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Beamer Point Migrants on April 19, 2008

April 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Around this time of April, the broad-winged hawks start migrating north in large numbers and the right conditions can produce movements in the thousands of birds. In some 15+ years of hawk watching, its one of the few migrations I haven’t seen and every year I try my luck with usually poor results. April 19, […]

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The Strangest Raptor Photo I’ve Ever Taken

April 7th, 2008 · No Comments

I was back at Beamer Point CA outside of Grimsby, Ontario on April 6. Contrary to expectation, it was very sunny with a cold north wind blowing off Lake Ontario. This created perfect blue skies which made it extremely difficult to see any birds. The birds that were seen were generally very high. The net […]

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Migrating Birds of Prey on April 5, 2008

April 6th, 2008 · No Comments

The spring hawk migration is in full swing with good numbers of birds migrating. Between 1200-1300 birds were seen. In total, 13 species of raptors were seen including golden eagle, bald eagle, red-tailed hawk, red-shouldered hawk, northern harrier, rough-legged hawk, Cooper’s hawk, northern goshawk, sharp-shinned hawk, peregrine falcon, osprey, turkey vulture and American kestrel.  Pictures of some of […]

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Migrating Birds of Prey in Spring

March 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Every spring and fall tens of thousands of birds of prey migrate along fixed routes that they have used for centuries. In the spring, they migrate along the Niagara Escarpment before heading north searching for nesting territory. Just outside of Grimsby, Ontario, there is a park situated on the escarpment called Beamer Point Conservation Ontario, […]

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