[Ontbirds] HSR: DRHW- Lake Erie Metropark (17 Oct 2011) 802 Raptors

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Mon Oct 17 17:10:39 EDT 2011

DRHW- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2011

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             669          15059          15576
Osprey                       2             13             82
Bald Eagle                   8             64            161
Northern Harrier             1             76            178
Sharp-shinned Hawk          73           1548           3959
Cooper's Hawk                8            345            444
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             23             25
Broad-winged Hawk            0            641         195857
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              5
Red-tailed Hawk             10            259            337
Rough-legged Hawk            2              3              3
Golden Eagle                 3              8              8
American Kestrel            24            217            621
Merlin                       1              5             16
Peregrine Falcon             1              4             17
Unknown Accipiter            0             16             30
Unknown Buteo                0             10             10
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              7             11

Total:                     802          18300         217344

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Frank Kitakis, John Elliott, Patrick Mulawa, Rodney Laura

Jackie Owens and Rick Belville dropped in during the last hour and were
treated to some slowly developing turkey vulture migration.

It was cool and clear today with a touch of haze limiting visibility
slightly. For most of the day, there was nary a cloud to be seen. The wind
was out of the southwest early, shifting more to the west as the day

Raptor Observations:
A fun-filled, 12 species day with a lot of different things going on. After
such dreary weather of late, it was good to see a fairly solid push of
turkey vultures during the afternoon. Adult accipiters were out in full
force, staying low to the water and frequently shooting by just overhead.
Kestrels made a nice mid-October showing. We also added three more golden
eagles and two more rough-legged hawks to the season total. All three
eagles came in quick succession during the 11 o'clock hour and one of the
rough-legged hawks, a dark morph adult, crossed slowly directly overhead,
offering up spectacular views. A red-tailed hawk chased around a
black-crowned night heron for a good while in the morning, which was an
enjoyable observance. And expecting to see a bald eagle come up with a fish
from the channel, we were stunned to watch the bird instead pluck a
squirrel from the water and fly off with it around noon. 

Non-raptor Observations:
The first hour of the watch featured an astonishing number of tree
swallows, especially for mid-October. Tens of thousands of swallows poured
out of the sky, many passing overhead but many, many more passing north of
us in one long, broad swarm of birds. A raft of five american coots was
seen from the watch site in the morning. Pied-billed grebes appear to be
arriving in greater numbers. A bonaparte's gull was also noted. 

Partly cloudy with winds out of the west but also a 40 percent chance of
rain all day. Let's hope the rain doesn't become an issue.
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (jonathanjstein at gmail.com)
SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark information may be found at:

Site Description:
The primary site used by the Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of
the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and it's Friends group, the
International Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie
Metropark located approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. A
secondary site, the Headquarters of Pointe Mouillee State Game Area is used
during certain wind conditions. When staffing is available, both sites can
be used at the same time. The season begins on the first day of September
and concludes on the final day of November. For details and directions, log
on to www.drhawkwatch.org

Directions to site:
Lake Erie Metropark:

>From I-75, exit at Huron River Drive (exit 27). Continue east on Huron
River Drive. Turn left on West Jefferson and proceed a few hundred yards to
the entrance of Lake Erie Metropark. After paying the entrance fee, follow
the signs to the Boat Launch.

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