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Fall Hawk Watch Results 2022

Manitoba Fall Hawk Watch – 10 September 2022.

Group 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Totals

Turkey Vulture

37 85 1 4 6 2 8 143


            1 1

Northern Harrier

1 1 5   7 4 1 19

Sharp-shinned Hawk

1       2   1 4

Cooper’s Hawk

  2   1 1 1 1 6


        1     1

Bald Eagle

4 6 3 1 10 2 3 29

Broad-winged Hawk

1     2 1     4

Swainson’s Hawk

    1 1 1     3

Red-tailed Hawk

1 14 9 17 15 6 8 70

American Kestrel

  20 1 9 5 4 1 40


1 1 2 4 5 2 1 18

Peregrine Falcon

        1     1

Prairie Falcon

            1 1


46 129 22 39 55 21 26 340


Group 1. Cathy Swiderek, James Whitelaw and Jennifer Clark. This party drove from Winnipeg to Bird’s Hill P.P. and then covered the beaches along the southeast corner of Lake Winnipeg. Access at Patricia Beach was limited, due to high water, which had flooded the road in the park. They ended their count at the Traverse Bay dump, tallying 57 species during the day. Highlights included Red-necked Grebe, Sanderling, American Pipit and Harris’s Sparrow.

Group 2. Peter Taylor and Rudolf Koes. From Walley Chryplywy Park at Beausejour Peter and Rudolf made their way to River Road along the Brokenhead, then via Allegra to the Brightstone Colony, Lac du Bonnet Sewage Lagoons, Mac Arthur Falls, Great Falls, Pine Falls and back to Beausejour. Raptor numbers during the day were low. A Veery at Wally C. Park was unexpected. As is usually the case, they noted several groups of migrating Blue Jays, including 16 along the Allegra Road and 40 at the Brightstone Hutterite Colony. Their total tally was 83 species, which includes a few seen by Rudolf only at the Beausejour sewage lagoons.

Group 3. Robert Parsons and Jo Swartz traveled from Winnipeg via Carman to the Pembina Valley near Windygates and then on to the Mowbray area. The Carman sewage lagoons produced 8 Red-necked Phalaropes and 11 American Pipits. Other species of note during the day included Greater Scaup, Eurasian Collared-Dove, 16 Eared Grebes, Red-headed Woodpecker and Say’s Phoebe. Their daily total was 63 species.

Group 4. Katharine and John Schulz followed a route from Winnipeg to Portage la Prairie and areas to the southwest of there, before returning home. Highlights included a Tundra Swan at the Portage Spillway, a party of 18 Gray Partridges, a Great Egret at the Hoop and Holler Bend, and what appeared to be a family group of Merlins. In addition they noted seven Vesper Sparrows and a Le Conte’s Sparrow. Their day’s total was 71 species.

Group 5. Garry Budyk and John Weier recorded 102 species during their visit to the southern end of Lake Manitoba. This route consistently delivers the largest tally of any hawk watch. Some of their more notable sightings included 200 Western Grebes, a good array of shorebirds (including American Avocet, Black-bellied Plover, Hudsonian Godwit, Stilt Sandpiper and Baird’s Sandpiper). In addition they found a Caspian Tern, an Eastern Wood-Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher and Winter Wren.

Group 6. Ward Christianson and Marlene Waldron visited the Shoal Lakes, St. Ambroise and Delta, recording 55 species. They commented on the lack of shorebird habitat and scarcity of sparrows and warblers. They did locate a Lesser Black-backed Gull at the PR. 227 dump, a bird that had been around since summer or before, and their day’s tally of Mourning Doves was 88.

Group 7. Andy Courcelles and Gene Walz drove to Oak Hammock Marsh and then continued north to Hecla. At the marsh they spotted a Prairie Falcon, the rarest raptor recorded on this hawk watch. They also saw Sharp-tailed Grouse, Osprey and Brown-headed Cowbird in the area. At Hecla Trumpeter Swan was added to the list. Virtually all raptors noted today were perched. The day’s total was 87 species.

On the whole, the hawk watch of 10 September 2022 was one of the poorest-ever, as far as total numbers of raptors were concerned, although the variety (13 species) was high. Weather conditions were excellent, which meant that the participants at least enjoyed a nice day in the field.

Rudolf Koes.