Big Birds Sighted in High Numbers this Spring Over Niagara Escarpment

‘This year’s (raptor) count was off to a good start in March, with a total count (in the skies above the Niagara Escarpment and  Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in Grimsby, Ontario) of 4,860 birds- the highest total since 2012, spread over 12 species.’

A News Release from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Posted April 12th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

A red-tail hawk, one of the species of raptors, flying in healthy numbers along the Niagara Escarpment this spring

This year’s annual spring migration raptor count began March 1st and goes until May 15, with volunteers from the Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH) group visiting the site to count sightings daily.

Although access to the viewing platform is limited to NPH volunteers only due to COVID-19, visitors and aspiring counters are welcome to join to learn more about the importance of this annual work.

This year’s count was off to a good start in March, with a total count of 4,860 birds- the highest total since 2012, spread over 12 species.

As usual, Turkey Vultures dominated with 3,646, followed by 584 Red-tailed Hawks, and 388 Red-shouldered Hawks, which migrate early in the season. As the weather warms up this month, the numbers will increase and later migrants like Ospreys and Broad-winged Hawks will move into the province.

Please note that the annual Beamer Memorial Hawkwatch Open House, which takes place every year on Good Friday, will not be held this year due to COVID-19. The event is scheduled to make a come-back in April 2023!

For more on the NPCA and its work, click on – www.npca.ca<http://www.npca.ca/>

Updates regarding NPCA operations and activities can be found at Get Involved NPCA Portal<https://getinvolved.npca.ca/npca-operations-covid19/>, or on social media at NPCA’s Facebook Page<https://facebook.com/NPCAOntario/> & NPCA’s Twitter page<https://twitter.com/NPCA_Ontario/>.

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