August 30, 2011 – Hawk Cliff

30 Aug

Hawk Cliff is a popular viewing area located just to the east of Port Stanley.  Hawk and other birds migrating south stream along the Lake Erie shoreline and this site provides excellent viewing.  There are regular daily “counters” whose job (volunteer, of course) it is to keep track of the hawks and other birds that pass by this point.  They issue regular updates so people can track activity and statistics of migration.  For your information, I am going to include in this post a copy of their first email of the season.

Hawk Cliff Hawkwatch

Port Stanley, Ontario, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 29, 2011



Species            Day’s Count    Month Total   Season Total

—————— ———– ————– ————–

Black Vulture                0              0              0

Turkey Vulture               2              2              2

Osprey                       1             12             12

Bald Eagle                   0              0              0

Northern Harrier             2             30             30

Sharp-shinned Hawk           4             29             29

Cooper’s Hawk                0              0              0

Northern Goshawk             0              0              0

Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0

Broad-winged Hawk            9             33             33

Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3

Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0

Golden Eagle                 0              0              0

American Kestrel             9             91             91

Merlin                       0              9              9

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:                      27            209            209



Observation start time: 07:00:00

Observation end   time: 14:00:00

Total observation time: 7 hours


Official Counter:        Jim Dunn


Observers:        Ernie Gribble, Mary Carnahan, Ronnie Goodhand



Thanks again to the “early birds”…Ernie G., Jim D., Ronnie G. and Mary C.




Another beautiful day to be outside enjoying the hawkwatching.

Unfortunately, the winds were just too light today. Temp got to a high of 22C with some cloud cover.


Raptor Observations:

Just 27 raptors tallied today…not nearly what we had yesterday…same species but smaller numbers…with Sharpies (4), Harriers (2) and Kestrels (9). A lone Osprey was spotted along with a small number of Broadwings (9).


Non-raptor Observations:

It was an excellent day for viewing non-raptor species at the Cliff, with several new species reported, including two new warblers, Mourning and Palm, bringing our warbler total for the fall season to 19.  Other warblers today were Magnolia, Black & white, American redstart, Bay-breasted, Tennessee, Nashville, Wilson’s and Common yellowthroat.  Vireos and flycatchers were abundant with good views of Red-eyed, Warbling and Philadelphia Vireos plus Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Wood-peewee, as well as Great-crested, Least and Yellow-bellied (new sighitng today) Flycatchers.





An early Swainson’s Thrush was spotted in the woods, Wild Turkeys were seen crossing Hawk Cliff Road and Eastern Bluebirds were lined up on the wires along Fairview Rd at Roberts Line.



W and SW winds and nice weather my prompt a few more Kestrels to head westward along the updraft at the cliff. If nothing else it should be a very pleasant day to enjoy the outdoors.


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