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30 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (29 Oct 2014) 194 Raptors []
29 Oct Rough-legs, near North Bay, Ont. [richardtafel ]
29 Oct 4 Great Egrets still roosting at Lynde Shores Conservation Area in Whitby ["Weseloh,Chip [Ontario]" ]
29 Oct High Park Hawkwatch Thurs. Oct 29,2014 [Tim McCarthy ]
29 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (29 Oct 2014) 559 Raptors []
29 Oct horned grebes, fort erie [alan woods ]
29 Oct Barrow's Goldeneye, Ottawa, Rideau River, Strathcona Park [Nicholas von Maltzahn ]
29 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (29 Oct 2014) 810 Raptors []
29 Oct Iroquois Shoreline Season Totals to date [Mike Williamson ]
29 Oct Red headed woodpecker juvenile [tracy patterson ]
29 Oct Boreal Chickadee - Ottawa [Anouk Hoedeman ]
29 Oct Re: Jaegers - Toronto [David Pryor ]
29 Oct Jaegers - Toronto [David Pryor ]
29 Oct Am.white pelican holiday beach [Dean Ware ]
29 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (28 Oct 2014) 31 Raptors []
29 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (27 Oct 2014) 151 Raptors []
28 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (28 Oct 2014) 7 Raptors []
28 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (28 Oct 2014) 5 Raptors []
28 Oct Cattle egret tilbury sewage lagoons [Nate Miller ]
27 Oct Snow Geese - Casselman [Brian Morin ]
27 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (27 Oct 2014) 140 Raptors []
27 Oct Ottawa - Jack Pine trail - Black backed woodpecker [Navanbird ]
27 Oct Kingston Area Birds: 18th - 24th October 2014 ["Mark D. Read" ]
27 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (27 Oct 2014) 325 Raptors []
27 Oct tundra swans fort erie [alan woods ]
27 Oct West Perth Wetland - 16 waterfowl, 6 shorebird species [Steve Thorpe ]
27 Oct Siskins, Rough-legged Hawks and Red-Necked Grebe - Lanark county [iain wilkes ]
27 Oct 2 snow geese at jack miners, kingsville [Donny Moore ]
27 Oct OFO Trip- Grand Bend, Pinery P.P., Kettle Point [Mike Nelson ]
27 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (26 Oct 2014) 681 Raptors []
26 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (26 Oct 2014) 1044 Raptors []
26 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (26 Oct 2014) 1759 Raptors []
26 Oct Pacific Loon Pelee update [Jeremy Hatt ]
26 Oct Toronto Islands- Jaegers, Kittiwake, Loons, etc. [Norm Murr ]
26 Oct Pied-billed grebes at Topham Pond []
26 Oct White-winged Crossbill at our feeder in northcentral Elgin County [Dave Martin ]
26 Oct Juvenile Pacific Loon at Point Pelee... [Steve Pike ]
26 Oct Le Contes Sparrow, jarvis sewage lagoons, oct [Leonard Manning ]
26 Oct Saturday Oct 25 - 2014 OFO Trip - Ottawa River [Nina Stavlund ]
25 Oct Fox Sparrow [Selena Flynn ]
25 Oct Fox sparrows at James Gardens [Noah Cole ]
25 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (25 Oct 2014) 813 Raptors []
25 Oct Brant at Bluffers Park, Scarborough [Rick Lauzon ]
25 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (25 Oct 2014) 818 Raptors []
25 Oct Trumpeters, Pipits and Eagles [iain wilkes ]
24 Oct Rusty Blackbirds at the University of Waterloo [Karl Heide ]
24 Oct Long Point Bird Observatory Sightings Board Update - October 24. Oregon Junco, Oregon Junco, Red Phalarope, [Stuart Mackenzie ]
24 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (24 Oct 2014) 1869 Raptors []
24 Oct Pacific Loon - Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie [Karl & Kathy Konze ]
24 Oct Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Friday, October 24th, 2014 ["Cheryl Edgecombe" ]
24 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (24 Oct 2014) 169 Raptors []
24 Oct High Park Hawkwatch Fri., Oct. 24, 2014 [Tim McCarthy ]
24 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (24 Oct 2014) 1025 Raptors []
24 Oct Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 1997 Gordon Lake Rd. - Johnson Township - Amended [Karl & Kathy Konze ]
24 Oct Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 1997 Gordon Lake Rd. - Johnson Township - YES [Karl & Kathy Konze ]
24 Oct Great Gray Owl west of Sudbury [Jean Iron ]
23 Oct Black Vulture at RMGRW in Scarborough [Walter Fisher ]
23 Oct Algonquin Park Birding Report: 23 October 2014 [Ron Tozer ]
23 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (23 Oct 2014) 3564 Raptors []
23 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (23 Oct 2014) 1864 Raptors []
23 Oct High Park Hawkwatch Thurs.Oct.23, 2014 [Tim McCarthy ]
23 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (23 Oct 2014) 4178 Raptors []
23 Oct Ottawa/Gatineau - October 23, 2014 - Recent Reports [Bob Cermak ]
23 Oct Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending October 23, 2014. [Fred Helleiner ]
23 Oct Black Vulture, Evening Grosbeak and Oregon Junco at Cranberry Marsh, 23-Oct-2014 ["Geoff Carpentier" ]
23 Oct Cranberry - Evening Grosbeak ["Geoff Carpentier" ]
23 Oct OFO Young Birders Trip - Saw-whet owl banding is full ["Lynne AT Gmail" ]
22 Oct HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (22 Oct 2014) 4099 Raptors []
22 Oct HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (22 Oct 2014) 8683 Raptors []
22 Oct High Park Hawk Watch Wed. Oct.22 [Tim McCarthy ]
22 Oct 3 Pacific Loons in Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie [Andrew Keaveney ]
22 Oct Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - east of Sault Ste Marie ["Mark Cranford [Ontbirds]" ]
22 Oct Black-legged Kittiwake in Barrie [DB ]
22 Oct HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (22 Oct 2014) 14212 Raptors []
22 Oct Pacific Loons in Barrie NOW [Andrew Keaveney ]
22 Oct Purple Finch, Merlin, ++ (Bird walk at The Riverwood Conservancy) [Luc Fazio ]

Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (29 Oct 2014) 194 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Oct 2014 00:10:00 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             189          26481          26601
Osprey                       0             35            118
Bald Eagle                   1             47            105
Northern Harrier             0            263            656
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2           4348           8924
Cooper's Hawk                1            195            265
Northern Goshawk             0             11             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            368            368
Broad-winged Hawk            0            155          70719
Red-tailed Hawk              0           1895           1921
Rough-legged Hawk            0              4              4
Golden Eagle                 1             54             54
American Kestrel             0            705           2450
Merlin                       0             37             79
Peregrine Falcon             0            118            163
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     194          34716         112440
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Carnahan

Observers:        Bob Johnstone, Jim Dunn, Keith Sealy

Visitors:
Thanks to everyone who helped today...Mary, Jim, Keith and Bob J....along
with visitor Ken Wootten.


Weather:
Cooler today with mainly southwesterly to westerly winds. Temp only got to
a high of 11C. By the end of the watch, just like yesterday, we had 100%
cloud cover and it even rained a bit.



Raptor Observations:
Except for the TVs  (189) and the single Golden Eagle at 11:40 AM, it was
slim pickin's. The TVs trickled through again today, tacking and swooping
low over the fields and tree lines, the Redtails and Sharpies all low
enough to see well without binos.  The single, immature Bald Eagle went
through with some TVs at the B&B, nice and low, the lone Golden (an adult
looking bird) cruised at somewhat higher altitude, farther north.



Non-raptor Observations:
Similar species today to what we have been seeing, but in the gusty wind,
fewer species were found.  However, we did have a couple of highlights. 
First, Keith saw the first Gray Catbird we've had in a while.  It flew
across the road right in front of his car at the south end of the ravine,
and the (apparently) resident Carolina Wren did some showing off today,
vocalizing and strutting in shrubs across from the observation knoll at the
south end of Hawk Cliff Rd.  Woodpecker species today were Hairy,
Red-bellied and Northern Flicker, and Sparrows limited to
White-throated.There are still many Am. Robins and Cedar Waxwings feasting
on the berry crops (mainly dogwood and Russian olive) close to the Cliff. 
In addition, this morning there were at least 150 European Starlings at the
Cliff with more in the field at the B&B.



No butterflies were reported today, but there were 2 Meadowhawks seen in
sheltered places near Sharpie Alley as well as a single Shadow Darner.



Predictions:
Winds are forecast to be light from the west tomorrow which will likely
continue to hold back any major movement 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: Rough-legs, near North Bay, Ont.
From: richardtafel <rtafel AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:08:08 -0400
Four Rough-legged Hawks, one a dark phase, were hovering over the farm
fields near the vicinity of the Warren sewage lagoons on Wed. aft. Warren is
about 40 miles due west of North Bay, along Hwy #11. The lagoon area is one
mile due east of the town, and just north of the highway. A road into the
area is easily traversible, after you go through the town. Numerous ducks of
many species, including Northern  Shovelers and American Coots can be
readily seen within the two cells of the lagoon, which can be accessed via
its main gate, along the said road.
    Dick Tafel - 705 472-7907
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Subject: 4 Great Egrets still roosting at Lynde Shores Conservation Area in Whitby
From: "Weseloh,Chip [Ontario]" <Chip.Weseloh AT ec.gc.ca>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:43:29 -0400
This morning, from 0657 - 0733, I observed 4 Great Egrets roosting in
Lynde Creek at the south end of the main island in the creek, south of
Victoria Street in Whitby. They were standing in close proximity to one
another in shallow water amidst more than 1600 waterfowl (Canada Geese,
Mallards, Northern Shovelers, etc.). During 0725-0728, three of the
egrets flew off to the south and then west. Over the next 30 minutes, I
observed 2 egrets at nearby Cranberry Marsh, 300-400m to the west.

The cycle of egrets roosting overnight in Lynde Creek, then foraging
during the day in Cranberry Marsh, only a few hundred metres away, and
then returning to roost again in Lynde Creek is one that I have observed
for several years. It can be observed easily if you watch from either
the East Observation Platform t Cranberry Marsh, or the most northerly
platform on the west side of the marsh, at dusk. The foraging egrets
will depart from the marsh to the NE (towards Lynde Creek).  To locate
the actual roosting area, you can follow the path eastward from the East
Observation Platform. When you come to the memorial bench (on your
right), leave the path and continue walking due east, through the bush,
until you come to the creek. You should see a relatively large island in
the creek; the egrets roost in the shallow water at the south end of
this island. Earlier in the summer, they often roost in the shoreline
trees.

Directions:  From Hwy 401 in the Whitby area, exit southward on Salem
Road, turn left on Victoria St, continue east past Halls Road, turn off
to the right at the Lynde Shores Conservation Area. Park in the parking
lot and walk the main path southward to the East Observation Platform.
Follow the above instructions from there to get to the actual roost. But
the egrets won't be hanging around much longer. Please let me know what
you see. J

Cheers,

Chip

 

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Subject: High Park Hawkwatch Thurs. Oct 29,2014
From: Tim McCarthy <timmccarthy_5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:50:36 -0400
from: Tim Mccarthy via Ontbirds
 
We haven't seen a thing since last Saturday on the Hill. OK maybe a dozen or 
so. There was even one day where the weather was supposed to be good and still 
there was nothing. 

This means either they've all gone through (hopefully not or we've got to 
re-write the book), or they're building up their numbers for another go at it. 
That's my favourite scenario. 

Now tomorrow's supposed to have a Northwest Wind all day. Not much, but enough, 
and its the only day like that in the week. Tomorrow there's gonna be 
kettlefuls of Redtails, Eagles by the Convocation, Accipiters and Falcons 
dropping out of the sky on each other! 

So don't be shy, come on out to the Hill. Please? I need some company.
High Park is pretty much back to normal roadwise - the Restaurant parking lot 
is open again and Parkside Drive is more or less negotiable. The leaves are 
partly down but still a breathtaking sight. 

Friday and Saturday are going to rain (sorry, Hallo-weenies) but Sunday might 
be OK. That's my day off and the wife won't let me anywhere near High Park. 

Happy Hawking,
Tim
 		 	   		  
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (29 Oct 2014) 559 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Oct 2014 20:10:57 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture             495          43758          45963
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                   2             94            231
Northern Harrier             4            172            400
Sharp-shinned Hawk          31           3064           7598
Cooper's Hawk                2            134            285
Northern Goshawk             0              7              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          6            268            307
Broad-winged Hawk            0             42          36348
Red-tailed Hawk             14           1046           1301
Rough-legged Hawk            0              6              6
Golden Eagle                 2             19             24
American Kestrel             0            313           1019
Merlin                       0             22             69
Peregrine Falcon             0             26             44
Unknown Accipiter            0              7             22
Unknown Buteo                3            125            152
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              5              6
Unknown Raptor               0             19             42
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     559          49147          93879
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Bob Pettit, Jeanece Seals, Jim McCoy, Larry Ludwicki,
                  Paul Pratt, Phyllis Coble

Visitors:
We had 3 visitors today and a few members that stayed most of the day.
Thanks to Paul Pratt for his help distinguishing all the passerine flight
calls!


Weather:
The cool 15km/h SW and W winds kept our hoods up all day though the
temperature on its own was not bad, going up to 12C. Dark clouds rolled in
at 11 (EST) and the temperature dropped 2 degrees.

Raptor Observations:
It was a return of the Turkey Vultures today after the last couple of slow
days! We had 495 migrate, bringing a few Red-tailed Hawks and
Red-shouldered Hawks with them. The raptor excitement for the day was
caused by the appearance of an adult Golden Eagle, followed directly by an
immature Golden Eagle, followed directly by an adult Bald Eagle! They came
fairly close to the tower, turned back to the East for ten minutes and
arrived again much higher in the sky, they must have found a good thermal! 

Non-raptor Observations:
There were no huge flocks of crows or starlings or blackbirds but there was
a nice variety of passerines going through, including Horned Larks,
American Pipits, Cedar Waxwings, Pine Siskins, and American Goldfinches. An
American White Pelican provided good viewing opportunities a few times,
circling overhead and sitting on the beach, though it finally found a great
thermal and after spending ten minutes gaining altitude, flew off to the
West. See today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20374835

Predictions:
Winds from the west at 10km/h with partial cloud for good viewing.
========================================================================
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: horned grebes, fort erie
From: alan woods <alan2woods AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:32:45 -0400
2 Horned Grebes on Niagara river in front of the old fort.

dir, QEW to Central, right to Niagara pky, right to the old fort.
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Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye, Ottawa, Rideau River, Strathcona Park
From: Nicholas von Maltzahn <nvmottawa AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:16:02 -0400
A Barrow's Goldeneye (male) present this evening (6 pm) at north end of 
Strathcona Park. Visible too from other side 200m north (downstream) of tennis 
club at west end of Donald St (Parc Riverain).This is the Rideau River a 
kilometre or so north of 417 bridge. 

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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (29 Oct 2014) 810 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Oct 2014 18:10:19 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             735          62933          66149
Osprey                       0             12             56
Bald Eagle                   0             71            236
Northern Harrier             1             96            301
Sharp-shinned Hawk          39           1623           4441
Cooper's Hawk                1            194            393
Northern Goshawk             0              3              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          5            441            442
Broad-winged Hawk            0            169         184858
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk             26           2106           2400
Rough-legged Hawk            0             10             10
Golden Eagle                 2             47             47
American Kestrel             0            103            561
Merlin                       0             12             43
Peregrine Falcon             0             28             47
Unknown Accipiter            1             13             27
Unknown Buteo                0             15             23
Unknown Falcon               0              2              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             15             32

Total:                     810          67893         260077
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Carol Goodman, Don Sherwood, John Elliott

Visitors:
5


Weather:
Clear at the start, gray clouds rolled in and blanketed the sky by the late
morning. A persistent west wind and cooler temps had us heading back to our
cars for another layer or two.

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures dominated the count total. Other species were moving in
smaller numbers.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Crow (250+), Bufflehead (7), Hooded Merganser (1), Lesser Scaup
(1)

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


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

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

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




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Subject: Iroquois Shoreline Season Totals to date
From: Mike Williamson <mdw49 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:39:54 -0400
ISRW

North Whitby, Ontario, Canada

October 29  2014

Species

Turkey Vulture = 1725

Osprey = 25

Bald Eagle = 22

N/Harrier = 23

S/Shinned = 529

Coopers = 30

N/Goshawk = 0

R/Shoulder = 71

Broad-Winged = 4068

R/Tailed = 305

R/Legged = 0

Golden Eagle = 8

A/Kestrel = 42

Merlin = 6

Peregrine = 6

UB = 2

UF = 1

UR = 2

Totals = 6866

Hours = 63.5

Report submitted by Mike Williamson

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Subject: Red headed woodpecker juvenile
From: tracy patterson <frankp1112 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:28:47 -0400
Juvenile red headed woodpecker seen at 11:10 am Wed Oct 29/14 at 1920 Buckslide 
Road, Algonquin Highlands, Ontario. 

Have 2 pics, on feeder pole 15 ft away for several seconds, then pics taken on 
maple trunk, there again for several seconds, then flew into edge of our woods. 

Grey/brown head, solid dark grey/light black back with large white patch on 
rump and wings, size of hairy woodpecker approx. 

Also, small flock (6-10) of pine siskins at feeders regularly each day.
Directions:
From hwy 11 in Bracebridge take hwy 118 towards haliburton, turn left at hwy 35 
north towards Huntsville, follow for approx 8kms to Buckslide Road and turn 
left. Approx 2.2kms down to #1920. 

Birders welcome.
Tracy Patterson



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Subject: Boreal Chickadee - Ottawa
From: Anouk Hoedeman <ahoedeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:14:00 -0400
Not a live sighting, but likely of interest to local birders anyway:

I found a dead Boreal Chickadee at the National Gallery of Canada this morning 
on my FLAP patrol. It’s the second one I’ve found in six days (the first was at 
Bank & Queen Sts. on Oct. 24). 


If I’ve come across two in Ottawa's downtown core, there may well be many live 
ones around as well. 


Anouk Hoedeman
Ottawa
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Subject: Re: Jaegers - Toronto
From: David Pryor <stg1 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:03:55 -0400
Just as an update for any Toronto area birders, I'm now at the river mouth at 
Humber Bay West near Parklawn & Lakeshore Blvd. I've been here for about 20-25 
minutes or so and I've only had one (an intermediate morph parasitic) of the 
four jaegers sp. I spotted earlier from Sam Smith Park. 


A fair amount of gull activity though, scanning anywhere from the Toronto 
Islands to my vantage point. 


David Pryor

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> On Oct 29, 2014, at 9:45 AM, David Pryor  wrote:
> 
> I just counted 4 jaegers flying not that far offshore just east of the 
Boulevard Club along Lakeshore Blvd. in Toronto. I'm scoping from Sam Smith so 
they are bit distant for me, but I'm going to try to get over there to have a 
closer look. 

> 
> David Pryor
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Jaegers - Toronto
From: David Pryor <stg1 AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:45:40 -0400
I just counted 4 jaegers flying not that far offshore just east of the 
Boulevard Club along Lakeshore Blvd. in Toronto. I'm scoping from Sam Smith so 
they are bit distant for me, but I'm going to try to get over there to have a 
closer look. 


David Pryor

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Subject: Am.white pelican holiday beach
From: Dean Ware <deanware1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:37:19 -0400
Birders- right now a White pelican is flying over the marsh from east to
west.

Dean
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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (28 Oct 2014) 31 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Oct 2014 00:10:23 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              30          26292          26412
Osprey                       0             35            118
Bald Eagle                   0             46            104
Northern Harrier             1            263            656
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0           4346           8922
Cooper's Hawk                0            194            264
Northern Goshawk             0             11             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            368            368
Broad-winged Hawk            0            155          70719
Red-tailed Hawk              0           1895           1921
Rough-legged Hawk            0              4              4
Golden Eagle                 0             53             53
American Kestrel             0            705           2450
Merlin                       0             37             79
Peregrine Falcon             0            118            163
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      31          34522         112246
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Carnahan

Observers:        Keith Sealy

Visitors:
None today.


Weather:
Not a great day for hawk watching at the Cliff nor at the B&B with birds
just trickling through basically one or two at a time.  The weather was a
balmy 18 C. and breezy and except for the low, thick cloud cover, it was a
rather pleasant day to be out birdwatching. It didn't rain at all during
the couple of hours of the count.

Raptor Observations:
A total of just 31 birds with TVs (30) and a lone N. Harrier. TVs were
scattered and seemed to find the strong SW winds a bit of a challenge, some
tacking across the fields. The lone Northern Harrier appeared almost on the
dot of 10:00 AM with a single TV and crossed the road north of the B&B.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Other than the mobs of Am. Robins and Cedar Waxwings enjoying the abundance
of berry crops near the wouth end of Hawk Cliff Rd., there wasn't a lot
happening non-raptorwise. Other species included a single Cormorant,
singles also of Northern Flicker, Red-bellied and Downy Woodpecker,
White-breasted Nuthatch and Song Sparrow.  In addition, a few Blue Jays
were seen and heard calling from the woods, numerous BC Chickadees were
found near Sharpie Alley, and a few other species were seen in various
locations including 2 Eastern Bluebirds, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a few
White-throated Sparrows, Pipits in the field, a pair of Cardinals  and a
few DE Juncos near Sharpie Alleyand at least 75 Crows plus 150+ European
Starlings foraging in the field at the B&B.  



Along the roadside at Sharpie Alley we had a few interesting insect
sightings including 1 Eastern Comma, 3 Meadowhawks (dragonflies) and 1
Shadow Darner.

Predictions:
Forecast is for lots of sunshine but winds are supposed to be from the W
which can hold back the flight. However, with lots of sun you can get
thermals which will give the birds the lift they need so this could help
with the flight.



It then gets more interesting for Thu, Fri and Sat with winds turning to
the NW and serious drop in temps that could get the birds moving.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
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http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm



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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (27 Oct 2014) 151 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Oct 2014 00:10:10 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             105          26262          26382
Osprey                       0             35            118
Bald Eagle                   0             46            104
Northern Harrier             3            262            655
Sharp-shinned Hawk           9           4346           8922
Cooper's Hawk                4            194            264
Northern Goshawk             0             11             12
Red-shouldered Hawk          3            368            368
Broad-winged Hawk            0            155          70719
Red-tailed Hawk             24           1895           1921
Rough-legged Hawk            0              4              4
Golden Eagle                 3             53             53
American Kestrel             0            705           2450
Merlin                       0             37             79
Peregrine Falcon             0            118            163
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     151          34491         112215
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Carnahan

Observers:        Bob Johnstone, Jim Dunn, Keith Sealy

Visitors:
Thanks to Mary, Keith, Jim and Bob J. for doing today's count.


Weather:
A cloud day with winds from the E then turning to the SE which is never
good for flights past the hawkwatch.

Raptor Observations:
Today's flight was mainly to the north of our position at Sharpie Alley
with TVs (105), Northern Harriers (3), Sharp-shins (9), Coops (4),
Re-shoulders (3), Red-tails (24) and finally in the last half hour Golden
Eagles (3). By 1:00 PM the flight had stalled, thick cloud had moved in
coming from the south, so after about 30 minutes we called it a day. 



Things got off to a slow start with only a single Sharpie and a few TVs
which were north of our location at Sharpie Alley.  At 10:00 a.m. things
picked up with 2 low, adult Red Shoulders and later, another adult
Red-shoulder also very low -- great views!  Then began the Red-tail parade
with a few low Harriers thrown in and in the last hour, 3 Golden Eagles, 2
of which were very low, providing great views and photo ops.  The third
ambled through, farther south of our location so not as great a view but
still easily identifiable as a Golden Eagle.

Non-raptor Observations:
We are still seeing and hearing many birds flying in flocks close to the
Cliff; today observers reported Robins, mixed Blackbirds, E. Bluebirds,
Purple Finches, European Starlings, Cedar Waxwings and Pine Siskins.  A few
Ring-billed Gulls were seen cruising the cliff, Bonaparte's Gulls were seen
in flocks above the cornfield at the ridge, and many Canada Geese and
Mallards were observed at both locations.  In addition, observers reported
3 Woodpecker species (Red-bellied and Downy Woodpecker and Northern
Flicker), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, BC Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch,
Northern Cardinal, Hermit Thrush, DE Juncos and a single Rock Pigeon.  



We are still seeing Monarch Butterflies with 2 reported today.  As well,
observers noted singles of Eastern Comma, Orange and Clouded Sulphur and a
few Cabbage Whites.  Meadowhawks (dragonflies) are still present at the
Cliff and the ridge plus 1 Back Saddlebags.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
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http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm



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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (28 Oct 2014) 7 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 28 Oct 2014 18:10:45 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0          62198          65414
Osprey                       0             12             56
Bald Eagle                   0             71            236
Northern Harrier             0             95            300
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5           1584           4402
Cooper's Hawk                1            193            392
Northern Goshawk             0              3              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            436            437
Broad-winged Hawk            0            169         184858
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk              1           2080           2374
Rough-legged Hawk            0             10             10
Golden Eagle                 0             45             45
American Kestrel             0            103            561
Merlin                       0             12             43
Peregrine Falcon             0             28             47
Unknown Accipiter            0             12             26
Unknown Buteo                0             15             23
Unknown Falcon               0              2              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             15             32

Total:                       7          67083         259267
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess

Visitors:
0


Weather:
Morning showers delayed the start of the count by a few hours. The sky
remained overcast in the afternoon, with moderate to strong wind out of the
west and southwest.

Raptor Observations:
Minimal activity was observed.

Non-raptor Observations:
Tree Swallow (30+), Pine Siskin (40+), American Crow (25+)

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


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

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

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




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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (28 Oct 2014) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 28 Oct 2014 17:10:08 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture               0          43263          45468
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                   0             92            229
Northern Harrier             0            168            396
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4           3033           7567
Cooper's Hawk                0            132            283
Northern Goshawk             0              7              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            262            301
Broad-winged Hawk            0             42          36348
Red-tailed Hawk              0           1032           1287
Rough-legged Hawk            0              6              6
Golden Eagle                 0             17             22
American Kestrel             0            313           1019
Merlin                       0             22             69
Peregrine Falcon             1             26             44
Unknown Accipiter            0              7             22
Unknown Buteo                0            122            149
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              5              6
Unknown Raptor               0             19             42
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                       5          48588          93320
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Bob Pettit, Claude Radley, Jeanece Seals, Phyllis Coble

Visitors:
A couple from Waterford stopped by and got to see three of our resident
Bald Eagles flying over the marsh!


Weather:
There was drizzle and rain throughout the day and full cloud cover. Wind
speeds were from 5 to 16km/h from the S and beginning to swing towards the
W in the last couple hours. Visibility went up to 8km.

Raptor Observations:
Raptors decided they didn't want to go anywhere today, so there was much
excitement when a Peregrine was the first bird of the day! There were 4
Sharp-shinned Hawks after that point and a dozen Turkey Vultures that
thought about migrating but didn't end up going after all.

Non-raptor Observations:
Migrating passerines were in short supply today with 25 Red-winged
Blackbirds, 1 American Goldfinch and 8 American Pipits. 81 Tree Swallows
were a nice treat around midday, crossing overhead from west to east. See
today's eBird list
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20364700

Predictions:
Winds coming from the West should provide a little more bird movement,
though they will be quite strong (30km/h). Mixed sun and cloud will make
for good viewing of passing birds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT mail.uoguelph.ca)
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Subject: Cattle egret tilbury sewage lagoons
From: Nate Miller <nathan.gregg.miller AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:27:46 -0400
Hi all
A cattle egret is currently sitting at the tilbury sewage lagoons.
Presumably the same bird as earlier. It is on the south west corner of the
main cell.
Good luck!

Nathan
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Subject: Snow Geese - Casselman
From: Brian Morin <brianlmorin AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:47:14 -0400
I checked the sod fields along Lafleche Rd east of Casselman today to see
what number of Greater Snow Geese were present. I had about 25-30,000 there
on Sunday but today's number far exceeded that total. I did a fairly good
count and came up with at least 55,000 birds, mostly Greaters but with some
obvious Lessers among them. I had one hybrid Lesser Snow Goose x Ross's
Goose. Because the flock was so spread out, over a distance of nearly a
kilometre, identifying other geese was not possible.

What was unusual other than the high number, the largest flock I have seen
in Eastern Ontario on fall migration was that almost all of the birds were
south of the road rather than close to Hwy 417. The flock also started only
about 25 metres from the road which is not seen very often.

It is worth noting that it was not many years ago that fall numbers of Snow
Geese were not very significant compared with those of the spring.

Brian Morin
Cornwall


Directions: From Ottawa take Hwy 417 east, exiting at Hwy 138 (east of
Casselman). Proceed a km south to Lafleche Rd. This is an access road for
the major dump site and heavy trucks are constant during the week.
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (27 Oct 2014) 140 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Oct 2014 21:10:33 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture              85          43263          45468
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                   0             92            229
Northern Harrier             0            168            396
Sharp-shinned Hawk          21           3029           7563
Cooper's Hawk                8            132            283
Northern Goshawk             0              7              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          5            262            301
Broad-winged Hawk            0             42          36348
Red-tailed Hawk             17           1032           1287
Rough-legged Hawk            0              6              6
Golden Eagle                 1             17             22
American Kestrel             0            313           1019
Merlin                       0             22             69
Peregrine Falcon             0             25             43
Unknown Accipiter            1              7             22
Unknown Buteo                2            122            149
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              5              6
Unknown Raptor               0             19             42
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     140          48583          93315
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Chris Craft, Jim McCoy, John Craft

Visitors:
We welcomed Janice and Phyllis back from Tennessee for their 24th year of
fall visits! Dan and Mary from Kingsville also stopped by in the hopes of
seeing the pelican. A man with his grandson, who was very interested in
looking through binoculars and a scope, spent some time on the tower as
well. 


Weather:
A lovely autumn day on the tower, warm (18C) and winds between 3 and
16km/h. Cloud cover was perfect for viewing birds, but the winds were
coming from the ESE, SE, and E all day.

Raptor Observations:
These winds brought a very slow raptor day, with 13 being the most raptors
coming through in an hour, not including Turkey Vultures. Even they were
not very abundant, with 85 for the day. We did have a couple of Red-tailed
Hawks and Cooper's Hawks that came fairly close to the tower which was
really nice to see. One Golden Eagle zoomed through at the far north side
of the marsh, it certainly seemed in a hurry!

Non-raptor Observations:
Ducks were having a grand old time in the marsh as usual, as well as the
swans, egrets and herons. Less Cormorants were seen today (14) than there
have been recently. There was some movement of gulls in the morning along
with crows and Red-winged Blackbirds, but passerines pretty well stopped
flying after the first few hours of count. The excitement of the day was
when the American White Pelican that was seen landing in the marsh
yesterday flew out again and headed East along the shoreline! See today's
eBird list http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist?subID=S20357531

Predictions:
A bit of rain through the day with winds of 35km/h from the SW and W. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT mail.uoguelph.ca)
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Subject: Ottawa - Jack Pine trail - Black backed woodpecker
From: Navanbird <navanbird AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:57:40 -0400
Continuing female Black backed Woodpecker seen 3:30-4:00 pm today. She was 200 
meters from the parking lot south side of the trail moving from tree to tree 
frequently. 


Jack Pine Trail is on Moodie drive south of Hunt Club Road (Ottawa)
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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 18th - 24th October 2014
From: "Mark D. Read" <markdread AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:16:10 -0400
Apologies for the delayed report - the birding has kept me away from the
computer...

 

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:

A strong series of northerly winds with occasional southerly interludes has
produced some good sightings this week, with hawk watchers not disappointed.
Highlights of the week include; SNOW GOOSE, BRANT, CACKLING GOOSE, TUNDRA
SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, BLACK SCOTER, GOLDEN EAGLE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, LITTLE GULL, INDIGO BUNTING and EVENING
GROSBEAK.

 

City of Kingston

Waterfowl have been in focus this week with the Little Cataraqui Creek
(anywhere from Cataraqui Bay to Bath Road) producing a good diversity of
species. A female BLACK SCOTER was at Cataraqui Bay on 22nd, in with the
more usual GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, REDHEAD and AMERICAN WIGEON. A male
EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at the same location on 23rd. Across the road, in
Marshlands CA, GADWALL (300), AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL (60),
RING-NECKED DUCK (150) and LESSER SCAUP predominate in the shallower water.
Out on the lake, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS have been noted on several dates off
Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and a RED-THROATED LOON was seen there on 23rd.
In the Inner Harbour, a minimum of 40 RUDDY DUCKS were counted from just one
location on 23rd (Montreal Street). A HUMMINGBIRD - presumably RUBY-THROATED
- was seen for about 5 minutes in Reddendale on 24th and the first NORTHERN
SHRIKE of the season was seen at Lemoine Point CA on the same date.

 

Wolfe Island

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on the island on 22nd and as many as 30 TUNDRA
SWANS were noted at Horne's Ferry on the same date.

 

Amherst Island

The OFO outing to the island on 19th was a success with highlights including
a blue SNOW GOOSE, numerous HORNED GREBES, immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 1
abieticola RED-TAILED HAWK, a late AMERICAN REDSTART, 2 LAPLAND LONGSPUR and
5 SNOW BUNTINGS. On 24th, two birders picked the island for a hawk watch and
neither were disappointed, both of them seeing GOLDEN EAGLES (as many as 4)
as well as a couple of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. Also seen that day at Martin
Edwards Reserve were 3 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER. PINE
SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES seem to be numerous on the island. Please note
that you must be a member of the Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or be
accompanied by a member to access the Martin Edwards Reserve.

 

Amherstview Sewage Lagoons

A CACKLING GOOSE was the highlight of the week, one bird being seen on 19th.
A couple of LONG-TAILED DUCKS have also been present throughout the week, as
have GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS and PECTORAL SANDPIPER. Please note that
you must be a member of KFN or otherwise obtain permission from the
municipality to access the lagoons.

 

Prince Edward Point

A CACKLING GOOSE was seen on 19th and the Kingston Region's second and third
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS of the season were also seen here on the same date.
Immature NORTHERN GOSHAWKS were seen on 19th and 20th; an adult on 19th.
Three EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on 19th and have been seen daily in the
vicinity of the banding station throughout the week - an impressive 17 birds
were seen near Traverse Woods on 24th. Two LITTLE GULLS were still present
at the Lighthouse on 20th. Highlight of the week, however, must be the
GOLDEN EAGLES that have passed through - 2 on 18th, 4 on 23rd and an
impressive 14 on 24th. Two abieticola RED-TAILED HAWKS were also seen on
24th. Shorebirds have been rather scarce but 23 SANDERLING and 2 DUNLIN were
seen near the lighthouse on 24th being harassed by an adult PEREGRINE
FALCON.

 

Other Sightings

An EVENING GROSBEAK was seen near Elginburg on 19th and as many as 5 were
seen at a feeder on Washburn Road on 22nd-23rd. A good-sized flock of
SANDHILL CRANES (27) was seen at Crystal Spring Farm, Opinicon Road on 21st.
An INDIGO BUNTING has been seen at Sandhurst Shores from 22nd-24th at least.

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.

 

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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (27 Oct 2014) 325 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Oct 2014 18:10:14 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             123          62198          65414
Osprey                       0             12             56
Bald Eagle                   3             71            236
Northern Harrier             3             95            300
Sharp-shinned Hawk          42           1579           4397
Cooper's Hawk               17            192            391
Northern Goshawk             0              3              3
Red-shouldered Hawk         22            436            437
Broad-winged Hawk            0            169         184858
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk            107           2079           2373
Rough-legged Hawk            0             10             10
Golden Eagle                 4             45             45
American Kestrel             1            103            561
Merlin                       0             12             43
Peregrine Falcon             0             28             47
Unknown Accipiter            1             12             26
Unknown Buteo                1             15             23
Unknown Falcon               0              2              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             15             32

Total:                     325          67076         259260
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, John Elliott, Patrick Mulawa

Visitors:
4


Weather:
Overcast skies cleared as the day progressed, leaving us with nothing but
blue by the late afternoon. The wind was light to moderate and out of the
southwest at first, shifting more easterly later.

Raptor Observations:
Red-tailed and Red-shouldered hawks continued to drift by. Accipiters were
heard from in good numbers for the date. But other species were mostly
quiet, especially after the wind shifted to the east and southeast later in
the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Crow (3000+), American Robin (40+), Common Loon (2), Tundra Swan
(50+), 

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


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

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
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Subject: tundra swans fort erie
From: alan woods <alan2woods AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:25:48 -0400
about 50 tundra swans in lake erie at the foot of stonemill rd.

dir QEW to Thomson rd fort erie ,south to garrison west to stonemill rd
,then south to beach.

also 1 great black backed gull
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Subject: West Perth Wetland - 16 waterfowl, 6 shorebird species
From: Steve Thorpe <sthorpe3 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:12:23 +0000
This afternoon Harald Scholz and I enjoyed great diversity of birdlife at West 
Perth Wetlands. There were 17 Tundra Swan, 200+ Canada Geese and 1 Cackling 
Goose, 3 Gadwall, 20 black, 300+ Mallard, 20 Northern Pintail, 100+ Northern 
Shoveler, 40 Green-wing Teal, 5 American Wigeon, 6 Lesser Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, 
3 Redhead, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Hooded Merganser and 20 Ruddy Duck. About 40 
American Coot were foraging as well. 

 
For shorebirds we found 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Pectoral 
Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 7 Wilson's Snipe and a peep, likely a Least. 

 
Steve Thorpe
Stratford
 
West Perth Wetlands are in Mitchell, about 20 km NW of Stratford. From Ontario 
St (Hwy 8) take Wellington St south to Frank St. Cross over and follow the 
gravel to the parking lot. 

 		 	   		  
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Subject: Siskins, Rough-legged Hawks and Red-Necked Grebe - Lanark county
From: iain wilkes <iain.wilkes AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:10:59 -0400
A small flock of Siskins arrived in my yard in Carleton Place this morning and 
were gone in 10 minutes. Picked up two Rough-legged Hawks on 12th conc. Ramsay 
north of Panmure Road by 2 KM. One Red-necked Grebe continues on the 
Mississippi River where Hwy 7 crosses the river by Carleton Place along with a 
number of Hoodeds. 

 
cheers


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Subject: 2 snow geese at jack miners, kingsville
From: Donny Moore <donnymoore AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:17:24 -0400
Just seen 2 snow geese among the Canada geese beside the corn field pond.

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Subject: OFO Trip- Grand Bend, Pinery P.P., Kettle Point
From: Mike Nelson <mikesbirds AT rogers.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:55:24 -0400
On Sunday, a small group of enthusiastic birders led by Maris Apse 
started at the Grand Bend beach and faced strong west winds and large 
waves.  There were very few ducks flying about but we did see several 
Co. Loons flying over and an adult Bald Eagle.
Unfortunately, the Grand Bend sewage lagoons are under construction so 
we had to skip one of the usually more productive sites on the route.  
Pinery Provincial Park was very quiet, but there was a very cooperative 
American Redstart by the visitor center and a Red-tailed Hawk that posed 
very low in a tree for photos.
There were very few birds at Kettle Point because the usual roosting 
spots for birds were covered with the high water.  Two Killdeers were 
still hanging around. After most people had left we managed to scare up 
one lone Snow Bunting on the shore.

The final tally was 47 species.

reported by Michael Nelson for Maris Apse
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Subject: HSR: Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch (26 Oct 2014) 681 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Oct 2014 00:10:22 -0400
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch
Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             456          26157          26277
Osprey                       0             35            118
Bald Eagle                   5             46            104
Northern Harrier             6            259            652
Sharp-shinned Hawk          61           4337           8913
Cooper's Hawk                4            190            260
Northern Goshawk             1             11             12
Red-shouldered Hawk         18            365            365
Broad-winged Hawk            0            155          70719
Red-tailed Hawk            100           1871           1897
Rough-legged Hawk            0              4              4
Golden Eagle                25             50             50
American Kestrel             2            705           2450
Merlin                       2             37             79
Peregrine Falcon             1            118            163
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                     681          34340         112064
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Dave Brown

Observers:        Cary Graham, Chris Burris, Dave Verkley, Eric Single,
                  Ernie Gribble, Jason McGuire, Jim Dunn, Keith Sealy,
                  Mark Cunningham, Mary Carnahan, Matt Oswald,
                  Ronnie Goodhand, Tom Bolohan

Visitors:
A pile of visitors and observers today so I won't list them all here...but
a big thankyou to everyone who helped today in such difficult viewing
conditions.


Weather:
The weather looked perfect to start the morning with lots of bright
sunshine and a few patches of cloud to our east...BUT only 6 birds for the
first 2 hours!?!? Hmmm...at this point we were scratching our heads
wondering what was going on. We figured the winds were actually a bit more
W than we thought. However, by the 3rd hour the winds had definitely gotten
round to NW and picked up and the birds start to pass through in better
numbers. The abundant sunlight got the thermals going and we soon
discovered that the height of the flight was outside of  naked eye viewing
for many of the birds. The temp hit a high of 12C but felt much warmer in
the sunlight. At one point the clouds built up and then simply dissipated
making finding the birds a real challenge.

Raptor Observations:
Ah...what a difference a day makes. It took a while for the flight to get
going but eventually we observed birds on the move and by the end of the
day the total was 681 birds.



The big story for the day was as we'd hoped...Golden Eagles with a total of
25 for the day! The first one wasn't spotted till the 3rd hour after which
we tallied at least one or more every hour for the remainder of the day
with 1, 5, 2, 4, 5 and a whopping 7 to finish off the count period! Several
of these birds were visible with the naked eye (and even provided a few
photo ops) while a  few others were dark specks even in 10X binos and had
to be scoped to ID them. These birds provided an excellent mix of
plumages...some with huge patches of white in the base of the primaries and
across the tail deck... with one in particular that was completely dark
lacking even a faded yellowish band across the tail deck. Awesome!



Meanwhile, the Sharpies were certainly not seen in any numbers today with
only 61 counted. Cooper's Hawks also were seen in much smaller numbers with
just 4.  Another good bird for the day was an adult Goshawk that snuck
through low to the north of us right along the north side of the ravine
trees...of course on the WRONG side of the treeline for viewing!



Other species included a smaller flight of Redtails (100) and Red-shoulders
(18)...a good number of Bald Eagles though just 5 were tallied as migrants.
At one point there were 4 together in a mini kettle and a couple of times
they came from the W (behind us) and passed directly overhead no more than
20m up! A lone adult Peregrine was spotted by Chris B. to the north again
very low along with a couple each of speedy Merlins and Kestrels. Only 6
Harriers were counted though one appeared to be an adult male.

Non-raptor Observations:
Today's non-raptor highlight was a Common Raven that passed low over the
treeline at the ravine followed by severak Am. Crows which provided for
easy size comparison.



Similar sightings for non-raptors today as has been seen for the past
several days with a pile of Am. Robins passing through the hawkwatch area
along with Pine Siskins, Cedar Waxwings, a few Eastern Bluebirds, WT
Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Am. Pipit and Horned Larks. Also 3 separate flocks
of Tundra Swans headed eastward and a few Common Loons headed directly out
over the lake.  Other species included a single RB Nuthatch, a nice
Pileated Woodpecker that came from behind us and landed in the trees across
from us with its red crest glowing as it was backlit by the sun. Also had
Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers and a single N. Flicker. Still
seeing RC Kinglets with NC Chickadees, a couple each of Yellow-rumped
warblers and Hermit Thrushes.



Unfortunately, I can't find the note I wrote for insect sightings so all I
can mention is a single Monarch butterfly.

Predictions:
A lot of cloud for Monday and predicted SSE winds will mean not much of a
flight and in fact the whole week is looking less than optimal with SW and
W winds right through to Friday.
========================================================================
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 (26 Oct 2014) 1044 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 26 Oct 2014 21:10:20 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture             607          43178          45383
Osprey                       0             19             53
Bald Eagle                   7             92            229
Northern Harrier            14            168            396
Sharp-shinned Hawk         182           3008           7542
Cooper's Hawk               11            124            275
Northern Goshawk             1              7              7
Red-shouldered Hawk         77            257            296
Broad-winged Hawk           12             42          36348
Red-tailed Hawk            117           1015           1270
Rough-legged Hawk            1              6              6
Golden Eagle                 6             16             21
American Kestrel             5            313           1019
Merlin                       4             22             69
Peregrine Falcon             0             25             43
Unknown Accipiter            0              6             21
Unknown Buteo                0            120            147
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              5              6
Unknown Raptor               0             19             42
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                    1044          48443          93175
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter:        Cindy Isenhoff

Observers:        Chris Craft, Cramer, Dan Lumm, John Craft, Karen Padbury,
                  Kory Renaud

Visitors:
Once the day warmed up we had many visitors today.  Most were from local
areas near Windsor or Leamington.  Many families were out just enjoying a
warm and sunny fall day.  Special thank yous today to Dan Lumm, Karen
Padbury, and Cramer for all the help in spotting the distant and high
flying raptors!  


Weather:
A beautiful clear, sunny fall day today on the tower.  Not a single cloud
in the sky all day long.  Temperatures started off at 9.7C and ended
warming to 17.6C.  Winds blew from the WNW most of the day, switching to W
in the late afternoon.  

Raptor Observations:
What a superb day today for raptors!  The birds were very high due to the
cloudless sky, and some were on the distant north edge of the marsh, but
they came in droves on the WNW winds today!  We had 13 species today,
missing only the Osprey and Peregrine.  There was only a short mid day lull
in activity...and we finished the count with 6 Golden Eagles, with
representation in each of the 3 age groups, one close Northern Goshawk, one
close light morph Rough-legged Hawk and 12 Broad-winged hawks today for our
"stars".  Red-shouldered hawk numbers were close to that of Red-tailed
hawks today.  Turkey Vultures are still on the move as well.

Non-raptor Observations:
Once the raptors started moving there wasn't much time for song bird
counts.  The end of the day brought a huge movement of European Starlings
thru the northern edge of the marsh...numbers approx 100,000!  Most of
these birds moved immediatley through the marsh, while a group of 10,000 or
so flitted back in forth amoung the tree line on the north side for 30
minutes before finally moving on.  

One suprise today was a late afternoon lone Monarch!

Other birds of note today:

1 American White Pelican; 23 Tundra Swans that landed in the marsh; 1540
American Crows; 479 Red-winged Blackbirds; 3 Horned Grebes at the lake Erie
shore and approx 375 American Goldfinch.  Also present today were 16 Great
Egrets, Wood Ducks, Gadwall, Mallards, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal,
Ring-necked ducks, Sandhill Crane, Ruddy Duck, American Coots, Cedar
waxwings, Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets, White-throated Sparrows,
Dark-eyed Juncos, American Robins, Blue Jays and even a couple
Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Predictions:
Partly sunny with southerly winds.  Temperatures a little warmer than
today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Cindy Isenhoff (akahawklady1 AT aol.com)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (26 Oct 2014) 1759 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 26 Oct 2014 18:10:19 -0400
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             977          62075          65291
Osprey                       0             12             56
Bald Eagle                  15             68            233
Northern Harrier             4             92            297
Sharp-shinned Hawk         100           1537           4355
Cooper's Hawk                8            175            374
Northern Goshawk             0              3              3
Red-shouldered Hawk        141            414            415
Broad-winged Hawk            0            169         184858
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk            492           1972           2266
Rough-legged Hawk            2             10             10
Golden Eagle                14             41             41
American Kestrel             4            102            560
Merlin                       0             12             43
Peregrine Falcon             0             28             47
Unknown Accipiter            0             11             25
Unknown Buteo                2             14             22
Unknown Falcon               0              2              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             14             31

Total:                    1759          66751         258935
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Patrick Mulawa

Visitors:
20+


Weather:
The sky was deep blue from start to finish. The wind was moderate and out
of the west.

Raptor Observations:
Clouds of Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks tried to make up for our lack
of the real thing today. From the late morning on, both species were up and
as active as they've been all season, floating past by the dozen, mostly
very high. Some lingering Turkey Vultures mixed in with them. And, oh yeah,
how could I forget? Plenty of eagles as well, of both the Golden and Bald
variety. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swan (40+), Pine Siskin (30+), American Crow (800+)

Predictions:
Partly cloudy with warm temps and light south wind.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 AT gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


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

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

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




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Subject: Pacific Loon Pelee update
From: Jeremy Hatt <hattjeremy AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:05:57 -0400
This afternoon, a group of us refound the juvenile Pacific Loon off the west 
side of the tip of Point Pelee. When we first found it, it was somewhat close 
to shore but it swam continuously southwest until we lost it due to distance 
around 3:15pm. 


Jeremy 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 26, 2014, at 9:59 AM, "Steve Pike"  wrote:
> 
> We are currently watching a juvi pacific loon swimming at the tip as
> originally spotted by Alan Wormington, the rest of us were "asleep at the
> wheel".
> 
> This might be the same individual I spotted yesterday at Hillman Beach
> around 4pm which I didn't bother posting cause it disappeared after a 5min
> view.
> 
> Perhaps it will stick around at the tip for awhile, good luck!
> 
> Steve Pike
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Subject: Toronto Islands- Jaegers, Kittiwake, Loons, etc.
From: Norm Murr <normurr AT sympatico.ca>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 15:36:59 -0400
Today Alfred Adamo and I went to the Toronto Islands with hopes of a movement 
of Raptors and Passerines i.e. Bluebirds and Blackbirds but we were 
disappointed as none were moving, at least not over The Islands but we made up 
for these missing birds with some nice pelagic ones. 


We saw 2 Pomarine Jaegers, 1 Black-legged Kittiwake, 2 Red-throated Loons, 11 
Common Loons, 23 White-winged Scoters, 2 Black Scoters and 20+ Bonaparte’s 
Gulls, not a bad haul. 


While we were watching for more birds Gavin Platt joined us and he spotted a 
distant Jaeger that was too far to ID but that it made it a 3 Jaeger Day. 


Passerines were scarce except for some Purple Fiches and Pine Siskins, a few 
Hermit Thrushes and Yellow-rumped Warblers and both Kinglet species and in the 
low Raptor count were 2 adult Peregrine Falcons and a nice perched Merlin. 


DIRECTIONS TO THE TORONTO ISLAND FERRY DOCKS 

TORONTO ISLANDS - WINTER SCHEDULE - From October 15th, 2014 to April 18, 2015 
there will be no ferry to Hanlan’s Point or Centre Island, the Ward’s 
Island ferry will continue to operate during that period as usual. ***See 
Important Note at the bottom of these directions.*** 


Note:- Fare :- Adults $7.00 - Seniors / Students $4.50 
If you are on the subway southbound get off at the TTC’s Union Subway 
Station, walk south on Bay Street (on the east side of the station) for about 1 
km to the ferry docks at the foot of Bay Street at Queen’s Quay and you are 
there. The entrance to the ferry docks (well signed) is on the west side of the 
Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. 


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


For those who choose to head down to the docks on Sunday before the Subway 
opens at 9 a.m. you can catch the #97B Yonge St. Blue Night bus (Steeles Ave. 
To Queens Quay). This bus will let you off right across the street on Bay St. 
only steps from the ferry docks entrance. 


For ferry schedules - check - 
http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island/ferry-schedule.htm 

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


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


=============================================================================================================== 

NOTE 1: – For those who arrive at the docks early or need the fix there is a 
Tim Hortons across from the ferry dock entrance just east of the corner of Bay 
St. and Queens Quay and the Food Court in the building on the northwest corner 
of Queens Quay and Bay Street is now open and this too has a Tim Horton’s.. 

NOTE 2:- If you want to learn more about birding on the Toronto Islands you can 
access my Toronto Islands Birding And Site Guide on the OFO web site at:- 

http://www.ofo.ca/site/page/view/articles.torontoislands 

Take Note:- The Islands are not people friendly in the winter - Only 1 ferry 
(Ward’s Island). 

- No refreshment facilities what so ever. 
- No Picnic Tables. 
- Any bench that you are lucky enough to find will not be cleaned of snow, etc. 

- Only 2 washrooms – 1 on Wards straight out from the ferry dock and 1 on 
Centre Island 

between the bridge and the school and these are only open because of 
the presence of park employees. 
- No police presence. 
- There is Para-medic service at the Fire Station. 
- There are pay phones and if an emergency arises then you need not pay any 
money to use 

them for a 911 call. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:- During the Winter only the ferry to Ward’s Island is 
operating (as noted above) but if ice or wind conditions are not favourable for 
docking at Ward’s Island the ferry will dock at Hanlan’s Point with a bus 
available at the dock for those that want to go to Ward’s or Centre Islands. 
You may catch this same bus back to Hanlan’s later BUT if the winds or ice 
conditions change while you are over there the ferry will switch back to 
Ward’s without any notice at all unless you happen to talk to someone in the 
know. It is not very nice to have to walk all the way back the 5 kms from 
Hanlan’s after you realize the boat isn’t coming. 


Norm Murr
Richmond Hill
Ontario, Canada

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

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Subject: Pied-billed grebes at Topham Pond
From: greenravenphotography AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:05:59 -0400
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Subject: White-winged Crossbill at our feeder in northcentral Elgin County
From: Dave Martin <damartin AT xplornet.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:49:22 -0400
Here's a head's-up on an unexpected sighting of a White-winged Crossbill 
at our feeder this morning in north central Elgin County north of Aylmer 
and southeast of London.

Perhaps others are moving today across the south or will do so in the 
next few days.

The bird was a female plumaged White-winged Crossbill which landed on 
our feeder but only remained for about 15 seconds: just enough time to 
nail the field marks and get a couple of crappy photos.

Dave and Linda
Harrietsville, ON
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Subject: Juvenile Pacific Loon at Point Pelee...
From: Steve Pike <stevepike.com AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:58:19 -0400
We are currently watching a juvi pacific loon swimming at the tip as
originally spotted by Alan Wormington, the rest of us were "asleep at the
wheel".

This might be the same individual I spotted yesterday at Hillman Beach
around 4pm which I didn't bother posting cause it disappeared after a 5min
view.

Perhaps it will stick around at the tip for awhile, good luck!

Steve Pike
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Subject: Le Contes Sparrow, jarvis sewage lagoons, oct
From: Leonard Manning <olivesided AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:32:56 -0400
Oct 26

Andrew Keaveney and I have discovered a le contes sparrow at Jarvis sewage
lagoons. Its working the cat tails of cell 1 north east corner currently.
Walk the lagoon and it should flush.

Hwy 6 to Jarvis east on Talbot first right after john street after wabisa
sign. Looks like a driveway. Drive south till u see ponds..

Len Manning
Andrew Keaveney

289-456-6502
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Subject: Saturday Oct 25 - 2014 OFO Trip - Ottawa River
From: Nina Stavlund <festblues AT ymail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 05:50:09 -0700
Under overcast skies and persistent drizzle,12 adventurous birders came 
together for an afternoon exploration of the Ottawa River. 

With the river's high water level, bird activity seemed very slow. 
There was no shorebird habitat, and waterfowl were hiding in sheltered bays.
Regardless, we tallied a total of 37 species.

We started at Andrew Haydon Park. A trip highlight here was getting extremely 
close to a juvenile American Brant. 

At Shirley's Bay Boat Launch, we found a Red-necked Grebe and White-winged 
Scoter at a distance, 

Walking around the scrub at Hilda Road we observed an incomplete albino 
American Robin with small numbers of American Tree Sparrows and Juncos. 

The sun began to break through the clouds by 4:30pm. That's when we reached the 
Moodie Drive Quarry Pond. 

Here among the thousands of Canada Geese, we found 5 Snow Geese, 2 Cackling 
Geese, 1 Am Coot, 1 Redhead, many Ring-necked Ducks and Ruddy Ducks. 


Species List
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Cackling Goose
American Brant
American Black Duck
Mallard
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-necked Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird



Tony Beck & Nina Stavlund
Always An Adventure Inc.
http://alwaysanadventure.ca
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Subject: Fox Sparrow
From: Selena Flynn <selenaflynn AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:15:08 -0400
Sorry for the late notice. Saw that someone posted a recent sighting of a FS 
and don't know if it is worthy to mention. 


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


Selena

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

James Gardens is located at 61 Edgehill Rd, Toronto

Noah Cole,
Don Mills, Toronto,
Ontario

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Jeremy Hatt

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

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


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

Raptor Observations:


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

Predictions:
Sunny w/ west winds throughout the day gusting up to 20km/h and
temperatures up to 14C in the afternoon. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jeremy Hatt (hattjeremy AT hotmail.com)
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Subject: Brant at Bluffers Park, Scarborough
From: Rick Lauzon <rlauzon AT total.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:53:06 -0400
Three Brant were swimming a few feet off shore at the western tips of the park 
at about 6PM today (near the very scenic sand bluff cliffs). 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Don Sherwood

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Greg Smith, Jonathan Stein

Visitors:
35+


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

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

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

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


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

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

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




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

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

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

 
cheers
 
 


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


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


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


Good birding,

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

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


Highlights:

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


Season to date banding totals:

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

Countdown to 1,000,000 = 949,204


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E-news. Your best source for 
information about the birds and birding sites around Long Point can be found in 
A Birding Guide to the Long Point Area by Ron Ridout available 
here. 

Good birding,

Stu

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Motus Wildlife Tracking System Manager
LPBO Program Manager
Long Point Bird Observatory - Bird Studies Canada/Etudes d'Oiseaux Canada
PO Box 160, 115 Front Rd. Port Rowan, Ontario. N0E 1M0.
(519)-586-3531 X 162(office), Fax:586-3532, Mobile:820-6040
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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (24 Oct 2014) 1869 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 24 Oct 2014 22:10:44 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Donna Bedard, Larry Ludwicki

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Have a great weekend.
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC








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

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

Total:                     169          33578         111302
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jim Dunn

Observers:        Don Campbell, Keith Sealy, Mary Carnahan

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


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

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

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



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

Predictions:
Saturday is forecast to be nice weatherwise and windy...BUT the winds will
be out of the W which will scatter the flight.  There will be birds on the
move but a large flight right at the hawkwatch is unlikely.  Sunday
continues to look like a decent flight day but with predominantly NW and
WNW winds the flight should be better.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
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 Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
From: Tim McCarthy <timmccarthy_5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:00:14 -0400
from Tim Mccarthy via Ontbirds
 
Today a bunch of folks came out to the Hill to see for themselves if we could 
possibly get 3 good days of hawkwatching in a row. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, John Elliott

Visitors:
2


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

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

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

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


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

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ron Pittaway
Toronto ON


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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



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

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            2271          25534          25654
Osprey                       0             35            118
Bald Eagle                  14             41             99
Northern Harrier            30            252            645
Sharp-shinned Hawk         398           4228           8804
Cooper's Hawk               18            184            254
Northern Goshawk             3              9             10
Red-shouldered Hawk        192            347            347
Broad-winged Hawk            0            155          70719
Red-tailed Hawk            611           1743           1769
Rough-legged Hawk            2              4              4
Golden Eagle                10             23             23
American Kestrel            13            703           2448
Merlin                       2             34             76
Peregrine Falcon             0            117            162
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                    3564          33409         111133
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jim Dunn

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

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


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

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



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

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



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

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



Saturday will likely be similar but with stronger SW winds again scattering
the flight inland. Finally, on Sunday the forecast is for strong NW winds
which would make for a better push of the flight down to the hawkwatch
area.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brown (thebrowns AT ezlink.on.ca)
Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch information may be found at:
http://www.ezlink.on.ca/~thebrowns/HawkCliff/index.htm



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Subject: HSR: Holiday Beach Conservation Area (23 Oct 2014) 1864 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 23 Oct 2014 22:10:48 -0400
Holiday Beach Conservation Area
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

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

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


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

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

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

Predictions:
Winds up to 15km/h from the SW and W with partial cloud cover. Some of the
birds may be pushed past us to the north side of the marsh.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jenna McDermott (jmcdermo AT mail.uoguelph.ca)
Holiday Beach Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/



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Subject: High Park Hawkwatch Thurs.Oct.23, 2014
From: Tim McCarthy <timmccarthy_5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:16:32 -0400
from Tim Mccarthy via Ontbirds:
 
One of the Cardinal Rules (sorry) of Birding says that you can't have 2 really 
good days in a row. I'll buy that one, but how about 1 really good followed by 
1 pretty good? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

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

Visitors:
6


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

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

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

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


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

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

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




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Subject: Ottawa/Gatineau - October 23, 2014 - Recent Reports
From: Bob Cermak <robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:31:45 -0400
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (National Capital Region) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler and transcriber:
Bob Cermak at robertcermak9 AT hotmail.com or sightings AT ofnc.ca

Recent reports to October 23, 2014

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

-- 
Fred Helleiner
186 Bayshore Road
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5309
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Subject: Black Vulture, Evening Grosbeak and Oregon Junco at Cranberry Marsh, 23-Oct-2014
From: "Geoff Carpentier" <geoff.carpentier AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:13:13 -0400
Today was excellent at the hawk - 63 species including a low flying Black 
Vulture which was photographed at about 2 p.m.

Other hawks included:

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

18 spp of waterfowl including:

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

Other stuff:

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

Monarchs - 4 and Red Admiral - 1

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

The data will be submitted to HMANA and eBird.

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

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

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


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



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

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


Thanks,

Lynne

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

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

Total:                    4099          29845         107569
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Dave Brown

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

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


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

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



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



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

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



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

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


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



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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Jenna McDermott

Observers:        Jim McCoy

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Good Evening

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

Happy birding
Mark Olivier

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

Dan Burton,
Gravenhurst

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

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

Visitors:
1


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

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

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

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


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

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

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




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


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


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


Cheers,

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

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

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


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

Viva Canada!!

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


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


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



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






























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