's “older” birding 
crowd and will be sadly missed. 

  
There will be a funeral on Saturday September 20 at 11:00 am at St. Georges 
On-the-Hill Anglican Church at 4600 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke M9A 1A5 
Reception to follow. A notice will be posted in the Toronto Star in the coming 
days. 

 

Geoff Carpentier
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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (16 Sep 2014) 68655 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Sep 2014 19:09:45 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              66            289            289
Osprey                       3             23             23
Bald Eagle                   9             90             90
Northern Harrier            19             69             69
Sharp-shinned Hawk         284            950            950
Cooper's Hawk               13             47             47
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk        68193          82388          82388
Swainson's Hawk              2              2              2
Red-tailed Hawk             13            107            107
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            43            113            113
Merlin                       5             15             15
Peregrine Falcon             1              5              5
Unknown Accipiter            1              6              6
Unknown Buteo                2              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              5              5

Total:                   68655          84113          84113
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Fred Kirn, John Elliott

Visitors:
50+


Weather:
We were gifted a picture perfect hawk watching sky today. Overhead, it was
mostly blue with a smattering of puffy white clouds for a nice bit of
contrast. Some early morning fog burned off quickly, opening things up
nicely. The wind was light and out of the northwest early, shifting more to
the southeast late.

Raptor Observations:
In magnificent, swirling kettles and long, streaming lines, the broadwings
arrived in awe-inspiring waves this morning. There was near nonstop action
all day, with stream after stream alternately shooting through high
overhead, out over the lake or past the stacks. From 1000 am on, just about
every scan yielded at least one Broad-winged Hawk, and oftentimes many,
many more than one. But it wasn't just the broadwings that were moving.
Tagging along with them came a nice number of Northern Harriers, Merlins
and Bald Eagles as well as our first two Swainson's Hawks of the season.
Then, later in the day, Sharp-shinned Hawks and American Kestrels decided
to assert themselves more fully, leading to a raucous, highly entertaining
afternoon flight. Of note, a third Swainson's Hawk was observed today, at
Point Mouillee, crossing with a group of broadwings. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Nighthawk (1), Cape May Warbler (2), Blue-winged Teal (2), Wood Duck
(1), Pied-billed Grebe (2)

Predictions:
Clear skies with light and variable wind. Should be good.
========================================================================
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
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Subject: Iroquois Shoreline Sept. 16th 2014
From: Mike Williamson <mdw49 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:47:54 -0400
ISRW

North Whitby On Canada

Sept. 16th

These results are from a Great heads up from Tyler Hoar

Turkey Vulture = 52

Bald Eagle = 1

S/Shinned = 30

Broad-Winged = 1027

A/Kestrel = 6

Total = 1116

Hours = 3.5

1 Juv BE AT  2:30 EST

Winds 10 k NW

Observer Mike Williamson

Report submitted by Mike Williamson

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Subject: Scugog birds
From: "Geoff Carpentier" <geoff.carpentier AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:40:03 -0400
The birds were moving through today and some interesting observations were 
made: 


1250 Grackles (conservative estimate), 2 Swainson’s Thrushes, 1 each of 
Olive-sided and Great-crested Flycatcher and 4 Pine Warblers in the yard plus 
23 cormorants, 16 Killdeer and a Black-bellied Plover over the house. 


On a hunch I went north to the sod farms just north of Davis Dr (Scugog Conc. 
12 at Lakeridge) and found 93 killdeer in the northwest part of the field. No 
other shorebirds but the viewing was tough and the field ploughed so I could 
have missed something. 



Geoff Carpentier
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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper-Port Hope
From: dave milsom <milsomdave AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:14:19 -0400


 After seeing little except a few nice warblers at Presqu'ile this morning (we 
did not wade out to Gull Island), Martin Parker and I followed up on a tip from 
Richard Pope to check out the algae mat on the beach in front of the Cameco 
Plant in Port Hope. Here we found a juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper, juvenile 
Black-bellied Plover and 6 Killdeer. 

 
Directions : Exit off 401 to the downtown section of Port Hope, where you 
follow the road under the high bridge to the Go-Train station. Pass this and 
proceed past the Cameco Plant down towards the harbour. Just before this, walk 
the beach westwards. 

 
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Subject: Presqu'ile Hudsonian Godwit Update.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:40:16 -0400
For those willing to wade to Gull Island, the Hudsonian Godwit was seen 
there by several people this morning.  It is usually in the close 
company of a Whimbrel.
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 knee-deep water (not allowing 
for waves) in which there
is often a swift current and a substrate that is somewhat uneven and
slippery.

-- 
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: White Ibis Wheatley PP, flew the coop
From: Leonard Manning <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:08:33 -0400
Talking to some birders on site now, about 45 minutes ago the bird was
observed leaving where it had been seen earlier this morning, and it was
observed flying west. Apparently, it looked like it was leaving. That s not
to say it is gone or wont be refound, but I thought this info would be
useful for birders coming from a distance.


Len
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Subject: white ibis at wheatley pp good to go
From: Leonard Manning <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:35:26 -0400
Scope is a good idea. Currently feeding in previously reported location.
Delicious fish. Boardwalk to to beach from two creeks campground.

Big year not a bust!

Len n Lisa
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Subject: White Ibis, Wheatley present Sept 16
From: kenneth.gd.burrell AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:13:13 -0400
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Subject: A blue wing-tagged Great Egret at Petrolia, Ontario---HELP!
From: "Weseloh,Chip [Ontario]" <Chip.Weseloh AT ec.gc.ca>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:49:00 -0400
>
> Hi Ontbirders,
> I need your help!
> I have just received the email message below about a blue wing-tagged Great 
Egret at the park in Petrolia, Ontario, but the observer has not been able to 
read the tag numbers/letter. If anyone from the Petrolia area can help us out 
by locating the bird and reading the wing-tag, I would be most appreciative. 
.The bird has been there for quite a while. 

>
> Thanks much,
> Chip.
>
>
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [Ontbirds] Great Egrets - Please report wing-tagged birds
> Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:04:40 -0400
> From: ralph tyrie 
> To: 
>
>
>
> Mr. Chip Weseloh
> For the past several weeks I have noticed a Great Egret staying around the 
park in Petrolia, Ontario. There is plenty of water on both sides of the road 
for wildlife, especially from all the rain we have had recently. I first 
thought this bird had blue plumage on its wings, but binoculars show that they 
are blue tags. I could not get close enough to make out the printing on it and 
it didn’t help with the bird always moving around. I did take a picture to 
prove that I saw the bird, but that is all I can tell or show you. I think the 
bird will probably stick around for awhile yet. 

> The attachment will show what I was able to get with the camera. The shutter 
speed should have been faster to eliminate camera shake. 

> Thanks,
> Ralph Tyrie
>
>

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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (15 Sep 2014) 202 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Sep 2014 21:09:25 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       8             40             40
Bald Eagle                   0             27             27
Northern Harrier             1             93            103
Sharp-shinned Hawk          66            804            814
Cooper's Hawk                0             19             20
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            6           5665           5696
Red-tailed Hawk              0             15             15
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           120            393            426
Merlin                       0             12             13
Peregrine Falcon             1             11             11
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              1              1

Total:                     202           7081           7167
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Lyon

Observers:        Bill Read, Bob Johnstone, Derek Lyon, Jason McGuire,
                  Jim Dunn, Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan, Ronnie Goodhand,
                  Tom Bolohan

Visitors:
Just a few visitors today...and a big thanks to the gang of volunteers who
were out to do the count today. 


Weather:
Better day than expected considering the predicted SW winds but clouds came
in sooner than expected too. Temp was steady most of the day from 15C to
16C.  

Raptor Observations:
Decent variety of species and great early day counts of Kestrels that came
in groups of 5, 6, 8 & 10 at a time.  The lone Peregrine for the day came
through "the bite" slow enough for the counters to get great views of a
juvenile (smallish so probable male) while it cruised on through.

Total for the day was 202 and as expected on SW winds the bulk of the
flight was Kestrels (120) and a number of Osprey (8) along with Sharpies
(66), N. Harrier (1) and just a few Broadwings (6). 

Non-raptor Observations:
We did not get a long list of non-raptor sightings today but there were a
couple of great sightings nonetheless.  The highlights are 2 new species
for Hawk Cliff this season -- a Green Heron found at the pond and a
Black-crowned Nightheron which flew across the field in front of hawk
watchers. Other bird sightings included Kingfisher, lots of Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds but mainly feeding rather than actively migrating, with some
chasing each other across the field in any direction other than west. 
Swifts and Swallows (Tree, Barn and 1 Cliff) were seen mainly during the
morning hours and again today a single Common Loon was seen heading towards
the lake.  Observers reported only 4 Warblers today -- Nashville, Black &
White, Blackpoll and Wilson's; a few Double-crested Cormorants were seen
flying along the cliff and Cedar Waxwings continue to be found hawking bugs
just about everywhere.  Still others were Indigo Bunting, House Sparrow,
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eurpoean Starling and America Goldfinch. 
Ring-billed and Herring Gulls cruised the cliff as usual.



160 Monarch Butterflies were counted as they crossed the field, continuing
their flight even this afternoon, despite gloomy conditions.  The only
dragonfly species reported today was Black Saddlebags; however, there was
some excitement as a Walking Stick was seen at the observation knoll.

Predictions:
Well...winds are forecast to be moderate from the NW for the morning the
decreasing through midday and eventually backing to the west.  If we get
some cloud at all we might catch a decent flight of Broadwings.  A quick
check of the Thermal Updraft Velocities for tomorrow shows a high value of
at least 400-500 fpm (feet per minute) in the entire region which may help
get the birds moving.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm



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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (15 Sep 2014) 128 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Sep 2014 20:09:34 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0            139            139
Osprey                       0             14             14
Bald Eagle                   0             56             56
Northern Harrier             2             63             63
Sharp-shinned Hawk         110           1108           1108
Cooper's Hawk                2             47             47
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0            815            815
Red-tailed Hawk              0             89             89
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            12            141            141
Merlin                       0             18             18
Peregrine Falcon             0              5              5
Unknown Accipiter            2             14             14
Unknown Buteo                0             15             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             14             14

Total:                     128           2539           2539
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Jason Craft, Jim McCoy, John Craft

Visitors:
It was nice to meet a few of the long-term visitors who come up from
Cincinnati and Ohio each fall, as well as to welcome a couple from
Orangeville, ON who had never visited the tower before. 


Weather:
A colourful sunrise was a great start to the day with a slight fog over the
marsh; very peaceful. The light breeze came from almost every compass point
at some point during the day. There was typically more than 70% cloud cover
and some drizzle around noon.

Raptor Observations:
There was not a lot of raptor movement today but the low clouds also kept
the Sharp-shinned hawks low and easy to see from the tower, even with the
naked eye. 110 Sharp-shins today, followed by 12 American Kestrels, 2
Northern Harriers and 2 Cooper's Hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
Passerines were in low abundance today as well, with a little activity at
sunrise but quieting right down for the rest of the day. More Chimney
Swifts were seen flying overhead than there have been since the beginning
of the season and swallows were, as usual, milling around in the skies for
most of the day. Pied-billed grebes fishing and muskrat eating vegetation
provided much amusement between raptors. 10 R-throated Hummingbirds, 2
Monarchs. See today's eBird list for more:
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S19844683

Predictions:
A sunny day with 10-15km/h winds coming from the NW in the morning and W in
the afternoon. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT mail.uoguelph.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (15 Sep 2014) 52 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Sep 2014 19:09:38 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0            223            223
Osprey                       0             20             20
Bald Eagle                   0             81             81
Northern Harrier             0             50             50
Sharp-shinned Hawk          49            666            666
Cooper's Hawk                0             34             34
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0          14195          14195
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             94             94
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             70             70
Merlin                       1             10             10
Peregrine Falcon             1              4              4
Unknown Accipiter            0              5              5
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                      52          15458          15458
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Patrick Mulawa

Visitors:
4


Weather:
Mostly cloudy to start, it wasn't long before a wave of gray clouds moved
in, sprinkling some drizzle on us a few times during the morning hours. The
hard rain held off until later in the evening but the overcast skies stuck
around for the duration of the watch. The wind was light and mostly out of
the southwest.

Raptor Observations:
Three falcons passed by close today, one of each species. We got great
looks at both the Merlin and the peregrine, enlivening what was a mostly
quiet affair.

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-winged Blackbird (60+), Blue-winged Teal (1), American Wigeon (2), Wood
Duck (1), Chimney Swift (20+)

Predictions:
Partly cloudy with moderate west winds.
========================================================================
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 (13 Sep 2014) 404 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Sep 2014 18:09:33 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               3            185            185
Osprey                       0             19             19
Bald Eagle                   1             52             52
Northern Harrier             4             45             45
Sharp-shinned Hawk          83            478            478
Cooper's Hawk                4             33             33
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk          305            767            767
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2             85             85
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             57             57
Merlin                       1              9              9
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              5              5
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                     404           1744           1744
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Don Sherwood

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess

Weather:


Raptor Observations:
Consistent Broad-winged and Sharp-shinned hawk movement throughout the day
but little else.

Non-raptor Observations:
American White Pelican (28), Northern Pintail (2), Black-and-white Warbler
(1), American Redstart (1), Northern Parula (1), Chestnut-sided Warbler (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: White Ibis at Wheatley Park
From: Jeremy Bensette <jeremy_bensette AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:16:34 -0400
The white ibis is still present at Wheatley Provincial Park, in the same place 
as previously reported, viewed from the bridge near Two Creeks campground. Good 
birding! 


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Subject: Iroquois Shoreline Raptor Watch Sept. 14th 2014
From: Mike Williamson <mdw49 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:07:14 -0400
ISRW

North Whitby ON Canada

Sept. 14Th 2014

Totals                                       Month                  Season
to date

Turkey Vulture                            45
45

Osprey                                            14
14

Bald Eagle                                      11
11

N/Harrier                                         2
2

S/Shinned                                     83
83

Coopers                                          9
9

N/Goshawk                                    0
0

R/Shoulder                                    0
0

Broad-Winged                       2916
2916

R/Tailed                                         20
20

R/Legged                                        0
0

Golden Eagle                                0
0

A/Kestrel                                     14
14

Merlin                                              4
4

Peregrine                                       0
0

UA                                                     0
0

UB                                                     0
0

UE                                                     0
0

UF                                                     0
0

UR                                                     0
0

Total                                          3122
3122

Hours                                          21.5
21.5

Report submitted by Mike Williamson

Directions: From the 401 take Brosk St north past Taunton Rd turn left onto
Spencers Rd & left on Ashburn Rd park by the gate & follow the path until
the platform is in view.

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Subject: Re: Hudsonian Godwit@Presqu'ile
From: William Gilmour <ivorybill AT rogers.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:35:33 -0400
Hi David

It was below knee deep in most places. A couple of the places it was a few 
inches above the knee. 


Bill
On 2014-09-15, at 2:22 PM, William Gilmour  wrote:

> Greetings Ontbirders
> 
> This morning Peter Fuller and I saw the Hudsonian Godwit on Gull Island that 
was first reported by Bruce DiLabio on Saturday. The bird was flying with an 
American Golden Plover and headed west along the Island shoreline where we lost 
sight of it. 

> 
> In total we had 13 species of shorebirds this morning. 22 Black-bellied 
Plovers, 1 American Plovers, 5 Semi-palmated Plovers, 6 Semi-palmated 
Sandpipers, 2 Baird's Sandpipers, 4 Pectoral Sandpipers, 36 Sanderlings, 1 
Dunlin, 2 Red Knots, 8 Ruddy turnstones, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Whimbrel and 1 
Hudsonian Godwit 

> 
> Bill Gilmour
> 
> 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 of unknown depth (not 
> allowing for waves) in which there
> is often a swift current and a substrate that is somewhat uneven and
> slippery. 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.
> 
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Subject: Hudsonian Godwit@Presqu'ile
From: William Gilmour <ivorybill AT rogers.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:22:07 -0400
Greetings Ontbirders

This morning Peter Fuller and I saw the Hudsonian Godwit on Gull Island that 
was first reported by Bruce DiLabio on Saturday. The bird was flying with an 
American Golden Plover and headed west along the Island shoreline where we lost 
sight of it. 


In total we had 13 species of shorebirds this morning. 22 Black-bellied 
Plovers, 1 American Plovers, 5 Semi-palmated Plovers, 6 Semi-palmated 
Sandpipers, 2 Baird's Sandpipers, 4 Pectoral Sandpipers, 36 Sanderlings, 1 
Dunlin, 2 Red Knots, 8 Ruddy turnstones, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Whimbrel and 1 
Hudsonian Godwit 


Bill Gilmour

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 of unknown depth (not 
allowing for waves) in which there
is often a swift current and a substrate that is somewhat uneven and
slippery. 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.

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Subject: White Ibis still at Wheatley Prov Park
From: Michael Tate <michaeltate AT rogers.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:52:04 -0400
Still in view from the Two Creeks campground bridge. Further down the creek 
north of the bridge with a Great Egret 


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

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Subject: White Ibis. Wheatley P. P.
From: Michael Tate <michaeltate AT rogers.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:09:25 -0400
As of 9 am the bird is still being seen from the Two Creeks campground bridge  
Mike

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

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Subject: White Ibis at Wheatley Provincial Park...
From: Steve Pike <stevepike.com AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:09:03 -0400
A quick update on the immature white ibis Kory posted earlier is that it's
still being seen well from the same location and looks quite content  while
feeding.  This bird is also in the Pelee birding area and is Pelee's second
record ever!

Good luck!!
Steve Pike
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Subject: Immature White Ibis - Wheatley Provincial Park
From: Kory Renaud <krenaud27 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:12:46 -0400
I followed up on a report from last night about An immature White Ibis
at Wheatley Provincial Park.  The bird is currently showing well from
the bridge that heads from Two Creeks Campground down to the beach.

Park at the beach in the day use area and walk over the bridge.



Directions.
Wheatley Provincial Park is just east of the town on Wheatley off of
Talbot Trail (#3).  A visitor permit and fee is required.


Good Birding!

Kory Renaud

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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (14 Sep 2014) 5578 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Sep 2014 23:09:22 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       5             32             32
Bald Eagle                   9             27             27
Northern Harrier            24             92            102
Sharp-shinned Hawk         197            738            748
Cooper's Hawk                2             19             20
Northern Goshawk             1              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk         5278           5659           5690
Red-tailed Hawk              5             15             15
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            54            273            306
Merlin                       2             12             13
Peregrine Falcon             1             10             10
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              1              1

Total:                    5578           6879           6965
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Lyon

Observers:        Ches Caister, Chris Burris, Dave Verkley, Derek Lyon,
                  Gord Kozak, Jim Dunn, Keith Sealy, Mark Cunningham,
                  Mary Carnahan, Tom Bolohan, Winston Celik

Visitors:
Lots of visitors today and a great turnout of volunteers for spotting and
counting the birds. Thanks to everyone that helped!


Weather:
The winds actually hung in there from the NW and N for the initial part of
the day...eventually crossing through NE and finally ESE for the rest of
the count period.  Not much in the way of cloud for the first part of the
day but some building in for the afternoon. Temp got to a high of 15C.

Raptor Observations:
A much better flight today than expected and great timing for the open
house weekend and all the visitors. The only problem with such clear skies
to start was that the flight was very high, especially the Broadwings.



Total birds tallied for the day was 5,578 the bulk of which was Broadwings
(5,278).  This may represent the vanguard leading up to larger flights of
Broadwings over the next few days. Broadwings were very very high with
kettles of 300 to 500 in the peak hours mainly over the bushlot to the east
and then streaming to the north.  The lone Goshawk came through during the
last open house bird show.  Unfortunately most of the public were watching
the show and missed seeing the bird, it was very quick.  It was a young
bird and came straight across from the gap and had the counters thinking it
was a large Coopers as Goshawk don't usually come through yet.  But as it
got closer, it was clearly a goshawk. Lots of local bald eagles today,
sometimes as many as 6-8 in the sky.  Overall, great day! Other species
observed included Osprey (5), Bald Eagles (9) actually counted as migrants,
a good count of N. Harriers (25) including what appeared to be an immature
male not quite into definitive adult plumage, lots of Sharpies (196), a
couple of Cooper's Hawks, some Redtails (5), Kestrels (54), Merlins (2) and
another single Peregrine.

Non-raptor Observations:
Observers enjoyed some good birding early this morning with many songbirds
right around the observation knoll, including a Hairy Woodpecker, a
Carolina Wren. Great Blue Heron, Song Sparrow, numerous Goldfinches flying
over in flocks, and some Warblers.  Nice bird for the day was a White-eyed
Vireo. Others found warblers up and down the road for a total today of 11
warbler species which were Yellow (3 individuals were seen), Magnolia,
Chestnut-sided, 2 Cape May, Bay-breasted, several American Redstart,
Blue-winged (only the second reported this fall season), Northern Parula,
at least 4 Wilson's, and a Common Yellowthroat.  There was a Gray Catbird
meowing from almost every shrub up and down Hawk Cliff Rd and many
observers and photographers had great views of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
both flying across the field and sparring in jewelweed patches.





Monarch Butterflies continued their trek westward, 3 being captured for the
butterfly tagging demonstration in the morning, and numerous Clouded
Sulphurs were seen in weed patches especially in the cornfield, which is
also the hub of dragonfly activity most days.  Black Saddlebags and Common
Green Darners continue to be the most frequently observed dragonflies
moving across the tobacco field as well as patrolling in the cornfield. 
Today's highlight was a single Eastern Forktail found close to the pond.

Predictions:
The forecast for Monday calls for SW winds with a mix of sun and cloud.
This usually pushes the flight somewhat inland though you can still get
some species right along the cliff using the updraft on these 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: Durham Fall Field Day Sundat September 14
From: Hugh Currie via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:58:08 +0000 (UTC)
Our Fall Field Day was held today finishing at 5 PM as always. Brian Henshaw 
was our gracious host for the roundup. Today's species total stands at 158 
within 3 of the all time record. Two long overdue new species were added to the 
81 year cumulative total bringing it to 255. These were Northern Saw-whet Owl 
and Sandhill Crane. 

There were at least 15 record high totals and 3 others were equaled but results 
are still coming in. The highest party list was 110. 


We had 21 species of warbler today also 4 species of owl. Some of the more 
interesting finds included 2 Cackling Geese, 3 Long-billed Dowitchers at Rotary 
Park and a Red-necked Phalarope at the Cannington SL. 

Highlights included a Merlin giving chase to a Common Nighthawk at Nonquon SL. 
The nighthawk eventually escaped minus a few feathers and with considerable 
loss of dignity. Another surprise was the sight of 6 Cape May Warblers together 
at the top of a dead tree. A fine time was had by all. 
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (14 Sep 2014) 668 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Sep 2014 22:09:46 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture              32            139            139
Osprey                       3             14             14
Bald Eagle                  10             56             56
Northern Harrier            12             61             61
Sharp-shinned Hawk         183            998            998
Cooper's Hawk                9             45             45
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          379            815            815
Red-tailed Hawk             24             89             89
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8            129            129
Merlin                       0             18             18
Peregrine Falcon             1              5              5
Unknown Accipiter            1             12             12
Unknown Buteo                0             15             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               6             14             14

Total:                     668           2411           2411
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Bob Pettit, Dorothy McLeer, Gwen Patrick, Jim McCoy,
                  Karen Padbury, Olga Klekner

Visitors:
We had a fantastic mix of visitors checking out the tower during Hawk Fest
today, from birders to photographers to families. A special thanks go out
to 2 of our visitors, John and Jenn Mills, who spent the entire day up on
the tower and were a great help in spotting far-off raptors.


Weather:
A very calm day with approximately 5km/h winds switching to the SSW after 5
hours of coming from the N-NE. A cool (9C) morning warmed up to 20C,
turning into a beautiful day.

Raptor Observations:
Cooler temperatures this morning led to a slow start for raptors flying.
Sharp-shinned Hawks began to show themselves after the temperature rose a
few degrees and were shortly followed by small kettles of Broad-winged
Hawks. Most were flying at quite a distance so it was a treat to have a
Northern Harrier every once in a while since they tended to be closer to
the tower. A good mix of 10 species flew through with a total of 668
raptors.

Non-raptor Observations:
An Eastern Whip-poor-will was heard early this morning and after sunrise,
warblers and other passerines were pretty abundant in the trees and bushes
around the tower. Some species seen were Common Yellowthroat, Tennessee,
Magnolia, Chestnut-sided and Canada Warblers along with 2 Common Nighthawks
and 3 R-Throated Hummingbirds. 5 Monarchs. 

See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S19835164

Predictions:
A cool morning with winds at 10-15km/h from the SW and a chance of showers.

========================================================================
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 (14 Sep 2014) 13662 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Sep 2014 19:09:35 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              38            220            220
Osprey                       1             20             20
Bald Eagle                  29             80             80
Northern Harrier             5             46             46
Sharp-shinned Hawk         139            534            534
Cooper's Hawk                1             30             30
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk        13428          13890          13890
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              9             92             92
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            12             68             68
Merlin                       0              8              8
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              5              5
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                   13662          15002          15002
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Jim Lynch, Patrick Mulawa

Visitors:
30+


Weather:
Overcast early, we were granted progressive clearing as the day wore on.
Temperatures were mild and the wind was light and variable, shifting more
easterly later.

Raptor Observations:
A nice late movement of Broad-winged Hawks kept us after hours today. The
last stream didn't wind its way past the stacks until around 630. Early in
the day, small streams of broadwings were shooting through high overhead,
but as we moved into the late afternoon and the streams grew larger and
longer, most of the birds were observed pushing past well to our north.
Bald Eagles asserted themselves late as well, frequently picked up high
along with small groups of broadwings. Sharp-shinned Hawks were seen
regularly from the late morning on but Cooper's Hawks and American Kestrels
continue to be seen in only limited numbers so far this season.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Nighthawk (1), American White Pelican (11), Gray Catbird (1), Common
Yellowthroat (1), Red-winged Blackbird (40+) 

Predictions:
Partly cloudy in the morning with a 60 percent chance of afternoon rain.
The wind will likely be out of the west and southwest.
========================================================================
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: Cranberry Marsh Hawk Watch
From: "Rayfield Pye" <raypye AT interlinks.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:01:03 -0400
Cranberry Marsh Hawk Watch
Whitby, ON
Saturday, September 7, 2014

Species:
Turkey Vulture- 3
Osprey- 2
Bald Eagle- 2
Northern Harrier- 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk- 99
Coopers Hawk- 4
Northern Goshawk- 0
Red-shouldered Hawk- 0
Broad-winged Hawk- 3
Red-tailed Hawk-0
Rough-legged Hawk-0
Golden Eagle- 0
American Kestrel- 1
Merlin-0
Peregrine Falcon- 0
unidentified- 1

Total- 116

Observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Rayfield Pye

Observers: B McWalters, E Cole, C Van Goch, J Ball, and J Boxall

Weather: Light winds out of the north-west in the morning, switching to south 
around 10 AM. 

(that was when the flight moved inland)

Other birds: Great Egret- 13 (no wing tags), Ruby-throated Hummingbird- 12, 
Sora-1, American Bittern-1, Common Loon-10, 

Monarch migration: 43 the 1st hour and no count after that.

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 e-bird.

Rayfield Pye
Oshawa


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Subject: Iroquois Shoreline Sept. 14th
From: Mike Williamson <mdw49 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:50:33 -0400
ISRW

North Whitby ON Canada

Sept. 14  2014

Turkey Vulture = 8

Osprey = 2

Bald Eagle = 2

N/Harrier = 1

S/Shinned = 36

Coopers = 2

Broad-Winged = 1936

R/Tailed = 2

A/Kestrel = 2

Total = 1991

Hours = 5.5

Observers: Mike Williamson, Alfred Adamo, Roland & Eric Cole

Winds: SE to S 10kph

Other = 1 Adult Parasitic Jaeger id by Alfred flying S towards the lake

1 Adult BE AT  12:15 EST

1 Juv BE AT  12:30 EST

No defined flight path came in from all easterly directions & flight was WNW

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

Report submitted by Mike Williamson

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Subject: Great Egret in Erin village, Wellinton County.
From: paloma plant via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:09:39 +0000 (UTC)
At around 1 pm this afternoon, a great egret was seen in the marshy area behind 
the Valumart in Erin (134 Main St). 

It took off in the direction of Stanley Park, which is just north of this 
location, and accessed via Overland Drive off Main St. 


Erin is located approx. 20 minutes south west of Orangeville, on County Rd 124.

Cheers,

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Subject: Stuck duck at Cranberry Marsh
From: PAUL LAM <paulandmarina1 AT rogers.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:38:24 -0700
Sunday a.m. spotted a duck near the platform on the east side of Cranberry 
Marsh. It was flapping its wings and trying to get away but something was 
holding onto its legs. Perhaps fishing wire and reeds? We saw it twice, over a 
span of about 30 minutes. We phoned it in to the Toronto Wildlife Centre, but 
they said that with limited resources, they could only respond if someone else 
called it in to confirm it was still there. If you see it, please call 
416-631-0662. Or if you have hip-waders and are near by, it is only about 20 ft 
from the east platform. 

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Subject: Non-sighting Newspaper Article
From: "Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" <ontbirds_coord AT rogers.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:30:41 -0400
Paul Nicholson an OFO member wrote the following article in the London 
Free Press. It is appreciated.


http://www.lfpress.com/2014/09/10/the-world-outdoors-provincial-group-supports-young-birders 

-- 
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Mark Cranford
ONTBIRDS Coordinator
Mississauga, ON
mark.cranford AT ofo.ca
905 279 9576

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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (13 Sep 2014) 684 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 13 Sep 2014 22:09:10 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               9            107            107
Osprey                       0             11             11
Bald Eagle                  11             46             46
Northern Harrier             2             49             49
Sharp-shinned Hawk         432            815            815
Cooper's Hawk                2             36             36
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          204            436            436
Red-tailed Hawk             10             65             65
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            13            121            121
Merlin                       0             18             18
Peregrine Falcon             1              4              4
Unknown Accipiter            0             11             11
Unknown Buteo                0             15             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              8              8

Total:                     684           1743           1743
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Cindy Isenhoff, Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Bob Pettit, Chris Craft, Donny Moore, Dorothy McLeer,
                  Jenna McDermott, Jim McCoy

Visitors:
The first day of Festival brought many visitors to the tower once the
weather cleared a bit.  It was nice to see some of "the regulars" and meet
many new faces today.  Thanks to all who helped to make our first day of
Hawk Festival 2014 a success! Special thanks to all the vendors, sponsors,
HBMO members and partners in Hawk Festival!  We couldn't do it without you.
 


Weather:
Today was "Brisk" for mid September!  The overnight rain stopped just in
time for our count to begin.  Temperatures ranged from a low of 11.5C to a
late afternoon high of 15.3C.  Cloud cover was complete for much of the
morning keeping our hawks from getting an early start.  For the first
several hours of the count we had very few breaks in the cloud cover.  As
the afternoon wore on we had partly sunny skies most of the time.  Winds
started from the NNW and through the day shifted between W and some
components of W and N.  

Raptor Observations:
Once the hawks started to move today proved to be our highest count day so
far this season.  We had a total of 9 species, Sharp-shinned and
Broad-winged hawks making up the majority of the count today.  Bald Eagles
are definately migrating as well, we counted 11 migratory birds today.  Our
resident Bald Eagles and local Osprey kept watchers entertained between the
migrant birds.

(There was a late movement of Broad-winged hawks and several more Bald
Eagles after the official count ended today--67 & 5 respectivley)

Non-raptor Observations:
Notable non raptors today were:  15 White Pelicans, 2 Caspian Terns,
American Goldfinch in flocks of 12 to 30 individuals visable most of the
morning, 6 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, 2 Chimney Swifts, and a personal
favorite of mine, one Nighthawk.  Other non raptor sighting will be listed
on ebird.  Very few Monarchs today and no dragonflies from the tower...the
wind was just too strong.

Predictions:
Sunday morning looks to be a good one.  Partly sunny turning to full sun
before noon.  Winds start with a northerly component but will shift
throughout the day.  Temps about the same as today, but the sun will make
it feel warmer!  Get there early!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Cindy Isenhoff (akahawklady1 AT aol.com)
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Subject: Presqu'ile Pr.Pk.: Hudsonian Godwit, Red Knot and warblers
From: Bruce Di Labio <bruce.dilabio AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:44:46 -0400
Hi Everyone 
A group of us spent part of the day birding the park. Despite the rain the 
birding was excellent. Shorebird watching was very good with a total of 13 
species including 1 Hudsonian Godwit, 2 Red Knot, 1 American Golden Plover, 78 
Sanderling, 6 Baird's Sandpiper, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, and 1 American 
Golden-Plover. These birds were located between Beach #1 and Owen Point. The 
highlight of the outing was an amazing movement of land birds, mainly warblers 
at Calf Pasture. Over 500+ warblers were observed, 18 species, as they passed 
through the area moving north. It was reminiscent of a spring Pelee reverse 
migration. It was an incredible sight as the birds quickly moved south to north 
through the vegetation. High counts included Black and White Warbler 20+, 
Bay-breasted Warbler 20+, Black-throated Green Warbler 50+, Nashville Warbler 
50+, Northern Parula 50+, American Redstart 20+, and 130 unidentified warbler. 
We also recorded Red-eyed Vireo 70+, Warbling Vireo 6, Philadelphia Vireo 2, 
and Blue-headed Vireo 3. With all of the activity we also a number of birds of 
prey including 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Merlin, 1 American Kestrel and 1 
Red-tailed Hawk. 


Good birding, Bruce

Directions: Courtesy of Fred Helleiner: 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. Access to the 
offshore islands is restricted until after September 10 to prevent disturbance 
to the 

colonial nesting birds there. 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. 


Bruce Di Labio
400 Donald B. Munro Drive
P.O. Box 538
Carp, Ontario, K0A 1L0 
cell 613-715-2571
 
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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (13 Sep 2014) 131 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 13 Sep 2014 19:09:08 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       6             27             27
Bald Eagle                   2             18             18
Northern Harrier            17             68             78
Sharp-shinned Hawk          73            541            551
Cooper's Hawk                0             17             18
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            3            381            412
Red-tailed Hawk              2             10             10
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            25            219            252
Merlin                       2             10             11
Peregrine Falcon             1              9              9
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              1              1

Total:                     131           1301           1387
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Lyon

Observers:        Bob Johnstone, Dave Brown, Derek Lyon, Gord Kozak,
                  Ian Platt, Jim Dunn, Joan Taylor, Kathy, Keith Sealy,
                  Mary Carnahan, Rose Braxton

Visitors:
Lots of visitors today to check out the open house at the hawkwatch despite
the rotten weather. One couple from further away who stopped in near the
end of the day were Patrick and Christine McGinn (Kingston). Thanks to
everyone who helped with today's count despite the rain.  :)


Weather:
Rotten wet weather to start the morning even though winds were good NW. The
sky began to break out but far too late in the afternoon and eventually the
winds backed to more WNW and finally straight from the W. Temp was cool
starting out at 10C and getting to a high of 12C. The humidity finally
started to drop just after midday but too late to make a difference.

Raptor Observations:
Actually the flight was better than we thought it would be with a total of
131 raptors counted.  One of the first birds for the day was a Peregrine
which along with a Sharpie were the only two birds in the first hour.
Counts included Osprey (6) a couple which came through right at the end of
the day, Bald Eagles (2) deemed to be migrating, N. Harriers (17) with one
adult looking male right out over the lake, the bulk of the flight Sharpies
(72), Redtails (2), Broadwings (3) struggling into the wind at treetop
level, Kestrels (25) and couple of Merlin.  The totals per hour were low
double digits. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Viewed from the knoll today included 1 Common Loon, a flock of Mallards,
multiple flocks of American Goldfinches, Crows, Chimney Swifts,
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Ring-billed Gulls, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, an
Eastern Phoebe which was the only flycatcher species reported today, a
Chestnut-sided Warbler, a couple of Cape May Warblers and many Swallows
including Tree, Barn and Cliff.  Other Warbler species noted along the
roadside were Magnolia, Blackburnian, American Redstart, Tennessee and
Nashville.  As well, observers beating the bushes found Black-capped
Chickadees, a White-breasted Nuthatch, a couple of Red-bellied and a Downy
Woodpecker, several Red-eyed Vireos, Gray Catbirds, a Brown Thrasher,
Robins, Cardinals and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak.  One observer looking for
unusual gulls spied a Cormorant.



Many thanks to Jenn and Derek for counting those intrepid Monarch
Butterflies that kept flying westward this morning despite gusty winds,
rain and generally inclement migration conditions.  By 11:00 AM they
counted 23 Monarchs crossing the field. As the sun began to emerge about
mid-day, many Monarchs were seen rising from the tobacco field and heading
westward across the road and at the end of the day we'd hit at least 130.  
 Ann Vance and Neva Carmichael provided a few specimens for today's Monarch
presentation including a demonstration of how to tag a Monarch.  Hanging
out in the cornfield were several Clouded Sulphurs, an Orange Sulphur and
singles of Silver-spotted Skipper and Summer Azure.  All were flying pretty
low, evidently just trying to stay out of the wind.

Predictions:
Sunday is forecast to be better weatherwise...but with light winds there's
no way to predict the flight.  If we're lucky we'll get any birds that were
pushed down to the lake with the moderate to strong winds from today. 
========================================================================
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: OFO trip - Colonel Samuel Smith Park and Western Lake Ontario
From: Garth Riley via ONTBIRDS <birdalert AT ontbirds.ca>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:19:22 +0000 (UTC)
Hello Ontbirders,

Fourteen of us, properly attired, enjoyed the beautiful birding weather today 
starting at 8 AM at Colonel Samuel Smith Park in Etobicoke in the rain and 
ending at 3:30 PM at Jack Darling Park in Mississauga, in the rain. 


The group tallied a total of 65 species with the highlight being 6 species of 
heron at CSSP. The Least Bittern and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron were life birds 
for many in the group. 


We tallied 15 species of warbler and 4 species of vireo. Shorebirds were scarce 
and the ever changing winds didn't bring us any jaegers but did bring us 6 
species of raptors later in the day. 


A wonderful group with keen eyes and warm personalities. 

Good birding,
 
Garth Riley
Etobicoke, Ontario
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Subject: Least Bittern continues at Colonel Sam
From: Mark K <scarbropengyou AT yahoo.ca>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:58:56 -0700
The Least Bittern offered super views today. Closer to the parking lot, there 
was a flock of warblers and vireos that included Red-eyed Vireo, Warbling 
Vireo, Cape May, Wilson's, Palm and Nashville Warblers. 


Directions: Colonel Sam Park is at the base of Kipling Avenue in Etobicoke. 
Drive to the southernmost parking lot. Walk towards the car turnaround area and 
proceed down the main path (where the yellow gate is). Close to the marina, a 
smaller branch of the path veers right. About 100 feet in there is a pond on 
your right. A little further on, there is what looks like a second pond but is 
actually an inlet, with a white buoy offshore. This inlet is where the bittern 
was. 


Mark Kubisz,
Scarborough, ON
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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (12 Sep 2014) 528 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Sep 2014 23:09:44 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             21             21
Bald Eagle                  15             16             16
Northern Harrier             4             51             61
Sharp-shinned Hawk         139            468            478
Cooper's Hawk                6             17             18
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          334            378            409
Red-tailed Hawk              7              8              8
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            13            194            227
Merlin                       2              8              9
Peregrine Falcon             5              8              8
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              1              1              1

Total:                     528           1170           1256
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jim Dunn, Keith Sealy

Observers:        Bob Johnstone, Chris Burris, Ernie Gribble, Ian Cannell,
                  Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan, Mike Street, Norm Murr,
                  Ronnie Goodhand

Visitors:
Lots of visitors today though only a few names were noted...a big thanks to
everyone who helped with the spotting, id'ing and counting for
today...Mary, Jim, Keith, Ernie, Ronnie, Chris B, Bob J, Mike Street, Ian
Cannell, Norm Murr and Carey S.


Weather:
Not a bad day for migration with NE to ENE to NNE winds...light to start
then increasing to moderate before dropping back a bit in the afternoon.
Some cloud around for the morning and then increasing cloud into the
afternoon.  Temp started out much cooler at 8C and never got higher than
14C.  What really helped today was the humidity which dropped quickly and
remained 70s to 60s for the rest of the count period.

Raptor Observations:
A pretty good flight today with a total of 528 raptors tallied. No surprise
that the bulk of today's flight was Broadwings (334) with small numbers
passing through each hour.  This will be the vanguard for the big push by
this species over the next week or two. Only a couple of Ospreys were seen
today but we finally had a number of Bald Eagles (15) counted as migrants
as they passed high above the hawkwatch headed westbound (till now most BEs
seen were local family groups working back and forth along the lake
shore).



Sharpies continued to push through with another 137 today, some Kestrels
(15), a couple of Merlins, just a few N. Harriers (4), Cooper's Hawks (6)
and Redtails (7).



There were 3 HIGHLIGHTS today:

1)  ADULT SWAINSON'S HAWK - Spotted by Mary C. and Mike S. and observed by
everyone at the watch (of course it couldn't have waited one more day till
I could get down to the hawkwatch!!)



2) DARK MORPH BROAD-WINGED HAWK - Spotted by Mike S. and observed by
everyone on the knoll.



3) PEREGRINES - A total of 5 Peregrines were noted today...not bad for this
point in September.  These birds will put on their main push as we cross
into the 1st week of October.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many thanks to regulars Ernie Gribble, Keith Sealy, Chris Burris, Ronnie
Goodhand and Bob Johnstone and visitors, Norm Murr, Ian Cannell, Mike
Street and Paul Nicholson for today's non-raptor list, which is extensive. 
We had a some highlights including 18 warbler species. 2 new species for
this season were Palm and Parula; as well, observers reported Wilson's,
Black & White, Magnolia, Nashville, Tennessee, Black-throated Green,
Black-Throated Blue, Chestnut-sided, Common Yellowthroat, Orange-crowned,
Blackburnian, Canada, American Redstart, Pine and Blackpoll.  In addition,
2 Common Nighthawks were seen today; one was seen flying across the field
and the other was found perched in a tree just north of Sharpie Alley, and
provided great views and photo ops for a good part of the day. 



Other highlights today included Eastern Bluebirds flying across the field,
lots of Tree Swallows plus a few Barn Swallows, Chimney Swifts and
Rough-winged Swallows flying overhead, a Brown Thrasher, and 3 Vireo
species (Red-eyed, Warbling and Philadelphia).  A few Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds were seen in jewelweed patches, but there wasn't much of a
flight across the field.  



Few Monarch Butterflies were seen today, although a few were found in the
cornfield just west of the parking area along with some Clouded Sulphurs, 2
Orange Sulphurs and a few Cabbage Whites.  Black Saddlebags and Green
Darners were seen patrolling mainly in the cornfield and 2 Lance-tipped
Darners were found cruising one of the ponds.

Predictions:
Tomorrow may be similar to today....BUT it will depend very much on how
fast the predicted rain moves through overnight. IF we can get into fairly
clear drier air by mid-morning then we have a chance at a decent flight.
The winds are supposed to be moderate out of the N to NNW which is a
definite plus. 
========================================================================
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Subject: Sep 12 totals from Hawk Hill, Toronto
From: Tim McCarthy <timmccarthy_5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:08:44 -0400
from: Tim Mccarthy via Ontbirds
Hawk Hill shifted from slow waltz to tango today (full rock and roll is coming 
up) 

Winds NNE around 11-13km changing to SSE and finally South 
Temp from 12 to 14 degr. Cels.
Cloudcover from 100 down to 75
Pressure going up then down
Humidity from 63 in the morning to 50 in aft.
What this tells us could we read it all in advance is that today was going to 
be a good but not outstanding day for Raptor migration. And so it was. 

Action indicated? Go back to work and say that Grandma didn't pass away after 
all , but she's not doing all that good. Prognosis? She's going to go next 
Tuesday. (NW winds - I'll see you on the Hill ) 

Totals for Sept 12 from Hawk Hill were not bad today:
 
Turkey Vulture      6
Osprey                    2
Bald Eagle              7
Northern Harrier   1
Sharpshin              58
Coopers                  3
Broadwings           24
Red tails                 22
Am Kestrel              8
Merlin                      2
Peregrine falc         1
Unid                         2
Old Human Watchers         4
New Human Watchers        2
 
Ther are a couple of numbers from the list above that please me. Of course its 
wonderful to see the broadwings get started. Note that conditions are slightly 
less than ideal, everybody (I mean the birds) was really high. I think my head 
is going to fall off from looking for them. Bald Eagles seem to be on the 
increase over the past few years and what we see so far supports that. Not so 
often anymore that you get to see good news from Ma Nature. And finally its the 
people. Do we ever need more interested people. Hopefully stuff like this will 
help to do the trick and the new folks who came today said they had heard about 
the Watch and were very curious. They stayed and learned and had a terrific 
time. And most importantly they will be back again. There's still lots of room 
on Hawk Hill. If the weather report for Tuesday stays the same as it is now we 
are going to be in for a super day. 

 
Hawk Hill is right next to the Grenadier Restaurant (to the North) in Toronto's 
High Park. Drive and park right next to the hill after taking a slight but well 
marked detour or take the subway, get off at the High Park station, cross Bloor 
St. and walk South until you find the Grenadier Restaurant. 

 
Good Birding
Tim Mccarthy
 on behalf of theToronto Ornithological Club
 
 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 6-12th September 2014
From: "Mark D. Read" <markdread AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:25:15 -0400
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Note: some sightings
may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.

 

Highlights:

This week has seen a couple of good warbler days, as well as signs of raptor
migration. Our first true winter visitors have also begun to arrive,
including WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, DARK-EYED JUNCO and, a little out of the
area, SNOW GOOSE. Other highlights of the week include; NORTHERN GOSHAWK,
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER , LITTLE GULL, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, LOGGERHEAD
SHRIKE, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, HOODED WARBLER, and NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD.

 

City of Kingston

Marshlands Conservation Area again produced a GREY-CHEEKED THRUSH during the
week, seen on 8th, though no other Catharus species have yet been noted
passing through the city. At Lemoine Point today (12th) 4 NORTHERN PARULA
were observed but warbler activity was otherwise rather slow with just 2
MAGNOLIA WARBLERS and 1 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER. Two PHILADELPHIA VIREOS
added however.

 

Amherstview Sewage Lagoons

A LITTLE GULL was again present at the lagoons this week (7th) though has
not been seen since. BONAPARTE'S GULLS continue, though just 2 LESSER
YELLOWLEGS (12th), and a handful of SEMIPALMATED and LEAST SANDPIPERS (7th)
were seen this week. BLUE-WINGED TEAL seem to outnumber GREEN-WINGED TEAL
and NORTHERN SHOVELER continue, along with HOODED MERGANSER. Please note you
must be a member of Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or obtain permission
from the municipality in order to gain access to the lagoons.

 

Wolfe Island

No BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS this week, though AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were
still present on both 4th Line and 9th Line last weekend (8th), as were a
couple of SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS. At Big Sandy Bay Management Area on 7th, 3
WILSON'S WARBLERS and 3 PHILDELPHIA VIREOS were seen as well as a couple of
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES (never so easy in the Autumn).

 

Amherst Island

The Martin Edwards Reserve has been rather disappointing this week with
shorebirds being virtually absent; 6 AMERICAN PIPITS seen on the 7th were
the first of the season. Elsewhere on the island, a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was
seen on 10th though things are generally still rather slow. 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.

 

Prince Edward Point

Highlights of the week at the Point include at least 1 OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHER seen on 7th. Also seen that day were the season's first DARK-EYED
JUNCO and WHIITE-WINGED SCOTERS. An impressive 11 NORTHERN PARULA were also
seen in the NWA early in the morning with the observer logging 19 species of
warbler in total. A minimum of 5 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS were also
observed. A male HOODED WARBLER was banded on 8th, just the 3rd autumn
season banding record since 1999. During the southerly 'storm' on the 11th,
a total of 6 LITTLE GULLS and 5 BLACK TERNS were seen in the vicinity of the
banding station/lighthouse. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported today (12th)
swooping low over observers at the station. Further along the south shore,
and somewhat out of the Kingston region, 3 SANDERLING, a RUDDY TURNSTONE and
single RED KNOT were seen at Charwell Point today. A reasonable hawk passage
was also noted at Point Petre with 19 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 2 COOPER'S HAWKS,
4 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 6 TURKEY VULTURES, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 1 surprise
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 2 OSPREYS and 1 AMERICAN KESTREL - all noted within
less than an hour. The 'highlight' however was a sign of winter - a single
SNOW GOOSE migrating south with 8 Canada Geese out over the lake.

 

Other Sightings

SWAINSON'S THRUSH (8th), PEREGRINE FALCON (9th) and YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER (8th) were all seen on Washburn Road this week, as well as a
couple of AMERICAN WIGEON on 11th. On Napanee Limestone Plain IBA, 2
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES were seen on 11th.

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

 

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

 

Mark.

 

Mark D. Read

47 Ellerbeck Street, Unit 1,

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 4H5

Canada

 

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Email: markdread AT gmail.com

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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (12 Sep 2014) 343 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Sep 2014 20:09:28 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture              10             98             98
Osprey                       3             11             11
Bald Eagle                   4             35             35
Northern Harrier             4             47             47
Sharp-shinned Hawk          77            383            383
Cooper's Hawk                8             34             34
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          198            232            232
Red-tailed Hawk             18             55             55
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            20            108            108
Merlin                       0             18             18
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0             11             11
Unknown Buteo                0             15             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               1              8              8

Total:                     343           1059           1059
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Andy Parsons, Bob Pettit, Jim McCoy, Urban Lundburg

Visitors:
An educational group of 15 people stayed on the grounds for the day,
enjoying a talk about raptor identification on the tower, and a tour of the
passerine and hawk-banding stations. Various other birders, photographers,
and families joined us at the top of the tower and were lucky to see some
Broad-wings above the lake and a few American Kestrels right over the
tower.


Weather:
The morning started out chilly around 12C but warmed up nicely with a bit
of sun to 18C with winds from the NNE. The clouds were quite low at some
points so we had a few cases of disappearing hawks.

Raptor Observations:
The Broad-wings have begun! We had our first kettles today, totalling 198.
77 Sharp-shinned Hawks made up most of the rest of our numbers. At the end
of the day we'd had 343 raptors of 9 species. The morning started off a bit
slowly, but things picked up for the 4 middle hours of counting and dropped
off again in the last two. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Warblers also finally arrived today, the bushes around the tower were full
of little wings and chip notes. Some species seen were Black-and-white,
American Redstart, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue,
Black-throated Green, and Wilson's Warblers. There was a fairly constant
stream of passerines over the tower for the first few hours of the watch.
Cormorant numbers have been dropping in the marsh while some migrating
ducks have arrived. 2 Monarchs. See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S19812069

Predictions:
A cool day reaching a high of 16C with a chance of showers in the morning.
NW winds should bring in some good raptors numbers, just in time for
HawkFest!

See our website for this weekend's schedule of events
http://hbmo.ca/blog/festival-of-hawks-2014-full-schedule-of-events/
========================================================================
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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, September 12th, 2014
From: "Cheryl Edgecombe" <cheryle29 AT cogeco.ca>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:55:54 -0400
WILLET
LITTLE GULL
SABINE'S GULL
PARASITIC JAEGER
LONG-TAILED JAEGER
SNOWY OWL


American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Great Egret
Green Heron
Osprey
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Merlin
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Red-necked Phalarope
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Barn Swallow
Philadelphia Vireo
Purple Finch
 

Well this week is what birders in the Hammer and surrounding area live for,
great days at the beach.  Last Sunday and Monday were banner days for some
of the specialties we find here at this time of year.  On Sunday, the
SABINE'S GULLS started to arrive in numbers with several groups of 1 and
2's, a group of 9 birds were seen early morning with a feeding frenzy out on
the water and a group of 6 flew off the lake around 3:30 p.m.. On Monday,
Armageddon, there were 81 sightings of SABINE'S GULLS.  Some of these were
obviously same birds floating around but at around the noon hour a group of
22 birds got up and flew off the lake.  Smaller groups would come in and go
overland over the day with the last group seen of 8 flying off the lake late
in the day.  It is difficult to say for sure how many there were but over 60
may not be too far off.  On Tuesday a few strangling birders were lucky
enough to view an adult SABINE'S GULL which landed not too far off shore and
stayed for a while on the water giving good scope looks.  And then there are
the Jaegers.  Throughout the day on Monday over thirty sightings of Jaegers
occurred.  Again, some of them could be the same birds making rounds along
the lake but at one point a group of 5 Jaegers with 4 LONG-TAILED JAEGERS
(one adult with foot long streamers) and 1 PARASITIC JAEGER were kettling
over the lake and eventually went inland.  A group of three PARASITIC
JAEGERS were seen later in the day together.  To add to the excitement out
in a feeding frenzy on Sunday, three adult LITTLE GULLS were a good record
for this time of year. 

To round out the rarities, the WILLET found the week before stuck around for
the weekend in the northeast corner of Tollgate Pond.  Down the road, a
second SNOWY OWL has been staying around the RV centre on Eastport Drive and
has been seen wandering as far as the Skyway Bridge. This owl has been
photographed and is different from the bird photographed mid-August at the
same location.  

Other birds seen back at the beach include American Wigeon, Northern
Pintail, Green-winged Teal, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck,
Red-throated and Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Black-bellied Plover,
Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper and Red-necked Phalarope. A surprising
number of Common Terns moved out last Sunday and Monday and Caspian Terns
are still in good supply at Windermere basin with 48 being seen today at
Windermere Basin and along the lake.

Shorebirds are still very much in the news with the latest and greatest
being a Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the beach at Bronte this afternoon.
Killer looks at this birds beats the brief looks at Windermere Basin in the
vegetation and beats killing yourself at sod farms trying to make something
out of the specs in your scope, a nice treat for sure.  At Tollgate Pond,
American Golden Plover (juvenile seen today), Black-bellied and Semipalmated
Plover, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Ruddy
Turnstone, Sanderling, Semipalmated, Least, Pectoral and Bairds Sandpiper
are yours for the taking if you have the patience to sift through the gulls
and along the shoreline.  Patience and a scope are a must. Windermere Basin
has been quieter than usual.  A couple of Short-billed Dowitchers are a
difference between here and Tollgate Pond.  On North Island off Eastport
action has been restricted to Semipalmated Plover, Least and Semipalmated
Sandpipers.  At Red Hill Ponds, action is mostly the same with a few more
Short-billed Dowitchers.  An American Golden Plover was seen in a field near
the Home Depot at Wyecroft in Oakville.

The southbound hawk migration has started in earnest.  At Woodland Cemetery
last weekend, Osprey, Sharp-shinned, Broad-winged and Red-tailed Hawk,
American Kestrel and Merlin were birds noted.  A similar migration occurred
yesterday along the Burlington Shoreline.  Chimney Swifts and Barn Swallows
were also movers on the northwest winds.

Reports of passerines have been few this week, I expect with the passing
front, these too will pick up.

In the odds and sods, Blue-winged Teal were seen at Windermere Basin and the
small pond off Wyecroft in Oakville.  Great Egrets have been seen at the Red
Hill Pond and Windermere Basin.  A Green Heron was a nice surprise at
Windermere Basin mid-week.  Common Nighthawk reports are lessening but birds
were seen over Woodland Cemetery and over the RBG in the week. Philadelphia
Vireo and Purple Finch were new migrants seen at Woodland Cemetery last
Sunday. 

The front tomorrow will bring a whole new set of birds.  Get out on Sunday
and see what the weather has brought.  Keep your eye to the sky the next
couple of nights as the Northern Lights are also expected to be seen in the
south.

Good birding,
Cheryl Edgecombe
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Subject: sighting reports for raptors on Hawk Hill, Sept. 11, 2014
From: Tim McCarthy <timmccarthy_5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:03:09 -0400
When I sat down on Hawk Hill this morning a single Broadwinged Hawk flew low 
right over my head. The weather was right for broadwings, with Northwest winds 
and rising barometric pressure, although it was a few days early in the 
Broadwing seasonand there was a bit too much cloud cover. As a result, by the 
time the afternoon rolled around, there was a dozen of Toronto's finest birders 
(most but by no means all from the Toronto Ornithological Club) along with a 
bunch of extremely welcome newcomers anxiously awaiting the arrival of the 
hawks. Trouble is, the Broadies weren't buying it. A few other species came 
through so Ok I'll read you the day's take if you like just so I can stay on 
this reportsite because I think its the best one. 

1  Osprey
2  Bald Eagles
3  Northern Harriers
46 Sharpshins
3  Coopers
5  Redtails
2 American Kestrels
2  Unidentified 
and
1 Broadwinged Hawk
 
If you didn't know, you may have guessed. The weather report pretty much 
dictates what you will find at Hawk Hill. The fact that so many of Toronto's 
best birders called in sick, skipped school, cancelled their golf game, put the 
chicken back in the freezer - whatever, just tells you that something worth 
seeing was supposed to happen. And they all showed up today between 11 am and 3 
pm. 

What they came for in case you don't know, is the annual migration of the 
Broadwinged Hawks. They are the only species which fly south together in flocks 
of hundreds, sometimes thousands. 

The annual event is predictable, and truly one of nature's most incredible 
spectacles. Ok, that river in Africa where the crocodiles eat all the 
Wildebeest is pretty cool but it can leave you with some pretty horrific 
memories not including the bills. And watching the caribou trying to find a way 
around the pipelines is a great sport for now but its heavy going. 

But this is happening right in your own back yard. Free parking, cheap 
breakfast and, need I add, great company. Bring your binoculars plus a lawn 
chair and join us any day from now until the 3rd week in September to see the 
Broadwings particularly when the skies are partly cloudy, the wind is from the 
Northwest especially, but North and/or West is not bad. East and South winds 
rarely bring many birds. Hopefully my next report will have less chatter and 
more sightings as I hope I will be too busy recording to think. 

The other species on the list above will increase in numbers as the migration 
season wears on and there will be some new additions but they don't make the 
spectacle that Broadwings do. I will endeavour to report sightings from good 
days right through November but it would be much better if you were there. 

 
Hawk Hill is a famous hawkwatching spot in the fall. It is located adjacent to 
the North side of the parking lot of the Grenadier Restaurant in High Park. If 
you drive, be advised that the North entrance to High Park, off Bloor Street is 
temporarily closed. You have to go around to Parkside Drive and in the East 
entrance. The subway drops you off at High Park station. Walk due South from 
there, through the park until you get to the Grenadier Restaurant. 

Good Luck Birding
Tim Mccarthy
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Subject: Albino American Goldfinch - Ajax
From: Glenda Jones <glendaj AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:59:56 -0400
While playing golf at Annandale Golf Club today, a fellow golfer pointed out
a white bird to me.  I got close enough to take a few pictures and
discovered it was an albino American Goldfinch.  It was totally while with
very pink bill and legs.  Eventually flew off with another goldfinch.  They
were feeding along the waters edge.  Annandale is at the corner of Church
St. S. and Bayly St. W. in south Ajax. Made my day (good thing, cause the
golf wasn't going so well).
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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (12 Sep 2014) 117 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 12 Sep 2014 17:09:56 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              30            182            182
Osprey                       0             19             19
Bald Eagle                   4             51             51
Northern Harrier             1             41             41
Sharp-shinned Hawk          13            395            395
Cooper's Hawk                0             29             29
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk           55            462            462
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              8             83             83
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5             56             56
Merlin                       0              8              8
Peregrine Falcon             1              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              5              5
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                     117           1340           1340
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Fred Kirn, John Elliott, Patrick Mulawa

Visitors:
15+


Weather:
Conditions were similar to yesterday: mostly cloudy to overcast skies,
light to moderate wind and cooler temps. The wind was out of the north to
start, shifting more easterly as the day progressed.  

Raptor Observations:
Not much was interested in moving today. There were a couple small groups
of Broad-winged Hawks observed but other than that there was little
activity noted.

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of activity in the trees around the count site today. In addition to
Swainson's Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo and Warbling Vireo, 14 species of
warblers were seen. Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Pine, Palm,
Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Chestnut-sided, Nashville, Magnolia, Wilson's,
Canada, Black-and-white, American Redstart and Northern Parula were all
present and accounted for. Also, another large group of American White
Pelicans (30+) was spotted, as well as a few Common Loons (3). Overhead,
Red-winged Blackbird (20+), American Goldfinch (30+) and Chimney Swift
(35+) were moving in small numbers. Canada Geese (250+) flew past
throughout.

Predictions:
Some overnight rain might bleed into the early morning hours. Once the rain
clears, we'll hopefully get some clearing later in the day. The wind is
anticipated to be moderate and out of the northwest. 
========================================================================
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
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Subject: Iroquois Shoreline Sept. 9 & Sept. 12th
From: Mike Williamson <mdw49 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:35:08 -0400
ISRW

North Whitby ON Canada

Sept. 9th

Turkey Vulture = 6

Osprey = 1

Broad-Winged = 12

Red-Tailed = 2

Total = 21

Observer: Henry Kroes

Sept. 12th

Turkey Vulture = 22

Osprey = 7

Bald Eagle = 8

N/Harrier = 1

S/Shinned = 26

Coopers = 3

Broad-Winged = 869

Red-Tailed = 12

A/Kestrel = 4

Merlin = 1

Total = 953

Hours = 5.5

Observers: Mike Williamso & Henry Kroes

1 Juv BE  AT  10:25 EST ! Adult BE  AT  11:25 EST 2 Juv BE  AT  12:20 EST 2 Juv BE  AT 
12:35 EST 1 Adult BE  AT  12:55 EST ! Adult BE  AT  1:51 EST

Directions: From the 401 E or W take Brock St North past Taunton Rd to
Spencers Rd & turn left at Ashburn Rd turn left & park by the gate & folloe
the trail in till you see the platform.

Report submitted by Mike Williamson

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Subject: Presqu'ile today
From: dave milsom <milsomdave AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:39:18 -0400
Not many shorebirds today but one interesting flock on Owen Point included a 
Western, a White-rumped and 2 Pectoral sandpipers, & a Dunlin. On Gull Island 
were 8 Black-bellied Plovers. 

 
Directions : 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 of unknown depth (not 
allowing for waves) in which there
is often a swift current and a substrate that is somewhat uneven and
slippery. 
 
Dave Milsom
 
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Subject: Cranberry Marsh, 11-Sep-2014
From: "Geoff Carpentier" <geoff.carpentier AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:12:30 -0400
Yesterday at Cranberry the hawks were flying, albeit in lower numbers than I 
expected considering the barometric pressure and wind direction. Perhaps the 
wind speed and gusty conditions impacted the flight?? Thx to all who kept me 
company and who helped count the birds. 107 hawks and allies recorded ...

57 species of birds in total were seen including:

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)  2
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  30
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  6
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  11
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  48
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  7
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  42
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)  2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  4
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)  1
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)  1
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)  1
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)  1
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)  3
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1     juvenile
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  2
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)  3
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  6
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  2
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  3

77 Monarch Butterflies were noted as well.

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19806983

Directions: From Victoria St. in Whitby go south on Halls Rd to the second 
short walkway going east to the Cranberry Marsh Lookout.

OFO Hawkwatching Guide (ID tips, migration times, hawk basics)
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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (11 Sep 2014) 74 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 11 Sep 2014 23:09:32 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 11, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             19             19
Bald Eagle                   0              1              1
Northern Harrier             1             47             57
Sharp-shinned Hawk          55            329            339
Cooper's Hawk                0             11             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0             44             75
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            15            181            214
Merlin                       2              6              7
Peregrine Falcon             1              3              3
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

Total:                      74            642            728
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jim Dunn

Observers:        Bob Johnstone, Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan, Matt Oswald

Visitors:
Thanks to those who braved today's weather to do the count...Mary, Jim,
Matt, Keith and Bob J. along with visitors today were Carey S.,  Dave S.,
Bob H., Craig B. along with 4 individuals from Chatham, a couple of
photographers from Bowmanville and several others whose names we didn't
get.


Weather:
When counters arrived this morning at the site they discovered that a large
tree on the south side of the ravine had been blown down in last night's
gale and completely blocked the road. It was eventually cleared and the
road was passable.



Unfortunately, the day was much more unsettled than was forecast. Winds
were strong from the WNW and NW as predicted...but the humidity never did
clear out for the entire day which obviously grounded the buteos. Temp was
much cooler with the passage of the cold front getting to a high of just
14C.  Cloud cover was solid  with intermittent drizzle; overcast; hazy; and
migrants were sporadic.

Raptor Observations:
Despite the damp day there were a few birds on the move...with a total of
74 for the day. Most of the flight was Sharpies (55) along with a single N.
Harrier, Kestrels (15), a couple of Merlins and a lone adult Peregrine that
cruised up over the field in front of the counters and then sped off
directly over the knoll and to the west.

Non-raptor Observations:
Observers reported few non-raptor sightings on this gusty, chilly, overcast
and downright wet day at Hawk Cliff.  The Red-bellied Woodpecker seems to
have moved from the opposite side of the road to a tree almost directly
above the observation knoll and spent the better part of the day yakking at
the observers below, perhaps trying to participate in their conversations. 
An Eastern Wood-peewee seen across from the knoll while Tennessee and
Bay-breasted Warblers plus Red-eyed Vireo were spotted in shrubs right
beside the knoll.  A walk up the road yielded many good views of
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.  Barn & Tree Swallows were seen throughout the
day hawking bugs above the fields up and down the road.  Other sightings
were Northern Cardinal, Black-capped Chickadee, Gray Catbird, American
Goldfinch, European Starling and Ring-billed Gull.  



Very few Monarch Butterflies were seen today and no count was taken.  A
couple of Black Saddlebags and Common Green Darners were spotted from the
knoll, not apparently going anywhere, just struggling in today's gusty
wind.

Predictions:
Winds are predicted to be light to moderate from the NE...but what's more
important is whether or not the humidity drops fairly quickly first thing.
Also, they're calling for a mix of sun and cloud which will help with
spotting the birds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (11 Sep 2014) 137 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 11 Sep 2014 22:09:42 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 11, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               3             88             88
Osprey                       1              8              8
Bald Eagle                   2             31             31
Northern Harrier             4             43             43
Sharp-shinned Hawk          98            306            306
Cooper's Hawk                1             26             26
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           12             34             34
Red-tailed Hawk              0             37             37
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8             88             88
Merlin                       0             18             18
Peregrine Falcon             1              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            2             11             11
Unknown Buteo                3             15             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               2              7              7

Total:                     137            716            716
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Bob Hall-Brooks, Bob Pettit, Claude Radley, Jim McCoy,
                  Sylvia Telasco, Wayne Telasco

Visitors:
We had 12 visitors today, one of whom stayed for a few hours and is looking
forward to spending many more days on the tower for the rest of the season.


Weather:
A chilly day up on the tower with winds up to 22km/h mainly from the WNW.
Good visibility despite the clouds, ranging from 15-20km.

Raptor Observations:
The morning's entertainment was provided by 2 Peregrines who were harassing
everything in sight, including each other, an Osprey, a mallard, and one of
the snowy egrets. 12 Broad-winged Hawks preceded the bigger numbers we're
hoping to see in the next week or two while Sharp-shinned Hawks made up
around 70% of today's raptors. Nine species migrated today, totalling 137
birds.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not 3, but 4 Snowy Egrets together in the pond south of the tower was the
highlight today! Many of the passerines were laying low during the high
winds of the morning so not a whole lot of movement was seen. 10 R-Throated
Hummingbirds, 3 Chimney Swifts, 36 Cedar Waxwings and 127 American
Goldfinches were seen. 4 Monarchs 

See eBird report of the day
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S19805258

Predictions:
A cool day with winds from the NE at 15km/h.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT mail.uoguelph.ca)
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Subject: OFO Convention - Details of new Kingston "on the way home" trip
From: Lynne Freeman <lynnef.to AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:19:23 -0400
Hi everyone,

I do not want to fill up ONTBirds with convention info but I have had a few
questions about this so I'll post it here for everyone's convenience.

These are the details of the new "on the way home" trip we have aded in
Kingston on Sunday, Sept. 28. This is also on the website at www.ofo.ca

2:30 - 5:00

Kingston Area with Mark Read. Meet at the Tim Horton's on Bath and
Gardiners. Take junction 611 south off the 401 onto HWY 38 (Gardiners
Road). Take Gardiners south for a total of 5.4km crossing Princess Street
at 3km and Taylor Kidd at 3.9km; at the end of Gardiners you'll reach Bath
Road where you'll go straight across again and turn left into Gardiners
Town Centre shopping mall where Tim's is located on the north side.
Kingston area marshes and Conservation areas that are active at that time.

Lynne

-- 
Lynne Freeman
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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (11 Sep 2014) 411 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 11 Sep 2014 19:09:47 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 11, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              44            152            152
Osprey                       3             19             19
Bald Eagle                   3             47             47
Northern Harrier             0             40             40
Sharp-shinned Hawk          53            382            382
Cooper's Hawk                5             29             29
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk          292            407            407
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              6             75             75
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             51             51
Merlin                       0              8              8
Peregrine Falcon             1              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            1              5              5
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              4              4

Total:                     411           1223           1223
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Frank Kitakis, Raburn Howland

Visitors:
Six including Carol Goodman, Joan Tisdale, Jim Lynch and Martin Berthiaume.


Weather:
We were greeted by a gray blanket of cloud upon arrival. Not too long
after, those same clouds began to spit some misty drizzle at us. The
drizzle didn't last long but the clouds stuck around for the entirety,
periodically tantalizing us with a sucker hole or two before closing ranks
again. The moderate northwest wind and cooler air resulted in by far our
chilliest outing of the season to date. 

Raptor Observations:
The morning was underwhelming but a mild wave of Broad-winged Hawks came to
our rescue in the afternoon. Several small groups (25-50 individuals)
pushed past during a lively hour long stretch. Other species were mostly
quiet, however, uninterested in venturing skyward.

Non-raptor Observations:
American White Pelican (48), Common Loon (1), Canada Goose (60+), Wood Duck
(4), Black-throated Green Warbler (1), Yellow Warbler (2) 

Predictions:
Partly cloudy with highs in the mid 60s and light northeast wind. If we get
some clearing, it'll likely be a productive outing.
========================================================================
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: Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending September 11, 2014.
From: Fred Helleiner <fhelleiner AT trentu.ca>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:26:03 -0400
Plenty of rare or uncommon birds have appeared at Presqu'ile Provincial 
Park in the past week, and the influx of many birders has helped to find 
them.  Only the highlights can be mentioned here.

The arrival of many ducks signals the beginning of the fall waterfowl 
migration.  Among others, there have been 25 AMERICAN WIGEONS, a 
NORTHERN SHOVELER, 20 GREATER SCAUP, 10 LESSER SCAUP, 2 WHITE-WINGED 
SCOTERS, a BLACK SCOTER, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, a BUFFLEHEAD, 3 COMMON 
GOLDENEYES, and 2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.  As yet no HORNED or 
RED-NECKED GREBES have been reported.  LEAST BITTERNS were sighted on 
two different days.  Hawks of several species have been moving through, 
including one or two BALD EAGLES, a BROAD-WINGED HAWK, and a PEREGRINE 
FALCON.  Seen most regularly, however, have been MERLINS, both at the 
beach and elsewhere.  Three COMMON GALLINULES were in the marsh on 
September 6.

The big attraction of the past week has been the variety of shorebirds, 
and the ease with which they can be observed at close range.  Most 
observers have been able to find at least eight species, including 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS in several plumages and a few BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS.  
Less frequent sightings have included GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, at 
least two different WESTERN SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED and PECTORAL 
SANDPIPERS, DUNLIN, and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS.  Singles of SOLITARY 
SANDPIPER (nicely photographed), RED KNOT, STILT SANDPIPER, 
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE 
round out the tally.  A few CASPIAN TERNS are still hanging around, and 
a late COMMON TERN was seen on September 8.  Jaegers are seen only once 
or twice a year at Presqu'ile, and many of those notoriously difficult 
birds have to be written off as unidentified as to species, especially 
since the experience of most Ontario birders is limited to fewer than a 
dozen of those.  Hence the reported sighting of a very rare POMARINE 
JAEGER on September 7 by two lucky birders constitutes the highlight of 
the week.  This is also the time of year when PARASITIC JAEGERS might 
show up.

BARRED OWLS continue to be heard in Newcastle Woods by those who live 
nearby.  RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS have been seen at 83 Bayshore Road and 
at the calf pasture.  A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was at the lighthouse 
on September 7.  A late EASTERN KINGBIRD was found on September 6, and 
three TREE SWALLOWS on September 8.  Six MARSH WRENS on September 6 were 
more than are usually seen at this time of year.  An EASTERN BLUEBIRD 
was at the lighthouse on September 8.  An AMERICAN PIPIT on September 6 
was the first of the season.  A good variety of warblers has included 
MOURNING and CAPE MAY WARBLERS, NORTHERN PARULA, and CANADA WARBLER.  
The sparrow migration is still a few weeks from reaching a peak, but 
sightings this week of a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and DARK-EYED JUNCO may 
be fore-runners.

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 of unknown depth (not 
allowing for waves) in which there
is often a swift current and a substrate that is somewhat uneven and
slippery. 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: Reminder: OFO Convention Registration and Changes to Trip Program
From: Lynne Freeman <lynnef.to AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:35:31 -0400
Hello OFO Members and OntBirders,

The OFO Convention, September 26-28 in Ottawa is fast approaching!
Please remember
to register atwww.ofo.ca or by mailing in the registration form you
received with your April issue of Ontario Birds.

We have had to cancel the Friday South End (all day) trip but we have added
two exciting new trips, aSaturday morning Quebec Side half day trip and an
"on the way home" Kingston Area trip Sunday afternoon from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.

For more details on these trips see
http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/convention.programs

It's a jam packed program and a great chance to discover the richness of Ottawa
birding!

Hope to see you there.

Lynne

Lynne Freeman, Chair OFO Convention Committee


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Subject: White Ibis left Oshawa Second marsh at 1230
From: Tyler Hoar <thoar AT rogers.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:20:07 -0700

The white Ibis located this morning By David Pryor, was flushed by an immature 
Bald Eagle as well as most waterfowl, shorebirds, cormorants and gulls. It left 
its hiding spot (where it was out of site for the previous 2 hours) and flew 
towards the southwest than took a hard turn over the lake and flew eastward. It 
could possibly come back to the Oshawa Second marsh, in the mean time most 
wetlands along lake Ontario Shoreline in Durham Region should also be looked 
at. 


Other birds of note seen included Red Knot, Bairds Sandpiper, Black-bellied 
Plover, Merlin, and Great Egrets 



 Directions Exit from the 401 at the Harmony Rd. Exit(419) in Oshawa. Go south 
on 

Farewell St. Colonel Sam Drive. Turn East onto Colonel Sam Drive and follow
to the parking lot at the GM Headquarters. Park in the west parking lot
close to the marsh. The east (GM) platform is visible from the NW corner of
the lot. For a trail map of the Oshawa Second marsh area visit
http://secondmarsh.outdoorontario.ca/Recreation.html and check the link for a 
trail map of 

the area. 
Tyler Hoar
Oshawa 
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Subject: Fw: [PassengerPigeon] Passenger Pigeon to be discussed on Ontario radioSaturday morning
From: "Diane and Kayo Roy" <kayoroy AT niagara.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:14:07 -0400
For anyone interested in the Passenger Pigeon story the following may be of 
interest. 


Kayo



David Blockstein, co-lead of Project Passenger Pigeon will appear this Saturday 
morning September 13 at approximately 8:25 a.m. eastern time on the Outdoor 
Journal Radio Show, which airs live on Roger's Sportsnet 590 the FAN, in 
Toronto from 8-10 am. It is the largest audience outdoors talk radio show in 
Canada with 400,000 listeners across Southern Ontario. They also broadcast on 
1310 news, sports, talk radio in Ottawa, as well as a number of other Rogers 
affiliates. The program has been on the air for 30 years! 



The host of the ODJ radio show is Angelo Viola of Canada's number #1 audience 
rated TV fishing program...Fish'n Canada. 



Each week the show talks all things outdoors; fishing, hunting, canoe/kayak, 
camping, hike/bike, boating, golf, water sports, snow sports, kids in the 
outdoors, bugs, birding, environmental issues, cottage and home repairs, fine 
food and barbecues, adventure sports events...and all kinds of stories about 
nature and the outdoors. 



Please share this with your contacts in southern Ontario.



David





David E. Blockstein, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
National Council for Science and the Environment
1101 17th St. NW #250
Washington DC 20036
202-207-0004 direct
202-530-5810 general
202-628-4311 fax
David AT NCSEonline.org 
www.ncseonline.org 



Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail. Thank you.




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Subject: "Likely" White Ibis - Oshawa Second Marsh
From: David Pryor <stg1 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:34:10 -0400
I just found and took a couple of lousy photographs of what appeared to me to 
be a juvenile white ibis at Oshawa Second Marsh. It was on the sand spit 
opposite the viewing platform. It is extremely windy so it's not easy to keep 
the scope steady. 


The bird has gone around the bend to the right of the sand spit and is 
currently out of view but I didn't see it fly away. I'll be here scanning for a 
bit. 


David Pryor

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Poth Road, Haldimand County (near rock point PP), Sept. 11th
From: Leonard Manning <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:40:22 -0400
Birders,


This morning at 7:15 AM, I had a Buff-breasted Sandpiper, just east of the
traditional `Poth Road Sod Farm` on Poth Road, near Stromness, Haldimand
County. The bird was at the back(south end) of a large dirt field just east
of the eastern tree line that borders the Sod Farm on the south east corner
of Hutchison and Poth Roads.

A scope is absolutely mandatory. And it`s blustery!

There were also 216 Killdeer(yeah, I counted), and 14 Black-bellied Plovers
in the vicinity.

From Hamilton, travel south on HWY 56 until you get to HWY 3. Travel east
on 3 through Dunnville, and eventually you come to Hutchison Road.Go south
on Hitchison and eventually on your left you will see Poth Road. Go east,
check the sod farm here, but continue east past the first tree line until
you see the dirt field.Be patient, the bird blends in real nice.

Len Manning
Hamilton, ON, 289-456-6502
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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (10 Sep 2014) 3 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 10 Sep 2014 22:09:07 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 10, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             19             19
Bald Eagle                   0              1              1
Northern Harrier             0             46             56
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            274            284
Cooper's Hawk                0             11             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0             44             75
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            166            199
Merlin                       0              4              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
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

Total:                       3            568            654
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jim Dunn

Observers:        

Visitors:
Thanks to Jim, Keith and Mark C. for today's report. Let's hope things pick
up over the next few days.


Weather:
Not a stellar day at the hawkwatch today. First hour was drizzling rain
with moderate to strong SE winds. The rest of the count period was hazy and
continuing strong SE winds. Cloud cover was 100% and humidity near 100%.

Raptor Observations:
Just 3 birds counted today as migrants ... 1 per hour (ouch!!)...2 Sharpies
and a single Osprey.



The Eagles and a few TV's were enjoying the wind. They were pumping hard
going east and then screaming back to the west.

Non-raptor Observations:
Passerines were non-existent in the hawkwatch area.

Predictions:
Tomorrow looks promising with brisk NORTHERLY winds (either NW or NE
depending on how far the low moves off to the east). This should along with
the much cooler weather make for a decent flight. There is a small threat
of showers early, clearing mid morning.
========================================================================
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: Detroit River Hawk Watch (10 Sep 2014) 10 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 10 Sep 2014 19:09:56 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 10, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0            108            108
Osprey                       1             16             16
Bald Eagle                   0             44             44
Northern Harrier             0             40             40
Sharp-shinned Hawk           9            329            329
Cooper's Hawk                0             24             24
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0            115            115
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             69             69
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             50             50
Merlin                       0              8              8
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              4              4
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              2

Total:                      10            812            812
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 11:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess

Visitors:
4


Weather:
It was overcast with light, variable wind before the expected thunderstorms
came and washed away the day around noon.

Raptor Observations:
There were a few sharpies moving before the rain came but not much else.

Non-raptor Observations:
Great Egret (4), Forster's Tern (15+), Chimney Swift (35+), American Wigeon
(4)

Predictions:
Mostly sunny with moderate northwest wind. Could be a good day as long as
birds don't get blown too far south.
========================================================================
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: Least Bittern - yes, Col Sam Smith Park, Toronto
From: Keith <klinton AT netrover.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:57:04 -0400
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Subject: Snow Geese in Bradford
From: Peter Wukasch <peterbethwukasch AT bell.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:54:22 -0400
Today at 3:30 pm there were three Snow Geese, including one "Blue' phase at the 
storm water pond at the Summerlyn housing development on the north side of 
Holland St. West in the town of Bradford. There is a large "dragonfly" moving 
sculpture at the corner of the pond complex so it is hard to miss. Go north on 
Hwy 400 to C.R. 88 and go east to Bradford to the second set of lights past the 
Wal-Mart. Turn left on Summerlyn Trail. The pond is on the right side of 
Summerlyn. 

Peter Wukasch
peterbethwukasch AT bell.net 
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