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18 Mar: @ 18:30:42 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (18 Mar 2019) 84 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
18 Mar: @ 11:35:05 
Two Adult Eastern Meadowlarks [Greg McIntosh via ONTBIRDS]
18 Mar: @ 09:10:36 
Common Raven near Stratford [Antony John via ONTBIRDS]
17 Mar: @ 21:11:21 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (17 Mar 2019) 168 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
17 Mar: @ 13:44:26 
Re: Bewick’s Swan [Sarah Richer via ONTBIRDS]
16 Mar: @ 17:02:14 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (16 Mar 2019) 36 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
16 Mar: @ 11:16:46 
Black Vulture in Toronto [Greg Stuart via ONTBIRDS]
16 Mar: @ 10:35:02 
Bewick’s Swan [Joanne Redwood via ONTBIRDS]
16 Mar: @ 06:31:30 
Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, March 16th, 2019 [Cheryl Edgecombe via ONTBIRDS]
15 Mar: @ 18:54:05 
Kingston Area Birds: 9th - 15th March 2019 [Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS]
15 Mar: @ 18:35:22 
Toronto Islands [Norm Murr via ONTBIRDS]
15 Mar: @ 17:25:53 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (15 Mar 2019) 57 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
15 Mar: @ 16:07:31 
Bewicks Swan, aylmer wildlife management area [Cheryl via ONTBIRDS]
15 Mar: @ 10:33:00 
Presqu'ile Bird Report for 8-14 Mar 2019 [Doug McRae via ONTBIRDS]
15 Mar: @ 10:01:25 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (12 Mar 2019) 11 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
14 Mar: @ 21:24:49 
Re: Your confirmation is required to leave the ONTBIRDS mailing list [Bill Knudsen via ONTBIRDS]
14 Mar: @ 20:40:42 
Algonquin Park Birding Report: 7 to 14 March 2019 [Ron Tozer via ONTBIRDS]
14 Mar: @ 19:31:03 
Re: Mew Gull - Essex-Windsor Regional Landfill [Jeremy Bensette via ONTBIRDS]
14 Mar: @ 18:50:48 
Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to March 14, 2019 [Gregory Zbitnew via ONTBIRDS]
14 Mar: @ 18:31:38 
Re: Mew Gull - Essex-Windsor Regional Landfill [Jeremy Bensette via ONTBIRDS]
14 Mar: @ 18:14:06 
Red wing Blackbirds in Aurora... [Philippa Hajdu via ONTBIRDS]
14 Mar: @ 17:59:27 
Spring arrivals Frankford Ontario [Michael Williamson via ONTBIRDS]
14 Mar: @ 16:27:58 
Merlin, Herring Gull ,Sundridge [Stephen O'Donnell via ONTBIRDS]
14 Mar: @ 16:04:12 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (14 Mar 2019) Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
14 Mar: @ 15:49:34 
Mew Gull - Essex-Windsor Regional Landfill [Jeremy Hatt via ONTBIRDS]
13 Mar: @ 22:02:00 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (13 Mar 2019) 8 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
11 Mar: @ 21:50:21 
Mixed waterfowl near Leamington [Joyce Collier-Brown via ONTBIRDS]
11 Mar: @ 15:32:50 
Location correction [Joyce Collier-Brown via ONTBIRDS]
11 Mar: @ 13:34:55 
(no subject) [Barbara Martin via ONTBIRDS]
11 Mar: @ 12:27:39 
Ontario Bird Records Committee - AGM (April 7, 2019), call for elections [Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS]
11 Mar: @ 10:50:41 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (10 Mar 2019) 2 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
09 Mar: @ 17:22:35 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (09 Mar 2019) 7 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
08 Mar: @ 22:38:28 
Algonquin Park Birding Report: 28 February to 7 March 2019 [Ron Tozer via ONTBIRDS]
08 Mar: @ 17:56:10 
Kingston Area Birds: 2nd - 8th March 2019 [Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS]
08 Mar: @ 16:47:35 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (08 Mar 2019) 6 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
08 Mar: @ 10:11:38 
Presqu'ile Bird Report for 1-7 March 2019 [Doug McRae via ONTBIRDS]
07 Mar: @ 16:37:15 
Ottawa/ Gatineau: Recent sightings to March 7, 2019 [Gregory Zbitnew via ONTBIRDS]
07 Mar: @ 15:34:25 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (07 Mar 2019) 3 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
07 Mar: @ 09:45:18 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (06 Mar 2019) 4 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
06 Mar: @ 09:10:47 
2018-2019 Ontario winter list summary [Josh Vandermeulen via ONTBIRDS]
05 Mar: @ 15:00:44 
Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery - Volunteers wanted! [Hazel Wheeler via ONTBIRDS]
05 Mar: @ 11:56:20 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (05 Mar 2019) Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
04 Mar: @ 16:56:36 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (04 Mar 2019) 6 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
03 Mar: @ 17:03:22 
12 Sandhill cranes at Hwy 35/115 and 401 [George Tuck via ONTBIRDS]
02 Mar: @ 10:45:35 
St. Catharines Snowy Owl [astrid akkerman via ONTBIRDS]
02 Mar: @ 09:41:00 
Presqu'ile Bird Report for 22-28 Feb 2019 [Doug McRae via ONTBIRDS]
02 Mar: @ 07:02:52 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (01 Mar 2019) 17 Raptors [reports--- via ONTBIRDS]
01 Mar: @ 22:16:38 
Harry Kerr - 100th Birthday [Glenn Coady via ONTBIRDS]
01 Mar: @ 17:54:11 
Kingston Area Birds: 23rd February - 1st March 2019 [Mark D. Read via ONTBIRDS]
01 Mar: @ 10:25:40 
Algonquin Park Birding Report: 21 to 28 February 2019 [Ron Tozer via ONTBIRDS]





Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (18 Mar 2019) 84 Raptors
Date: Mon Mar 18 2019 18:30 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 18, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 35 207 207
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 3 10 10
Northern Harrier 0 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 6 6
Cooper's Hawk 1 9 9
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 16 47 47
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 23 113 113
Rough-legged Hawk 0 5 5
Golden Eagle 0 3 3
American Kestrel 1 3 3
Merlin 0 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 1 2 2
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 1 1

Total: 84 414 414
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: John Stevens

Observers: Bruce Campbell, Craig Corcoran, Don Cunliffe, Matt Mills,
Simon Carter

Visitors:
In addition to those recorded as assisting the count, there were others who
helped including Terri and Mike Kershaw, John Hogeveen and Ian Smith.


Weather:
Cool but seasonable. Mostly cloudy to begin and mostly sunny by the end
but with a couple of very brief, light flurries in the early afternoon.
Winds from the southwest to start and swinging around to the northwest
during the day, being light to moderate.

Raptor Observations:
Very slow in the morning when some birds may have been passing out of sight
over the lake plain. A few birds were quite high and some were well to the
north but a few made nice passes near the tower. Two SS landed in trees
nearby. One TV went round and round. Fourth BE seen heading east after
coming in from the south.

Non-raptor Observations:
Well over a hundred Tundra Swans in several flocks and probably more Canada
Geese and many American Robins with other sightings of Killdeer,
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Horned Lark and Song Sparrow.

Predictions:
Similar temps, clouds and wind strength suggest a repeat of today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by John Stevens ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. 2019 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!



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Subject: Two Adult Eastern Meadowlarks
Date: Mon Mar 18 2019 11:35 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Seen on Amherst Island yesterday afternoon along Front Rd, East of Stella...a sure sign of Spring!!
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Subject: Common Raven near Stratford
Date: Mon Mar 18 2019 9:10 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Good morning
I just had a Common Raven fly over our farm, heading southwest. The bird
was calling as it flew. Our farm (Soiled Reputation) is about 6km west of
Stratford, 1 km north of hwy#8, on road 130. Yesterday we also had a flock
of 5 Eastern Meadowlarks briefly stop over, also not a common bird for our
immediate area.
Antony John
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Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (17 Mar 2019) 168 Raptors
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 21:11 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 75 172 172
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 2 7 7
Northern Harrier 1 2 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 3 3
Cooper's Hawk 4 8 8
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 28 31 31
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 49 90 90
Rough-legged Hawk 1 5 5
Golden Eagle 3 3 3
American Kestrel 0 2 2
Merlin 0 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 2 4 4
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 1 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 168 330 330
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Rob Spaul

Observers:

Visitors:
Lots of great visitors today! Special thanks to Katherine Stoltz for all
her help and great first weekend of training! Great help spotting from
Jerry Wright, John Hogeveen, Liam Thorne, Joshua Thorne, Dennis Lewington,
Dave Michielsen and Jenny Brooks. Bob Stamp and friend made a brief visit
and got to see one of the 3 GOEAs of the day.


Weather:
Beautiful sunny morning, with variable breezes, from E, then SW, then N,
before settling into W/SW winds around noon (EST). Partly cloudy then
becoming mostly cloudy, but never overcast (as forecast).

Raptor Observations:
Fantastic spring migration day. First of year GOEAs (2 adult, 1 sub-adult),
and first big push of RSHAs (mostly adults). One Black Vulture arrived at
14:35 (13:35 EST), and basically did a large arcing u-turn in front of the
observation site, before heading S/SW, so it is not currently included in
the official count (as it was not heading at least "northish"). 1 adult, 1
juvenile (SY) PEFA migrants, no AMKEs or MERLs though.

Non-raptor Observations:
A pair of Sandhill Cranes, lots of Common Grackles arriving. Horned Lark
flyovers. Local COHA and RTHAs active, both seen displaying. Typical
residents and early spring arrivals.

Predictions:
Tomorrow looks to be pretty similar for weather, though a bit cooler.
Hopefully migration continues in this upward trajectory!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rob Spaul ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. 2019 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!



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Subject: Bewick’s Swan
Date: Sun Mar 17 2019 13:44 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Bewicks Swan still present at Aylmer Wildlife Management Area right now (Sunday March 17, 2:40 pm).

Eastern Meadowlark also present, heard singing beside the WMAs parking area.

From 401, take exit 203 south to Aylmer; turn left (east) to go to Springfield, follow the signs to the WMA.

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> Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
> Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
> Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2019
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture 0 0 0
> Turkey Vulture 24 97 97
> Osprey 0 0 0
> Bald Eagle 0 5 5
> Northern Harrier 0 1 1
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
> Cooper's Hawk 1 4 4
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 2 3 3
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
> Red-tailed Hawk 8 41 41
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 4 4
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
> American Kestrel 0 2 2
> Merlin 0 2 2
> Peregrine Falcon 1 2 2
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
>
> Total: 36 162 162
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Observation start time: 08:00:00
> Observation end time: 15:00:00
> Total observation time: 6.5 hours
>
> Official Counter: Phil Waggett
>
> Observers: Catherine Manschot, Lauren Booker
>
> Visitors:
> Catherine Manschot and Lauren Booker helped with the count today.
>
>
> Weather:
> Chilly day with brisk westerly winds, frequent snow showers and flurries.
> Mostly cloudy.
>
> Raptor Observations:
> A small flight today dominated by turkey vultures and red-tailed hawks. A
> lone peregrine falcon was the highlight of the day. At 11:05, a juvenile
> bald eagle (year one) was
> observed flying east and was not counted. A local red-tail along the
> escarpment was active.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Very light migratory activity today, apart from robins and a few small
> flocks of red-wings and grackles. The highlight was a pair of sandhill
> cranes that flew over the site at around 11:15 heading west. Also noted
> was a partially leucistic robin with a nice white tail.
>
> Predictions:
> Likely a continuation of today's flight. Lighter westerly winds and a mix
> of sun/cloud are forecast with snow flurries developing into the afternoon.
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Phil Waggett ([email protected])
> Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
> http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...
>
>
> More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....
>
> Site Description:
> Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
> Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
> counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
> counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
> for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
> identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
> wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
> black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
> platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
> five or six observers would be on it.
>
> The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
> Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
> tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
> outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
> and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
> present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
> display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
> enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
> as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.
>
>
>
> Directions to site:
> To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
> St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
> West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
> the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
> parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
> car.
>
> Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. ?2019 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.
>
> 2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (16 Mar 2019) 36 Raptors
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 17:02 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 24 97 97
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 5 5
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 1 4 4
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 3 3
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 8 41 41
Rough-legged Hawk 0 4 4
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 2 2
Merlin 0 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 1 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 36 162 162
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Phil Waggett

Observers: Catherine Manschot, Lauren Booker

Visitors:
Catherine Manschot and Lauren Booker helped with the count today.


Weather:
Chilly day with brisk westerly winds, frequent snow showers and flurries.
Mostly cloudy.

Raptor Observations:
A small flight today dominated by turkey vultures and red-tailed hawks. A
lone peregrine falcon was the highlight of the day. At 11:05, a juvenile
bald eagle (year one) was
observed flying east and was not counted. A local red-tail along the
escarpment was active.

Non-raptor Observations:
Very light migratory activity today, apart from robins and a few small
flocks of red-wings and grackles. The highlight was a pair of sandhill
cranes that flew over the site at around 11:15 heading west. Also noted
was a partially leucistic robin with a nice white tail.

Predictions:
Likely a continuation of today's flight. Lighter westerly winds and a mix
of sun/cloud are forecast with snow flurries developing into the afternoon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Phil Waggett ([email protected])
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. 2019 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!



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Subject: Black Vulture in Toronto
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 11:16 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Just had a Black Vulture fly over Col. Samuel Smith Park. From the QEW/Lakeshore take Kipling Ave as far south as you can go.

Last seen flying off to the northeast.

Greg Stuart
Toronto, Ontario
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Subject: Bewick’s Swan
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 10:35 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
The Bewicks Swan is still present at Aylmer Wildlife Management Centre.
Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Hamilton Naturalists Club Birding Report - Saturday, March 16th, 2019
Date: Sat Mar 16 2019 6:31 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
KILLDEER
TREE SWALLOW
RUSTY BLACKBIRD


Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
King Eider
Ruffed Grouse
Red-throated Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Sandhill Crane
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Snowy Owl
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird


Finally there is a sign of hope that winter will indeed end as there was a
significant movement of birds in the last week of early spring migrants.
Highlighted at the top are not rarities but first spring migrants this week.
More GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE came in with the warm push and one was seen
on Wednesday for a first over the Hawkwatch at Beamer Conservation Area.
Three more were seen along Powerline Road on the mountain. Yesterday two
BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen from Woodland Cemetery along the edge of the ice.
One of the same or perhaps a different bird was noted later on down at
LaSalle Marina. KILLDEER were arriving in droves on Thursday, setting up
territory in a number of places but particularly noted in Saltfleet and St.
George. The first TREE SWALLOW daringly arrived yesterday and was seen
battling strong winds at Powerline Road and 5th Road East in Saltfleet.
Lastly, last week a single RUSTY BLACKBIRD was photographed on March 8th at
the Desjardins Canal near the butterfly gardens.

There are lots of places to go to see migrants finally. Most of the birds
arriving are puddle ducks and blackbirds. On the Hamilton Harbour and over
Woodland Cemetery yesterday many Wood Ducks, American Wigeon, Gadwall,
Shoveller, Green-winged Teal and Northern Pintail could be found along the
edge of the ice. Some of the same mix could be found in the flooded fields
on the mountain and in Saltfleet with areas around Powerline Road and 5th
Road East being very productive. Also seen on the Hamilton Harbour were
arrivals of Pied-billed, Red-necked and Horned Grebes. Red-throated Loons
continue to be seen on the Harbour with new arrivals coming in daily while
other birds move on.

Tundra Swans have been reported over a widespread area in the Hamilton Study
Area, their calls a welcoming sign of spring. Canada Geese too have been
moving with Cackling Geese being seen mixed in their flocks. A total of 18
Cackling Geese were seen near Powerline Road and 5th Road East on Thursday.

Sandhill Cranes are moving as well with one heard over a house in Dundas on
Wednesday and seen at the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch at Beamer. Great Blue
Herons have started to arrive with two reported in Binbrook and other
reports around the area.

The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch located at Beamer Conservation Area in
Grimsby will be ramping up over the next weeks. A slow trickle of Turkey
Vultures, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed and Rough-legged Hawks were noted this
past week. The first Red-shouldered Hawk arrived yesterday, more to come.
Also of note were three species of Falcon including American Kestrel, Merlin
and Peregrine Falcon. The Hawkwatch is still looking for counters and
counters on duty are always looking for an extra pair of eyes.

Blackbirds were streaming in over the past few days with Red-winged
Blackbird, Common Grackle and Brown-headed Cowbirds all setting up and
singing on territories as they do so early in the season.

In the odds and sods this week a King Eider was seen and photographed by a
group at Jones Road last weekend. This species has been a little scarce
this year. Ruffed Grouse were seen along Lennon Road in north Flamborough
two weeks ago, they should be a little easier to hear drumming now that the
weather has turned. A Snowy Owl has returned to the docks at Bronte Harbour
although difficult to spot at times. Iceland Gulls were seen at Bronte and
Oakville Harbours in the week. A Glaucous Gull was seen on Hamilton
Harbour. A Northern Shrike was seen on 10th Road East on the north side of
the tracks yesterday. Common Ravens are being reported in growing numbers
with a few reports coming from Grimsby over the last week. They are likely
tending to nest. There appears to be a pair also nesting at the transformer
station again seen from the 403 at Brant Street. A single Yellow-rumped
Warbler seems to be the sole survivor over the winter at Sedgewick Park in
Oakville.

That's the news this week, now that things are starting to happen, reports
will be more frequent but sightings are needed to make a report so please
send along.

Looking forward to the next weeks!
Cheryl Edgecombe
HNC








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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 9th - 15th March 2019
Date: Fri Mar 15 2019 18:54 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders using eBird are encouraged to share their
sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email or post records
directly to me - contact details below. Please note that some sightings may
require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.



Highlights:

So, the cold winter weather finally broke this week and a big thaw ensued.
Lake Ontario is still frozen but it shouldn't be long before it and other
water bodies open up. Southerly winds also brought in the first wave of
(overdue) migrants. Here are the highlights of the last week:



SNOW GOOSE - a lone bird was seen on Amherst Island on 14th.

TRUMPETER SWAN - Birds are already starting to spread out as they look for
opening waters. This week's high count is from 9th when 28 were still
present at Lower Brewers Lock.

WOOD DUCK - Early arrivals (10) were seen at Belle Park, Kingston, on 14th
with 20 there today (15th).

BARROW'S GOLDENEYE - Last week's male at Fishers Landing, NY, was last seen
on 9th.

KILLDEER - birds were seen at several locations on 14th with a high of 4
noted on Amherst Island.

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT - the first of the year was seen at Belle Island,
Kingston, on 14th.

TURKEY VULTURE - slow to arrive, singles were seen at Napanee and
Harrowsmith on 9th, with 1 on Amherst on 13th and 2 at Gananoque on 15th.

SNOWY OWL - numbers have dropped from a high of 31 on Amherst Island on 9th
to just 3 on 14th. There were no reports from Wolfe Island this week. If you
do find one, please keep your distance to reduce negative impacts and always
respect private property.

PEREGRINE FALCON - Kingston's downtown bird was seen on 4 occasions this
week.

HERMIT THRUSH - what was presumably the overwintering individual was seen at
Marshlands CA, Kingston, on 9th.

EVENING GROSBEAK - 2 birds were seen on Howe Island on 13th, with another 2
at a private feeder, just north of Kingston on the same date.

PINE GROSBEAK - 2 were seen at Little Cataraqui Creek CA, Kingston, on 9th,
with 4 near Inverary on 14th.

COMMON REDPOLL - there were continued widespread sightings across the region
this week, with up to 300 birds being consistently seen at a feeder near
Verona.

SNOW BUNTING - there were widespread sightings this week but in low numbers.
A high of 45 birds was noted near Brewers Mills on 10th.

FIELD SPARROW - 3 birds were photographed at Gananoque on 10th.

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD - singles were noted near Murvale on 11th and in
Kingston on 13th but by 14th they were widespread.

COMMON GRACKLE - with singles on Amherst on 9th and Howe Island on 12th,
birds were being seen more widely by 14th/15th.



In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property in the recording
area, Kingston Field Naturalists has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings
Policy
. Please note that you must be a card-carrying member of Kingston Field
Naturalists (KFN), or be accompanied by a member, to access both the Martin
Edwards Reserve and Amherstview Sewage Lagoons.



As always, a big thank you goes to all those who have submitted sightings
directly or via eBird.



Mark.



Mark D. Read

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0

Canada



Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: [email protected]

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Subject: Toronto Islands
Date: Fri Mar 15 2019 18:35 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Today Bob Tyler and I birded part of the Toronto Islands and despite the flip in the weather forecast we did okay with 42 species found and following are some of them.

21 Waterfowl species including Pied -billed Grebe, Trumpeter Swans, Gadwalls, Canvasbacks, Redheads, Ring-necked Ducks, both Scaup, White-winged Scoters, all three Mergansers, Ruddy Duck, Coopers and Red-tailed Hawks, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Common Ravens, Brown Creepers, Eastern Bluebirds, many Robins, Grackles, and Red-winged Blackbirds, Tree Sparrows, Song Sparrows and Cowbirds.

Ring-necked Ducks, Redheads, Canvasbacks, Greater and Lesser Scaup, White-winged Scoters and Common Mergansers were there in good size numbers.

Norm Murr
Richmond Hill, ON

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Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (15 Mar 2019) 57 Raptors
Date: Fri Mar 15 2019 17:25 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 15, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 43 73 73
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 5 5
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 1 1
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 9 33 33
Rough-legged Hawk 0 4 4
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 2 2
Merlin 2 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 57 126 126
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Tom Thomas

Observers:

Visitors:
Joe Ventura, Eric Single, Bruce Campbell and Janet and Stan from Guelph.


Weather:
Strong gusty south west winds most of the day. Light rain showers in the
afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures started moving through despite the winds. The first
Red-shouldered Hawk of the season was spotted, and three falcon species
were recorded

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Raven, Northern Pintail (11), Wood Duck (8),Tundra Swan (25), Common
Merganser, and many Killdeer.
A White-tailed Deer walked right passed the viewing tower and into the
woods. I was on the ground at the time and it just walked right passed me
(I hate being ignored).

Predictions:
Could be good
========================================================================
Report submitted by Tom Thomas ([email protected])
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. 2019 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!



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Subject: Bewicks Swan, aylmer wildlife management area
Date: Fri Mar 15 2019 16:07 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Mourad Jabra phoned and sent pictures to me of an apparent Bewick's swan in a large group of Tundra Swans at Aylmer Wildlife Management area today. Interesting bird although I'm not sure if it's status in Ontario.

Thought I would put the word out for interest.

Cheryl for Mourad Jabra

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Subject: Presqu'ile Bird Report for 8-14 Mar 2019
Date: Fri Mar 15 2019 10:33 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Presquile Bird Report for 8-14 March 2019

By Doug McRae

HIGHLIGHTS: BIRDS! CACKLING GOOSE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, KILLDEER, CAROLINA WREN, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, BOHEMIAN WAXWING


Finally spring has arrived with a flood of waterfowl, huge numbers of gulls on Gull Is., and lots of migrants. Presquile Bay is open to Calf Pasture but the ice is going dark and will likely open further very soon; Popham Bay, off the beach, is still frozen to Gull Is. Conditions should be excellent for this weekends Waterfowl Viewing Weekend, hosted by Presquile Park and the Friends of Presquile. Note that the islands are now closed to the public until fall to ensure colonial nesting birds are not harassed.


There has been a huge influx of waterfowl both in terms of overall numbers and species diversity. Two CACKLING GEESE flew over the gate on 14 Mar. They were part of a massive eastward movement of CANADA GEESE on the same day that saw 4000 fly over Owen Pt in one hour on 14 Mar. A lone TRUMPETER SWAN was with dozens of MUTE SWANS on 13 Mar. The first WOOD DUCK report was two on 11 Mar building to 11 by 14 Mar. First dates of various puddle ducks included a GADWALL on 12 Mar, one AMERICAN WIGEON on 11 Mar, a NORTHERN SHOVELER on 10 Mar, 8 NORTHERN PINTAIL on 13 Mar, and a GREEN-WINGED TEAL on 13 Mar. In addition to the first dates, a very high count of 185 MALLARD was reported on 13 Mar.


Diving ducks have ballooned in numbers with REDHEAD and GREATER SCAUP making up 90% of the totals with high counts of 2500 and 3000 respectively on 13 Mar. CANVASBACKS peak count to date was 65 on 13 Mar. A few RING-NECKED DUCKS are mixed in starting on 12 Mar and a single LESSER SCAUP was spotted on 13 Mar. HOODED MERGANSERS have also joined their two more common cousins with the first five seen on 11 Mar.


The first PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen near the Lighthouse on 14 Mar. BALD EAGLES have been seen on the ice on Presquile Bay daily with a peak of 4 (1 ad., 3 imm.) on 12 Mar. A large immature accipiter, probably a GOSHAWK, was seen on 14 Mar. A single RED-TAILED HAWK was on High Bluff Is. on 9 and 14 Mar. The first shorebird a KILLDEER- flew over Owen Pt. on 14 Mar. RING-BILLED GULLS have returned to their breeding colony on Gull Is. en mass with an estimated 10,000 there on 14 Mar. The only unusual gulls were single ICELAND GULLS on 11 and 13 Mar. BARRED OWLS continue to be seen at various locations in the park. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was spotted in the Calf Pasture field on 13 Mar.


COMMON RAVENS are now a normal thing to see. Three together at Owen Pt. and a single elsewhere on 14 Mar was the high count. Two BROWN CREEPERS at the base of Owen Pt. on 14 Mar may have been migrants; others have been heard singing from traditional wintering sites. A CAROLINA WREN was a one-day wonder along Bayshore Rd on 8 Mar. Seven EASTERN BLUEBIRDS flew over the gate area on 10 Mar. AMERICAN ROBINS arrived in numbers this week, and the long-staying BROWN THRASHER continues at a Bayshore Rd feeder. EUROPEAN STARLINGS arrived in numbers as well with a high count of 1800 near dusk on 14 Mar. A flock of 70 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS the first locally this winter - touched down briefly near the foot of Huff Rd. (just NW of the gate) on 10 Mar.


A SONG SPARROW singing by the gate on 14 Mar was the only new sparrow. RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS arrived en mass with hundreds by weeks end. The first BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD was seen on 13 Mar and COMMON GRACKLE on 11 Mar. HOUSE FINCHES are more conspicuous now and a small party of up to 20 COMMON REDPOLLS has been noted at Bayshore Rd. feeders.


I would like to suggest caution around the large ice volcano formations that have developed along the south shore. These spectacular formations are especially substantial this year and should be enjoyed for sure. I do not walk out on these for fear they might collapse or calve off, or I might slide off into the water. If that happened and you ended up in the water you would not be able to get back out. Nor can you be seen from shore. I see lots of people taking pictures and exploring the formations from the very edge, which just strikes me a precarious and ill advised.


Directions: Presquile Provincial Park is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, just south of the town of Brighton. It can be reached from either Hwy. 401, or Cty. Rd. 2 and is well signed. A Park map can be found in the information tabloid available at the Park gate. Presquiles two offshore islands Gull and High Bluff support a large multi-species colonial bird nesting area and access is not permitted during the breeding season (10 March-10 September).

Doug McRae
P.O. Box 3010
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5014 H
613-243-4161 C


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Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (12 Mar 2019) 11 Raptors
Date: Fri Mar 15 2019 10:01 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 12, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 5 24 24
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 5 5
Northern Harrier 1 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 3 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 23 23
Rough-legged Hawk 0 4 4
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 11 61 61
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Bouwe Bergsma

Observers: Dylan White

Visitors:
Ron Parker (hawk watcher from 1990ties)


Weather:
100% cloud cover becoming sunny in afternoon
temp.0, going up to 4.
Light westerly winds in morning getting stronger after 2PM

Raptor Observations:
Adult BE at 1.33PM

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Cloudy and warmer, possible rain in afternoon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bouwe Bergsma ([email protected])
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. 2019 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!



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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 7 to 14 March 2019
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 20:40 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
There were a few more signs of eventual spring this week. Temperatures were above freezing for at least part of most days. The average snow depth compacted and melted down to 80 cm from the 83 cm here three weeks ago (whoopee!). Crows are becoming widespread. Ravens were seen carrying nest material. The Canada Jay researchers had found a dozen nests under construction by March 7. One of a pair of BALD EAGLES was seen at an apparent nest at Kiosk in the northern part of Algonquin on March 9. If the nest is used by the eagles, it will be at least the eleventh breeding location known in the Park. Today, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK at km 16 may have been a wintering individual but a MERLIN at the West Gate was probably a migrant. With the exception of the Oxtongue River and Smoke Creek, there is very little open water yet along the Highway 60 Corridor.



BOREAL RESIDENTS: A single SPRUCE GROUSE was observed at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on March 9 and 12. A male BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen on the left side of the road at the curve before the parking lot of the Trailer Sanitation Station on March 12. Two or three BOREAL CHICKADEES were in the forest bordering Mew Lake Campground on March 13 and one was at the Opeongo Road winter gate today. CANADA JAYS continued to be seen most regularly at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, Opeongo Road and the Logging Museum trail.



WINTER FINCHES: Up to 16 PINE GROSBEAKS were seen daily at the Visitor Centre feeders, but lower numbers by weeks end likely indicated the start of birds returning northward. As many as a dozen COMMON REDPOLLS visited the feeders and the continuing Greater Common Redpoll (rostrata) was photographed on a couple of days. A few PINE SISKINS were reported at the Visitor Centre and Mew Lake Campground, perhaps birds on the move. Siskins have been very scarce here this winter. AMERICAN GOLDFINCH reports included about five at the Visitor Centre all week and a dozen at Mew Lake on March 13.



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). The Visitor Centre exhibits, bookstore and restaurant at km 43 are open daily March 15 to 17 and on weekends afterwards from 9 am to 5 pm. The Visitor Centre is also open with limited services on weekdays in winter from 9 am to 4 pm. Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding locations mentioned above) at the East Gate, West Gate or Visitor Centre. Locations are also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca



Ron Tozer, Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired), Dwight, ON.



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Subject: Mew Gull - Essex-Windsor Regional Landfill
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 19:31 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Sorry for another email, but this is a pretty serious rarity in Ontario and a bunch of birders did not get to see it this afternoon. Since my last email the Mew Gull has flown out of sight with most of the Ring-billed Gulls it was with. It is also now pretty dark out so they likely went to roost on the open lake. I am pretty confident that it will be back at the landfill tomorrow.

The Mew Gull stood out well (adult non-breeding plumage) among the hundreds of Ring-billed Gulls for its darker mantle, very thick white tertial crescent, and streaked head vs the clean white heads of virtually all the Ring-billed Gulls it was with, both at the fields across the road from the Essex County Regional Landfill and at Cedar Beach Conservation Area.

These will be locations worth checking tomorrow if searching for the Mew Gull, especially at the fields across the road from the landfill (County Rd 18 between Coulter Rd and McCormick Rd) during business hours, and at Cedar Beach CA (Heritage Rd, aka County Rd 50, west of Kingsville at the mouth of Cedar Creek) in the early morning and evening.

Please be careful if searching along County Rd 18 (consider searching from McCormick Rd where we saw it closest for a brief time), and if stopping for long on its shoulder try to pull over as far as possible without going into the ditch, as this can be a very busy road. Also, please try to position all cars and tripods/birders on the same side of the road. The last thing we want is a crash, injury, or police intervention over poor maneuvering while birding. Birding inside this landfill is not an option.

Great find, Jeremy Hatt!! I mean this in the best way possible when I say that youre on fire at the dump this year!

Good birding,

Jeremy Bensette
Leamington


> On Mar 14, 2019, at 7:30 PM, Jeremy Bensette via ONTBIRDS wrote:
>
> I just refound the Mew Gull at Cedar Beach, Kingsville, Essex County. Im keeping this brief so that those searching can hopefully see it before dark. My current gps coordinates are (42.0104451, -82.7796576) and it is sitting on the ice on Lake Erie at the back edge of the open water at the mouth of this marina.
>
> Jeremy Bensette
>
>
>
>> On Mar 14, 2019, at 4:48 PM, Jeremy Hatt via ONTBIRDS wrote:
>>
>> There is currently a Mew Gull at the Essex-Windsor Regional Landfill.
>>
>> It is in the fields south of the landfill and easiest seen from McCormick side road about 200m south of County rd 18.
>>
>> The Essex Landfill is south of the town of Essex on County Road 18 between McCormick Road and Coulter Side Road. This is west of Arner Townline. The landfill is on the north side of the road but gulls loaf in the fields on the south side. If you search Essex Regional Landfill in Google Maps it does come up.
>>
>> Jeremy Hatt
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Ottawa/ Gatineau: recent sightings to March 14, 2019
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 18:50 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler: Gregory Zbitnew at [email protected]

March 14, 2019

The highlight of the week was 2 (!) BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS, which were
seen briefly north of the Dewberry Trail on the 9th, but were not relocated
despite a lot of searching. 5 GRAY PARTRIDGE were last seen on Hazeldean
Road on the 9th.

Snow and below seasonal temperatures until a small break on the 14th kept
Ottawa in winter conditions. Unfortunately the mild spell will be
short-lived, and the emergence of real spring conditions will likely be
delayed for yet another week. The arrival of RING-BILLED GULLS at their
colony at Britannia were a small sign of spring, but they are not yet
widespread. A GLAUCOUS GULL was at the Trail Road landfill on the 13th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was at Appleton on the 13-14th. Up to 5 LESSER SCAUP
were in Carleton Place, and a BARROWS GOLDENEYE there until the 12th. A
Female BARROWS GOLDENEYE at Britannia most of the week. Other WATERBIRDS
were not notable.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was near Richmond on the 9th, and a GOLDEN EAGLE was
near at Carleton Place on the 14th.

A NORTHERN FLICKER was in Manotick on the 13th. The RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER
continues in the Kitchissippi woods as late as the 12th. One was in the
Dunrobin area on the 9th.

A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD near Richmond on the 10th must surely be a scout for
the hoped for coming flood.

A CAROLINA WREN continues at a feeder in Cumberland as of the 14th.

A HOARY REDPOLL was at the Hilda Road feeders on the 9th. COMMON REDPOLLS
and EVENING GROSBEAKS are present in numbers on Belvedere Road west of
Hammond, with scattered sightings elsewhere. A PINE GROSBEAK continues at
the Conroy Pit.

Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. We encourage everyone
to report their bird sightings on eBird for the benefit of the entire
birding community.



Good birding.
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Subject: Mew Gull - Essex-Windsor Regional Landfill
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 18:31 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
I just refound the Mew Gull at Cedar Beach, Kingsville, Essex County. Im keeping this brief so that those searching can hopefully see it before dark. My current gps coordinates are (42.0104451, -82.7796576) and it is sitting on the ice on Lake Erie at the back edge of the open water at the mouth of this marina.

Jeremy Bensette



> On Mar 14, 2019, at 4:48 PM, Jeremy Hatt via ONTBIRDS wrote:
>
> There is currently a Mew Gull at the Essex-Windsor Regional Landfill.
>
> It is in the fields south of the landfill and easiest seen from McCormick side road about 200m south of County rd 18.
>
> The Essex Landfill is south of the town of Essex on County Road 18 between McCormick Road and Coulter Side Road. This is west of Arner Townline. The landfill is on the north side of the road but gulls loaf in the fields on the south side. If you search Essex Regional Landfill in Google Maps it does come up.
>
> Jeremy Hatt
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Red wing Blackbirds in Aurora...
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 18:14 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
they seemingly arrived late yesterday or early today in our marsh ......the first sign of Spring for me.....a little later this year .the Canada Geese are pairing off as well :)
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Subject: Spring arrivals Frankford Ontario
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 17:59 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hello birders,

Spring must just be around the corner. Today I had a invasion of Grackels,
Red Wings and America Robins. It's about time :<)!

Cheers and Good birding
Mike Williamson
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Subject: Merlin, Herring Gull ,Sundridge
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 16:27 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
With todays warm temperatures there was a big increase in the number of Crows. A pair of very vocal Merlins  most likely the local breeding pair arrived today. This warm weather also brought in the first of the year Herring gulls. There is approx. 90 to 120 cm of snow on the ground at present in the Sundridge area.

Sundridge is located approx. Half way between North Bay and Huntsville on hwy.11
Stephen ODonnell

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Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (14 Mar 2019) Raptors
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 16:04 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 14, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 30 30
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 5 5
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 24 24
Rough-legged Hawk 0 4 4
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 1 1
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 68 68
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Clive Hodder

Observers:

Visitors:
10:20am: Jordan Vallis, Halifax, N.S.
Clive Vallis, St Catharines
12:15am: John Hogeveen, Grimsby. John helped out from 12:15-1:00pm spotting
non-raptors.
12:30am: Andrew Fenton, Petawawa
Kaleigh Fenton (8), Windsor
Tailynn Fenton (11), Windsor.
Kaileigh and Tailynn saw 3 of the Wood Ducks and were very impressed when I
showed them a picture.
Several people walking their dogs.


Weather:
100% cloud cover with occasional hazy sun and small patches of blue sky
(2%) for brief periods. Rain began at 12:30pm and weather socked in by
1:00pm.

Raptor Observations:
No raptor migration today.

Non-raptor Observations:
Local Cooper's Hawk perched in a tree near Beamer Falls on way in. 1
Sandhill Crane and 1 Great Blue Heron flying west early pm. Flock of 6 Wood
Ducks circling the area most of the morning. Killdeer (12), Red-winged
Blackbirds (50+), Common Grackles (30+) American Robins (30+) and
Brown-headed Cowbirds (2) on the move.

Predictions:
Since partial sun is forecast there should be some raptors moving.
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Report submitted by ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. 2019 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!



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Subject: Mew Gull - Essex-Windsor Regional Landfill
Date: Thu Mar 14 2019 15:49 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
There is currently a Mew Gull at the Essex-Windsor Regional Landfill.

It is in the fields south of the landfill and easiest seen from McCormick side road about 200m south of County rd 18.

The Essex Landfill is south of the town of Essex on County Road 18 between McCormick Road and Coulter Side Road. This is west of Arner Townline. The landfill is on the north side of the road but gulls loaf in the fields on the south side. If you search Essex Regional Landfill in Google Maps it does come up.

Jeremy Hatt

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Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (13 Mar 2019) 8 Raptors
Date: Wed Mar 13 2019 22:02 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 13, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 6 25 25
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 4 4
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 23 23
Rough-legged Hawk 0 4 4
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 1 1
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 8 58 58
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Mike Street, Tom Thomas

Observers: Lyn Hanna-Folkes, Tom Thomas

Visitors:
Visitors included Eric Single, one of the founders of the Beamer CA
Hawkwatch, and his friend Angelo; Gerry Wright of Hamilton and his daughter
Debbie King and son-in-law Steve King of Sault Ste. Marie; Mike MacLeod,
Peter Thoem and Simon Carter from the Hamilton-Burlington area.


Weather:
Very disappointing. Instead of sunny and +8-9C temperatures, we had 100%
cloud with temperatures in the +2-4C range.

Raptor Observations:
Very few raptors.

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of birds, most of them migrating. Twenty-eight (28) non-raptor species
including at least one Horned Lark, many American Robins and a mixed flock
of blackbirds. Highlights were two flocks of Tundra Swans, Common Ravens, a
large flight of Pintail Ducks, the first Killdeer of the year, and possibly
the first ever Greater White-fronted Goose seen during the hawk count at
Beamer CA.

Predictions:
Snow, rain and thunderstorms predicted. Not likely to be a very good day,
but .
========================================================================
Report submitted by Mike Street ([email protected])
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. 2019 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!



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Subject: Mixed waterfowl near Leamington
Date: Mon Mar 11 2019 21:50 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
3:45 pm Monday March 11 2019.  There is flock of a couple hundred waterfowl in a wet field on Mersea Rd B immediately west of the Leamington airport.

The most obvious birds are Tundra Swans and Canada Geese. With a scope I could pick out Mallards, Redheads, Pintails, and 6 or 7 Greater White-fronted Geese. Cackling Geese are a good possibility but I'm not 100% - my eyes were streaming in that wind coming right off the Lake Erie ice floes.

Joyce Collier-Brown

Leamington can be reached from the 401 via hwy 77. Follow the signs for Point Pelee but turn left onto Mersea B before you get there.

Pecked out on my iPhone
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Subject: Location correction
Date: Mon Mar 11 2019 15:32 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
The birds are on Mersea 1, the extension of Seacliffe Drive. Sorry.

Joyce C-B

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Subject: (no subject)
Date: Mon Mar 11 2019 13:34 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
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Subject: Ontario Bird Records Committee - AGM (April 7, 2019), call for elections
Date: Mon Mar 11 2019 12:27 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Dear Ontbirds subscribers and OFO members,

The Ontario Bird Records Committee (OBRC) will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 7. The OBRC meets in-person once per year at the AGM, where items up for discussion include the review and final voting on records submitted by the Ontario birding community, a review of the review lists previously identified by past committees (http://ofo.ca/site/Obrc), and the election of new OBRC members.

To provide clarity, I will explain the process determining how individuals are voted onto the OBRC. Any OFO member in good standing can nominate another OFO member, including themselves, to the committee. Each OFO member is allowed to nominate only one person. At the AGM all of the nominees are announced. Each currently serving member of the committee votes privately and ranks each of the nominees in the order that they think would best serve on the committee. The rankings are then tallied up based on everyones votes. Following the AGM, the Chair will contact the candidates regarding their willingness to serve, in order of ranking, until willing candidates for each vacancy have been obtained. The main criteria for selecting suitable candidates are that the individual demonstrates an expert knowledge of the field identification of birds, and is a member in good standing with OFO. The full process is noted in the OBRC Operating Guidelines, found at http://ofo.ca/site/Obrc.

In the past, only currently serving OBRC members were permitted to nominate individuals; however this rule was changed five years ago. Now the nomination process has been opened up to any and all OFO members. It is up to the Ontario birding community to ensure that suitable candidates are put forward as nominees, since the committee members can only select the new members based on the pool of nominees that are provided.

The OBRC looks to the Ontario birding community for comments, suggestions, and critique. The OBRC will be nominating 3 new members to 3 year terms, commencing this year. The OBRC at this time would welcome nominations from OFO members for people to serve on the OBRC. Nominees should be OFO members in good standing, be actively engaged in the Ontario birding community, and positively support the OBRC by submitting rare bird reports. Ideally, nominations will include a few sentences of text providing justification why they believe that this nominee is well suited to serve on the committee.

Additionally, the OBRC would welcome any nominations for additions/deletions to the current OBRC review lists (for all zones and subspecies). In general, species are included the review list if they have fewer than 20 records in 5 years for that review zone.

Nominations for OBRC members and additions/deletions to the review list are required by April 7, 2019. All communication should be directed to obrcsecretary at gmail.com.

Kind regards,

Josh Vandermeulen

OBRC Chair

joshvandermeulen at live.ca

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Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (10 Mar 2019) 2 Raptors
Date: Mon Mar 11 2019 10:50 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 10, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1 18 18
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 4 4
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 21 21
Rough-legged Hawk 0 4 4
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 2 48 48
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Rob Spaul

Observers:

Visitors:
The poor weather prevented any visitors today.


Weather:
Morning rain and heavy wind prevented normal start time, but rain let up
around 8:45, and counting began in earnest. Very strong W winds and
overcast skies generally prevented a flight. Light rain began again at
3:30, and ended the observation effort for the day.

Raptor Observations:
Local COHA and RTHAs sighted.

Non-raptor Observations:
A beautiful adult Glaucous Gull passed right by the observation deck at
9:10. Common Goldeneye, Common Loon and Long-tailed Duck all flew by
throughout the day. A flock of Cedar Waxwings hung out for a much of the
day. Otherwise, typical songbirds were present, but often hunkered down in
strong winds.

Predictions:
Tomorrow's wind forecast looks a little less strong, but still overcast, so
the flight will likely be similarly slow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Rob Spaul ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. 2019 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!



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Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (09 Mar 2019) 7 Raptors
Date: Sat Mar 9 2019 17:22 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 09, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1 17 17
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 3 3
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 4 21 21
Rough-legged Hawk 2 4 4
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 7 46 46
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Phil Waggett

Observers: Lauren Booker

Visitors:
Lauren Booker from Mississauga helped do some spotting between 2 and 3.


Weather:
A nice day for March. Sunny with some high wispy cloud and moderate winds
out of the ENE and E.

Raptor Observations:
Migratory activity was very minimal with a total of 7 birds counted. The
highlight was at 12:20 when two light rough-legged hawks flew over
together. Local redtails were active as was the male coop that showed its
display flight just after 10 am.

Non-raptor Observations:
No other migratory activity was noted today. The only significant
sighting was a raven that was soaring near the escarpment at 2 pm.

Predictions:
Rain is forecast so I would not expect any activity tomorrow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Phil Waggett ([email protected])
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. 2019 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!



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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 28 February to 7 March 2019
Date: Fri Mar 8 2019 22:38 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Continued abnormally cold temperatures and often windy conditions reduced the number of birders

and reports this week. No new spring migrants were observed. A ROCK PIGEON photographed along

the highway edge near Opeongo Road on Mar 6 was very early for this occasional wanderer here. At least

one RUFFED GROUSE was regular near the Visitor Centre feeders.



BOREAL RESIDENTS: A male SPRUCE GROUSE was photographed along Spruce Bog Boardwalk on Mar 3.

Single BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were observed at Spruce Bog Boardwalk on Feb 28 and Mar 3,

and at the Trailer Sanitation Station on Mar 2. BOREAL CHICKADEE reports were of two (Feb 28) and

one (Mar 3) at Spruce Bog Boardwalk. The frequency of calling by this chickadee increases in late February

and March which should make it easier to locate now. CANADA JAY continued to be seen most regularly at

Spruce Bog Boardwalk, Opeongo Road and the Logging Museum trail.



WINTER FINCHES: PINE GROSBEAK daily counts at the Visitor Centre feeders ranged from five to thirteen

birds, with one or two at other locations occasionally. Numbers will start to decline here soon as they return

northward with the onset of warmer temperatures. COMMON REDPOLLS were also daily visitors to the feeders,

with a high of eight by the end of the week. The RED CROSSBILL male and female were last reported at the Visitor

Centre on Mar 1. About five AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES continued to be regular at the feeders.



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).

The Visitor Centre exhibits, bookstore and restaurant at km 43 will be open daily during March Break (March 9 to 17)

from 9 am to 5 pm. Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding locations mentioned above)

at the East Gate, West Gate or Visitor Centre. Locations are also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca



Ron Tozer, Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired), Dwight, ON.





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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 2nd - 8th March 2019
Date: Fri Mar 8 2019 17:56 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders using eBird are encouraged to share their
sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email or post records
directly to me - contact details below. Please note that some sightings may
require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.



A REMINDER RE OWL WOODS: A condition of being allowed continued access to
the Owl Woods is that observations of owls seen there are not posted to the
Internet (in any form) during the current season. Notices explaining the
reasons for this are posted at several locations in the woods. Currently the
landowners allow access but this may change if the rules are broken. I am
happy to answer questions on their behalf privately.



Highlights:

The cold temperatures continued throughout the week though it does look as
though change is on the way with temperatures expected to hover around zero
over the weekend and in to next week. Along with this, occasional southerly
winds will hopefully bring some long-awaited early migrants. Here are the
highlights of the last week:



TRUMPETER SWAN - This week's high count was of 41 birds at Bedford Mills on
3rd.

BARROW'S GOLDENEYE - a male has been present at Fishers Landing, NY, for
most of the week.

TURKEY VULTURE - a single individual was seen on Wolfe Island today, 8th.

SNOWY OWL - 6 birds were seen on Amherst Island on 7th but no more than 1
has been seen on Wolfe Island all week. If you do find one, please keep your
distance to reduce negative impacts and always respect private property.

PEREGRINE FALCON - there was just 1 sighting this week of a bird out by the
401 in Kingston on 4th.

EVENING GROSBEAK - 2 birds continued at a private feeder this week, just
north of Kingston.

PINE GROSBEAK - 2 female birds were seen on Amherst Island on 2nd.

COMMON REDPOLL - there were continued widespread sightings across the region
this week, with up to 350 birds being consistently seen at a feeder near
Verona.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR - no records this week.

SNOW BUNTING - numbers are down, with a high of just 19 on Amherst Island on
19th.

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD - the only birds seen this week were the 9 seen on
Amherst Island on 4th.

RUSTY BLACKBIRD - a presumed wintering bird was seen just north of Kingston
on 6th.



In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property in the recording
area, Kingston Field Naturalists has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings
Policy
. Please note that you must be a card-carrying member of Kingston Field
Naturalists (KFN), or be accompanied by a member, to access both the Martin
Edwards Reserve and Amherstview Sewage Lagoons.



As always, a big thank you goes to all those who have submitted sightings
directly or via eBird.



Mark.



Mark D. Read

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0

Canada



Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: [email protected]

eBird Guidelines for Reporting Sensitive Species




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Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (08 Mar 2019) 6 Raptors
Date: Fri Mar 8 2019 16:47 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 08, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 3 16 16
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 3 3
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 17 17
Rough-legged Hawk 1 2 2
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 6 39 39
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Tom Thomas

Observers: Bouwe Bergsma, Craig Corcoran, Greg Vandervelde

Visitors:
Craig Corcoran, Greg Vandervelde, Erv Overmeyer, Bouwe Bergsma, Don
Blake.

Apologies if I didn't quite get your name right.


Weather:
Mostly clear skies, but a sharp south wind at times. Warmed up slowly by
mid afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
In a word "slow". Conditions promised much, but delivered very little.
Immature Bald Eagle flew east around 3:00 p.m.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not a lot of birds on the move, a couple of Common Ravens, and some high
flying Common Mergansers.

Predictions:
Being optimistic I'd say it should be better than today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Tom Thomas ([email protected])
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. 2019 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!



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Subject: Presqu'ile Bird Report for 1-7 March 2019
Date: Fri Mar 8 2019 10:11 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Presquile Bird Report for 1-7 March 2019

By Doug McRae



HIGHLIGHTS: TURKEY VULTURE, ICELAND GULL, BROWN THRASHER



Another week of cold and two impressive snowfalls kept the winter vibe going but a few undeniable spring signs shone through. The upcoming heat wave on Sunday may well bring in a significant movement of gulls and waterfowl.

The ice in Presquile Bay broke up a little and open water is now inland to the Government Dock and Calf Pasture Pt. The waterfowl situation is pretty much the same as before with maybe a few more REDHEAD and SCAUP in the mix, but we are still waiting for the big influx to arrive. If viewing from the Government Dock on Bayshore Rd, be very careful if you go down the slope to the dock it is totally ice covered under the snow and could lead to a nasty wipe-out.


A single TURKEY VULTURE in Brighton on 1 Mar and two in the Park on 4 Mar seemed especially early this year. At least two BALD EAGLES were feeding on carcasses in Presquile Bay on and off all week. HERRING and small numbers of RING-BILLED GULLS have been seen roosting on the ice throughout the week. Among them was a high count of 5 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS on 3 Mar. An immature ICELAND GULL was spotted on 1 Mar and a white-winged gull not identified to species on 3 Mar could have been it or another.


BARRED OWLS were seen at several sites throughout the week and a SNOWY OWL was sitting at waters edge in the Bay on 5 Mar. On sunny days woodpeckers can be heard drumming in the woods. A male RED-BELLIED WOODEPCKER continues to visit the Camp Office feeder and a female reappeared at the Birdhouse Nature Store feeders on 2 Mar. A large falcon flew over Bayshore Rd on 5 Mar but eluded identification.


A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Calf Pasture on 5 Mar. COMMON RAVENS are regular, especially on the ice of Presquile Bay. AMERICAN ROBIN numbers seem lower but small parties are still being seen, especially near Calf Pasture. The overwintering BROWN THRASHER is still going strong. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW turned up at a Bayshore Rd feeder for the first time in several weeks.


Finally there was a little action in the finch department apart from AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, which are present in small numbers. HOUSE FINCHES have been quite scarce this winter but two were seen on 3 Mar and one on 5 Mar. A flock of 70 COMMON REDPOLL was near Owen Pt. on 3 Mar and ten visited a Bayshore feeder on 5 Mar. Three PINE SISKIN were also seen on 7 Mar.




I suggest caution around the large ice volcano formations that have developed along the south shore. These spectacular formations are especially substantial this year and should be enjoyed for sure. I do not walk out on these for fear they might collapse or calve off, or I might slide off into the water. If that happened and you ended up in the water you would not be able to get back out. Nor can you be seen from shore. I see lots of people taking pictures and exploring the formations from the very edge, which just strikes me a precarious and ill advised.

Directions: Presquile Provincial Park is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, just south of the town of Brighton. It can be reached from either Hwy. 401, or Cty. Rd. 2 and is well signed. A Park map can be found in the information tabloid available at the Park gate. Presquiles two offshore islands Gull and High Bluff support a large multi-species colonial bird nesting area and access is not permitted during the breeding season (10 March-10 September).










Doug McRae
P.O. Box 3010
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5014 H
613-243-4161 C


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Subject: Ottawa/ Gatineau: Recent sightings to March 7, 2019
Date: Thu Mar 7 2019 16:37 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Ottawa Field Naturalists' Club
Ottawa/Gatineau (50 Km radius from Parliament Hill) E. Ontario, W. Quebec
Compiler: Gregory Zbitnew at [email protected]

March 7, 2019

GRAY PARTRIDGE, now 5, were last seen on the 5th near Hazeldean Road
southwest of the Carp River. A TUFTED TITMOUSE was near a feeder south of
Rockland on the 28th, but there have been no further reports of this bird.

Weather has been dry but unusually cold for the season. Thus Ottawa
continues under the yoke of winter and the situation is not forecast to
change for at least a week.

If anyone is still looking for them while they linger, NORTHERN PINTAIL,
WOOD DUCKS and HOODED MERGANSER were at Billings Bridge on the 3rd.
BARROWS GOLDENEYE is still being seen off Bate Island.

A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen near Almonte on the 28th. A NORTHERN HARRIER
at Petrie Island on the 3rd probably was a migrant, so this is another
feeble sign of spring.

A RED BELLIED WOODPECKER was near Winchester on the 3rd. A NORTHERN FLICKER
was flying over the 416 near Manotick on the 7th, and another was at the
Trail Road Landfill on the 3rd.

40 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were near Lac Leamy on the 3rd. The CAROLINA WREN was
last seen on the 1st in Navan.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was on Brownlee Road on the 6th.

2 HOARY REDPOLLS were among 350 COMMON REDPOLLS at a feeder near Meech
Lake-perhaps the largest concentration of the season. A HOARY REDPOLL was
at the Dewberry Trail feeder on the 3rd, and another was at the Hilda road
feeders a few times, last on the 6th.

PINE and EVENING GROSBEAKS continue to thin out, but both were at the
Conroy Pit. They are still regular in spots in the northern forests, and 17
EVENING GROBEAKS were at the end of Mer Bleue Road.

Thanks to everyone who contributed bird observations. We encourage everyone
to report their bird sightings on eBird for the benefit of the entire
birding community.



Good birding.
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Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (07 Mar 2019) 3 Raptors
Date: Thu Mar 7 2019 15:34 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 07, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 2 13 13
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 3 3
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 15 15
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 3 33 33
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Sandy Darling

Observers:

Visitors:
Michael McLeod, Lyn Folkes, Gerry White and Greg


Weather:
Sunny with light wind - quite pleasant even though temperature was below
zero C. Cloud built up during the day.

Raptor Observations:
One beautiful 4th year Bald Eagle came close to the tower and banked to
show just a sprinkling of white under the wing and just a little black on
tail. Head was fully white. Local Cooper's Hawk and 3 local Red-tailed
Hawks showed.

Non-raptor Observations:
12 common species

Predictions:
Probably more birds as weather changes with Saturday looking good
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sandy Darling ([email protected])
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. 2019 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!



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Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (06 Mar 2019) 4 Raptors
Date: Thu Mar 7 2019 9:45 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 06, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 11 11
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 2 2
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 4 15 15
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 4 30 30
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:45:00
Observation end time: 15:15:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Mike Street

Observers: Joe Minor

Visitors:
Greg Vanderveld from Wellandport. Many dog walkers and a pair of horse
riders enjoying the sunshine.


Weather:
Blue sky all day; very cold, moderate SW winds

Raptor Observations:
Only a few Red-tails came through. New counter Joe Minor braved the cold
and took some excellent pictures of the few birds that were seen.

Non-raptor Observations:
Very few non-raptor species: N. Cardinal, American Crow, Downy and
Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, Ring-billed Gull, BC Chickadee

Predictions:
Likely similar, but it has been two days since the big storm in the USA
passed by the states below Ontario, so more birds are possible.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Mike Street ([email protected])
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. 2019 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!



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Subject: 2018-2019 Ontario winter list summary
Date: Wed Mar 6 2019 9:10 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Birders,

Through the 2018-2019 winter birding season, a period running from December 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019, a total of 201 species were reported in Ontario. This represented a roughly average year, tying for fifth place of twelve winters that I have data for. The highest single-season winter list total is 223 species from 2011-2012, while the lowest is 189 from 2009-2010. The median value is 201 species, while the mean (average) value is 204 species in the twelve years I have data for.

Since my last update to Ontbirds on January 3, 2019, only four additional have been added to this winter's total. However, a new species for the all-time winter list was reported among these four species, that being the Lazuli Bunting at a feeder in Ottawa. Not only was this the first winter record of Lazuli Bunting in Ontario, it is the first record outside the date range of 10 May 18 June, based on accepted records by the OBRC. The other new additions to the list since my last update included Gray Partridge in several locations in Ottawa, Purple Sandpiper at Erieau, Chatham-Kent, and Yellow-headed Blackbirds in Comber, Essex and the Old Cut field station, Norfolk.

In addition to the Lazuli Bunting there were three other additions this past winter to the all-time Ontario winter list. These included Canadas first ever Great Kiskadee at Rondeau Provincial Park which was seen sporadically until December 9, a Western Kingbird found on the Long Point CBC near Turkey Point on December 15, and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo found at Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto on December 15. Some of the other highlights from the 2018-2019 winter season included a deceased Dovekie, multiple Slaty-backed Gulls, White-eyed Vireo, 14 species of warbler including Northern Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler and Audubons Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eurasian Collared-Doves, Western Grebe, Tree and Northern Rough-legged Swallow, and Summer Tanager.

Some of this winters misses included Harriss Sparrow (seen in 11 of previous 11 winters), Black-legged Kittiwake (10 of 11), Osprey (9 of 11), Eurasian Wigeon (8 of 11), California Gull (8 of 11), Blue-winged Teal (7 of 11), Blue-headed Vireo (7 of 11), Wilsons Warbler (7 of 11), Pacific Loon (6 of 11), Eared Grebe (6 of 11), Black-headed Gull (6 of 11), Barn Owl (6 of 11), Yellow-throated Warbler (6 of 11) and Spotted Towhee (6 of 11).

The list can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/myyulvs . I have also provided a link on my blog, located at http://joshvandermeulen.blogsp... . As always, please send me an email if you know of a sighting of one of the missing species observed between December 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019, or if you see any errors in the spreadsheet either from this winter or from winters past.

Good birding,
Josh Vandermeulen
Niagara Falls, Ontario
joshvandermeulen.blogspot.com

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Subject: Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery - Volunteers wanted!
Date: Tue Mar 5 2019 15:00 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Wildlife Preservation Canada (WPC) is looking for volunteer surveyors for the 2019 Adopt-A-Site program. We are looking for help in a number of historic shrike hot-spots across Ontario (Carden, Napanee, Grey-Bruce, Manitoulin, Pembroke/Renfrew and Smiths Falls).

Volunteers are asked to survey their designated sites three times over the spring and summer (April 15th to June 30th) for evidence of Loggerhead Shrikes, and a suite of other birds found in the same habitat. The information gathered on shrikes will be used to assist field staff with carrying out various recovery activities and provide valuable information contributing to accurate broad-scale population counts. Last year, volunteers located shrike on eight sites in Ontario!

The Loggerhead Shrike has suffered serious declines throughout its historic breeding range over the last 50 years. The eastern subspecies, found in Ontario, has been designated as endangered in Canada since 1991. WPC has been leading the recovery effort for this bird since 2003, and every year our field staff to monitor the numbers and breeding success of wild birds, and release captive-bred juveniles to bolster the wild population. A summary of last years recovery activities can be found here:
https://wildlifepreservation.c...

If you would like to help, or would like more information on the Adopt-A-Site program, please contact me.

Thanks in advance, from the whole Shrike Recovery Team!

Hazel

Hazel Wheeler, MSc
Lead Biologist - Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Recovery
Wildlife Preservation Canada
E: [email protected]
C: 519-993-5155



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Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (05 Mar 2019) Raptors
Date: Tue Mar 5 2019 11:56 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 05, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 11 11
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 2 2
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 11 11
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 26 26
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00
Observation end time: 11:00:00
Total observation time: 1.75 hours

Official Counter: Sandy Darling

Observers: Matt Mills

Visitors:
Simon Carter


Weather:
Cold with south-west wind and snow that started just after we arrived
providing low visibility. The forecast was for this weather to continue for
the rest of the day.

Raptor Observations:
Nothing moved

Non-raptor Observations:
Only 3 individual non-raptors.

Predictions:
Probably another slow day
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sandy Darling ([email protected])
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. 2019 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!



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Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (04 Mar 2019) 6 Raptors
Date: Mon Mar 4 2019 16:56 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 04, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1 11 11
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 2 2
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 3 11 11
Rough-legged Hawk 1 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 6 26 26
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6.33 hours

Official Counter: John Stevens

Observers: Dylan White, Terry Tait

Visitors:
Dylan White from Guelph in the morning and Terry Tait from Jerseyville in
the afternoon who both stayed for over an hour despite the cold and the
dearth of birds.


Weather:
Cold but otherwise highly variable with winds increasing during the period
from light to moderately strong. Sun appeared several times as did
flurries with a heavy squall between noon and 1 pm.

Raptor Observations:
A dark morph Rough-leg appeared just over the trees, circled over the
outhouse at low altitude, then drifted east, never to be seen again. What
a beauty!

Non-raptor Observations:
A pair of Ravens headed east just after 10 am. Aside from a few robins and
a dozen or so crows, there were only the usual suspects around the feeder.

Predictions:
Weather forecast suggests similar to today with less chance of sun. Not
too promising for hawks but looks better toward the end of the week.
========================================================================
Report submitted by John Stevens ()
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. 2019 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic into the park is allowed, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!



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Subject: 12 Sandhill cranes at Hwy 35/115 and 401
Date: Sun Mar 3 2019 17:03 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
About 5 minutes ago overhead a flock of about 12 heading slightly west of
north. In car; did not hear anything. Heads up.
G
--
*In nature, nothing exists alone. *Rachel Carson
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Subject: St. Catharines Snowy Owl
Date: Sat Mar 2 2019 10:45 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Hello all, Yesterday, Feb.28 and today, March 1, a Snowy Owl was spotted
in the fields behind the new hospital on Fourth Avenue. To see the owl
you must take Fifth Avenue Louth between First and Third Street. Get to
St. Catharines, find Fourth Avenue,, and travel until you reach the
hospital. Directions are very difficult to describe.Good luck, Astrid
Akkerman and Jim Thomson

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Subject: Presqu'ile Bird Report for 22-28 Feb 2019
Date: Sat Mar 2 2019 9:41 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Presquile Bird Report for Week of 22-28 Feb 2019

By Doug McRae

HIGHLIGHTS: HOODED MERGANSER X COMMON GOLDENEYE, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, BROWN THRASHER


It has been another quiet week with minimal coverage. There are a few hints that spring is coming, particularly with an increase in diving ducks. There were also more cases of birds seen in places they havent been all winter, but its difficult to tell which are actual migrants versus local wintering birds starting to move around a bit more.


Presquile Bay was frozen for much of the week pushing diving ducks out into the open lake where they were hard to see hiding behind massive ice accumulations along the south shore. Diving ducks, when visible, are clearly starting to increase with high counts of 9 CANVASBACK on 23 and 26 Feb, and 350 REDHEAD on 23 Feb. WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS also picked up with a high of 35 on 22 Feb. The most interesting waterfowl was a hybrid HOODED MERGANSER X COMMON GOLDENEYE that was seen near the Lighthouse on 23 Feb. This is only the second time this hybrid has been recorded here the first being found several years ago at the same location by the same observer!


WILD TURKEYS have not been as obvious recently with only a few sightings this week leaving one seasoned observer to wonder if there has been some winter mortality from all the ice and snow. BALD EAGLES were seen on several dates with at least 2 immature and one adult involved. The only other raptor reports were of single COOPERS HAWKS on 22 and 24 Feb. A GREAT HORNED OWL was reported on 23 Feb and a BARRED OWL on 22 Feb was the only other owl sighting.


Three BROWN CREEPERS on 22 Feb is the largest single day count since the CBC in December likely local wintering birds coming out of the woodwork rather than new migrants. At least two EASTERN BLUEBIRDS could be heard calling near the park office on 22 Feb. These might be part of the same group of 6 that was at the Birdhouse Nature Store about 300m away from 14-18 Feb. An AMERICAN ROBIN in a treetop at the Lighthouse on 23 Feb might have been a migrant. The wintering BROWN THRASHER is still going strong at a Bayshore Rd feeder.


A single SNOW BUNTING flew over the gate area during a blizzard on 25 Feb. Another possible migrant was a male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD that spent part of 27 Feb at the Birdhouse Nature Store feeders, just outside the gate where none have been in weeks.


On a final note unrelated to birds, I would like to suggest caution around the large ice volcano formations that have developed along the south shore. These spectacular formations are especially substantial this year and should be enjoyed for sure. Maybe I am a chicken but I do not walk out on these for fear they might collapse or calve off, or I might slide off into the water. If that happened and you ended up in the water you would not be able to get back out. Nor can you be seen from shore. On family day there must have been 40 people taking pictures and exploring the formations from the very edge, which just strikes me a precarious and ill advised.

Directions: Presquile Provincial Park is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, just south of the town of Brighton. It can be reached from either Hwy. 401, or Cty. Rd. 2 and is well signed. A Park map can be found in the information tabloid available at the Park gate. Presquiles two offshore islands Gull and High Bluff support a large multi-species colonial bird nesting area and access is not permitted during the breeding season (10 March-10 September).










Doug McRae
P.O. Box 3010
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0
613-475-5014 H
613-243-4161 C


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Subject: Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area (01 Mar 2019) 17 Raptors
Date: Sat Mar 2 2019 7:02 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 01, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 10 10 10
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 1 1
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 6 6 6
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 17 17 17
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Matt Mills, Mike Street

Observers: Sandy Darling

Weather:
Bright sunny day, little wind, temperature around -3C, with lots of snow
on the ground to reflect light back on birds overhead.

Raptor Observations:
Three Bald Eagles, a flight of Turkey Vultures, possibly from a group known
to have wintered near Smithville east of Beamer, a few Red-Tailed Hawks and
the local Coopers Hawk were the first raptors seen or tallied on the first
day of the 2019 count at Beamer Memorial Conservation Area.

THANKS to Glenn Barnett, Sandy Darling, Bruce Mackenzie, John Stevens, Mike
Street and Gerry Wright for helping install the visitor information sign
and the absolutely necessary windbreak panels on the towers. THANKS also to
Matt Mills for trying to count migrants with all the work going on right
beside him.

Non-raptor Observations:
About 50 American Robins and 25-30 American Crows passed overhead, as did a
single Horned Lark. Red-bellied and Hairy Woodpeckers and White-breasted
Nuthatches were calling in the woodlot. Two small ducks, probably Hooded
Mergansers

Predictions:
Similar to yesterday, but more cloud and less sun. Good conditions for
another small flight.
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Report submitted by Mike Street ([email protected])
Grimsby, ON - Beamer Conservation Area information may be found at:
http://www.niagarapeninsulahaw...


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo....

Site Description:
Hawk migration monitoring at the Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in
Grimsby, Ontario is conducted by the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH). All
counting is done by volunteers. Not all members are counters nor does a
counter have to be a member. Typically one person is the designated counter
for each day but other observers present assist with the spotting and
identification. Counting is done from a steel observation tower with a
wooden floor. For wind protection on cold days, particularly in March, a
black plastic wind guard is installed around the tower's platform. This
platform easily accommodates ten people but on most busy days, no more than
five or six observers would be on it.

The site lies within a publicly accessible property owned by the Niagara
Peninsula Conservation Authority. There is no charge for admittance. The
tower stands in the centre of a mowed area with a gravel ring road near the
outer edge. This provides lots of room to park vehicles (along the road)
and set up lawn chairs, telescopes and cameras. Toilet facilities are
present. During the counting season, the NPH erect a counting board to
display seven day's worth of observation data for the public. The box
enclosing the sign contains brochures and silhouette sheets for the public
as well as bulletin boards with news and historical sighting records.



Directions to site:
To get to Beamer CA, take the QEW to Exit 71/72, follow Christie
St./Mountain St. to the top of the escarpment, turn right on Ridge Road
West, and go 1.6km to Quarry Rd. Turn right on Quarry Rd. and drive 100m to
the conservation area. Parking is normally available inside the park. If
parking at the entrance or on the roads, do NOT leave valuables in your
car.

Please note: 1) Data in this report is not official until reviewed and finalized after the end of the season. 2018 Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch.

2) Vehicular traffic is again allowed into the park, but visitors are asked to have their cars outside the gate by 3PM. If parking at the gate DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE!!!



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Subject: Harry Kerr - 100th Birthday
Date: Fri Mar 1 2019 22:16 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Ontbirds subscribers,

This post is made with the permission of Ontbirds coordinator Mark Cranford.

I wanted to make a post to tell his many friends that today was long-time Toronto birder Harry Kerr's 100th birthday.

I held off on posting this until now because when I spoke to his wife Eileen this morning she told me that they were awaiting some important calls and didn't want to risk tying up their phone line on the last regular business day of the week.

In the era before Ontbirds and in the aftermath of Jim Baillie's death, Harry Kerr became the key person in the dissemination of information on good birds found locally in Toronto, as well as tremendous rarities seen across the entire province. It was normal for Harry to answer or return many dozens of calls every night. To a young teen birder in Toronto like myself, perhaps only a call from Cheryl Tiegs would have produced more exhilaration than a call from Harry Kerr with information on the latest mega-twitch. Harry was also listed in books and foreign birding gen as the number to contact for visiting birders from all over the world. Harry always had his finger on the pulse of where and how reliable the good bird sightings were, practically up-to-the-minute some days.

Long-time Toronto area birders Don Perks and Gerry Bennett, whose birding eras both extended back to the 1930s, both contended for many years to anyone who would listen that no birder in the history of Ontario was responsible for supplying more information on bird occurrence that allowed more birders to add life birds to their Ontario lists than Harry Kerr. I would only add that NO ONE is even a close second! Harry was a work horse! He takes it a bit easier now, but I think we can cut him some slack.

It also didn't hurt that all this dedicated service was coming from one of the nicest and most upbeat and inclusive characters one might ever wish to meet too. Harry is simply a prince of a fellow. One of those guys who always leaves you feeling in a better mood than before you talked to him. Always.

Despite his move with Eileen to live with their son in the Ottawa Valley a decade ago, I keep in touch, and he is always keen to hear what is going on in the southern Ontario birding scene - some things never change!

I am sure that this weekend Harry would be happy to receive calls and well wishes from those many old friends who know and remember him fondly. Those wishing to wish him a happy 100th birthday this weekend can call him at 613-692-9509. Tell him some kid from Parkdale sent you.

Good birding this weekend,

Glenn Coady
Whitby, Ontario
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Subject: Kingston Area Birds: 23rd February - 1st March 2019
Date: Fri Mar 1 2019 17:54 pm
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders using eBird are encouraged to share their
sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email or post records
directly to me - contact details below. Please note that some sightings may
require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated otherwise.



A REMINDER RE OWL WOODS: A condition of being allowed continued access to
the Owl Woods is that observations of owls seen there are not posted to the
Internet (in any form) during the current season. Notices explaining the
reasons for this are posted at several locations in the woods. Currently the
landowners allow access but this may change if the rules are broken. I am
happy to answer questions on their behalf privately.



Highlights:

There was a return to extremely cold temperatures later in the week after
the heavy rain and strong winds of the previous weekend. Birders,
understandably, seemed to be somewhat thin on the ground. Here are the
highlights of the last week:



TRUMPETER SWAN - numbers were way down this week. Whether that is due to a
lack of observers or birds dispersing is unknown. This week's high count was
of 12 birds at Lower Brewers Mills on 28th.

NORTHERN PINTAIL - single males were present on 23rd at Ivy Lea and Invista,
Kingston.

TURKEY VULTURE - single birds were seen at Godfrey and Lower Brewers Lock,
both on 23rd.

BLACK VULTURE - seen just outside the area at Picton, the 2 birds
encountered on 23rd are likely continuing individuals first seen last April.

SNOWY OWL - there were very few birds encountered this past week, with a
high count of 4 on Amherst Island on 23rd and just 1 on Wolfe Island on
26th. If you do find one, please keep your distance to reduce negative
impacts and always respect private property.

GYRFALCON - a grey individual was seen just outside the area at Babylon
Road, Prince Edward County yesterday (28th).

PEREGRINE FALCON - no sightings this week.

EVENING GROSBEAK - there were just 2 sightings this week - 4 birds were seen
on Howe Island on 24th and 2 were seen just north of Kingston on 25th.

PINE GROSBEAK - 12 birds were seen at Gananoque on 23rd.

COMMON REDPOLL - there were continued widespread sightings across the region
this week, with up to 300 birds being consistently seen at a feeder near
Verona.

HOARY REDPOLL - a single bird was present on 27th amongst the several
hundred Common Redpolls at Verona.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR - numbers are down for this one with 2 birds on Wolfe
Island on 23rd and 4 at Camden Lake, also on 23rd.

SNOW BUNTING - numbers are also down with this species, though a high of 180
birds near Napanee on 24th was notable.

WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW - a continuing bird was seen in Kingston today, 1st.



In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property in the recording
area, Kingston Field Naturalists has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings
Policy
. Please note that you must be a card-carrying member of Kingston Field
Naturalists (KFN), or be accompanied by a member, to access both the Martin
Edwards Reserve and Amherstview Sewage Lagoons.



As always, a big thank you goes to all those who have submitted sightings
directly or via eBird.



Mark.



Mark D. Read

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0

Canada



Mobile: +1 (613) 217-1246

Email: [email protected]

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Subject: Algonquin Park Birding Report: 21 to 28 February 2019
Date: Fri Mar 1 2019 10:25 am
From: birdalert AT ontbirds.ca
 
Despite extremely cold temperatures and gale-force winds mid-week, there were a good number of birders in the Park and birds reported during the period. Further signs of coming spring included an AMERICAN CROW in Mew Lake Campground (the usual time and location of the first arriving migrants here) on Feb 25 and researchers now having located four CANADA JAY nests under construction. A female MALLARD flushed from open water near the bridge at Basin Depot in the Parks East Side on Feb 23 was likely a wintering bird. It was only the second February record of this species ever for Algonquin.



BOREAL RESIDENTS: Four male SPRUCE GROUSE were photographed feeding in a spruce near the parking lot of Spruce Bog Boardwalk on Feb 26. A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen at the Trailer Sanitation Station (Feb 21). A BOREAL CHICKADEE was found on Feb 24 near Head Creek Marsh, accessible by following the Old Railway Bike Trail from the Old Airfield west toward Cache Lake. The unusually infrequent observation of this chickadee in Algonquin this winter may be at least partly due to the southward irruption of the species last fall. CANADA JAY was seen most regularly at Spruce Bog Boardwalk, Opeongo Road and the Logging Museum trail.



WINTER FINCHES: Up to a dozen PINE GROSBEAKS continued daily at the Visitor Centre feeders and a few were often seen along the highway as well. From two to six COMMON REDPOLLS were also at the Visitor Centre every day. The Greater Common Redpoll (rostrata), first seen in mid-January at the Visitor Centre, was photographed there on Feb 26. A female RED CROSSBILL came daily to the Visitor Centre feeders from Feb 24 onward and was joined by a male on Feb 28. Four WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported at the Visitor Centre on Feb 26. Red Crossbills have been extremely scarce here this winter and the White-winged Crossbill was last reported here in early December. Perhaps this weeks occurrences suggest movement by crossbills. The five AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES continued at the Visitor Centre.



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). The Visitor Centre exhibits, bookstore and restaurant at km 43 are open on weekends from 9 am to 5 pm. The Visitor Centre is also open with limited services on weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm. Get your park permit and Information Guide (with a map of birding locations mentioned above) at the East Gate, West Gate or Visitor Centre. Locations are also described at: www.algonquinpark.on.ca



Ron Tozer, Algonquin Park Naturalist (retired), Dwight, ON.



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