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Hawk Watch Results 2019

Nature Manitoba 2019 fall hawk watch – 7 and 8 September

Species/Group

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Totals

Turkey Vulture

28

1

1

146

14

14

 

18

7

13

242

Osprey

2

 

 

 

2

 

 

1

 

 

5

Northern Harrier

5

13

12

5

2

 

2

 

3

8

50

Sharp-shinned Hawk

5

2

3

 

3

 

 

1

2

3

19

Cooper’s Hawk

3

2

 

 

2

 

 

 

1

5

13

Accipiter sp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

Bald Eagle

8

15

14

29

13

2

 

5

3

15

104

Broad-winged Hawk

106

1

 

 

8

 

 

3

1

1

120

Swainson’s Hawk

 

4

1

 

9

 

 

 

 

1

15

Red-tailed Hawk

15

13

28

14

14

10

1

2

20

36

153

Buteo sp.

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

2

3

Golden Eagle

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

American Kestrel

13

2

9

18

3

11

 

 

15

7

78

Merlin

1

2

3

5

 

2

2

1

1

6

23

Prairie Falcon

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

Totals

186

55

72

217

72

39

5

31

54

98

829

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participants in the 2019 fall hawk watch enjoyed generally cool, but pleasant conditions. The general feeling was that numbers and variety of species were lower than usual, but of the raptors only Red-tailed Hawks were significantly below average. Passerines were scarce. The combined species total for all groups was 133.

Above: Red-tailed Hawk and Raven (by Gillian Richards

Group 1 – Robert Parsons, Jo Swartz, Betsy Thorsteinson.

Route: Winnipeg, Jordan, Morden, Pembina Valley, Kaleida, Manitou, Lac Rondeau, Winnipeg.

Highlights included kettles of 23 and 40 Broad-winged Hawks at Stanley Park and Windygates , 28 Red-necked Phalaropes and 2600 Brewer’s Blackbirds. Total species 65.

 

Group 2 - Andy Courcelles and Gene Walz.

Route: Winnipeg, Oak Hammock, Hecla Island, Winnipeg.

Highlights included a single Snow Goose and four Trumpeter Swans. Total species 87.

Above: Sharp-shinned Hawk (by Gillian Richards)

Group 3 – Garry Budyk and John Weier.

Route: Winnipeg to Lynch Point and back.

Highlights: Although this route frequently delivers 100+ species, “only” 92 were tallied this time. Highlights were 95 Western Grebes and one Clark’s Grebe, a Great Egret and a Prairie Falcon (the latter near Macdonald).

 

Group 4 – Jon Benson, Linda Curtis, Rudolf Koes, Doug Nichol, Evan Waller.

Route: Winnipeg, Beausejour, Brightstone, Lac du Bonnet, Pine Falls, Green Bay, Winnipeg.

Highlights: This group had the highest counts of Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle and American Kestrel, but otherwise had a quiet day, with one nice passerine flock at Great Falls. Total species 74.

 

Group 5 – Gillian Richards and 13 others.

Route: A stationary count along the Assiniboine River at Woodworth, northeast of Virden.

Highlights: A Golden Eagle was the bird-of-the-day for the group. Also of note were 26 Snow Geese and two Greater White-fronted Geese. Total species 40.

 

Group 6 – Ron Austin, Lars Jansson, Al Mickey, Ryan Porteous.

Route: from Winnipeg east to Elma and Seven Sisters Falls, including Old Hwy. 15, and back.

Highlights: Both White-winged and Red Crossbills were spotted along Old 15, which made up for their lowest raptor tally in 20 years. Total species 39.

 

Group 7 – Cal Cuthbert  spent 2 ½ hours walking his Up-The-Creek-Acres property near Delta, before he was called away for farm duties by his brother. He was the only one to report Philadelphia Vireo and Veery. Total species 36.

Above: Bald Eagle and Ravens (by Gillian Richards)

Group 8 – Cathy Swiderek and James Whitelaw.

Route: Winnipeg to the East Lake Winnipeg beaches and back.

Highlights included Caspian Tern, Pileated Woodpecker, American Pipit and Nashville Warbler. Total species 56.

 

Group 9 – Neil Butchard, Cathy Dewar, Linda Pearn, Katharine Schulz.

Route: From Winnipeg to the Portage la Prairie area, covering both sides of the Assiniboine River.

Highlights were provided by 369 Sandhill Cranes, a Red-headed Woodpecker and a Least Flycatcher. Total species 69.

 

Group 10 – Ward Christianson and Marlene Waldron.

Route: Winnipeg to St. Ambroise, via the Shoal Lakes, and back to Winnipeg.

Highlights: Ward and Marlene had the greatest variety of raptors, including a Prairie Falcon. They also recorded Black-bellied Plover, White-rumped Sandpiper, Rectoral Sandpiper and a Pine Warbler. Total species 79.