[Ontbirds] HSR: DRHW- Lake Erie Metropark (28 Nov 2011) 59 Raptors

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Mon Nov 28 16:11:34 EST 2011

DRHW- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 28, 2011

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               9           1309          52743
Osprey                       0              0             85
Bald Eagle                   1             47            227
Northern Harrier             2             51            275
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             97           5331
Cooper's Hawk                3            111            762
Northern Goshawk             0             15             26
Red-shouldered Hawk         18            270            474
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0         195858
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              5
Red-tailed Hawk             22           2197           4033
Rough-legged Hawk            0             11             19
Golden Eagle                 4             72            167
American Kestrel             0              2            664
Merlin                       0              1             21
Peregrine Falcon             0              3             21
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             61
Unknown Buteo                0             19             60
Unknown Falcon               0              2              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              2
Unknown Raptor               0             16             40

Total:                      59           4228         260879

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Patrick Mulawa


There was some blue to be seen upon arrival but that was quickly snuffed
out by overcast skies, which lingered for the rest of the day. Misty rain
began to pour down just before we left. The wind, moderate to strong
throughout, was out of the northwest.

Raptor Observations:
A solid day of late November movement that could have been much better with
a little more clearing and a little less wind. Red-shouldered hawks were
well-represented. All four golden eagles were detected over a 45-minute
span during the 1 o'clock hour.

Non-raptor Observations:
American crows were moving today. More than 10,000 crows could be seen
migrating past.

A 100 percent chance of heavy rain, rendering a hawkcount unlikely.
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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