[Ontbirds] HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (15 Sep 2012) 608 Raptors

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Sat Sep 15 19:09:02 EDT 2012

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2012

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              67            265            265
Osprey                       0             37             37
Bald Eagle                   4             46             46
Northern Harrier             1             47             47
Sharp-shinned Hawk          73            520            520
Cooper's Hawk                3             29             29
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          398           1489           1489
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              8             37             37
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            51            237            237
Merlin                       1              9              9
Peregrine Falcon             1              5              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              8              8
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              6              6

Total:                     608           2735           2735

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Fred Kirn, John Elliott

More than 200 people stopped by the site today, way too many to name. A big
thank you to those who did.

Cool in the morning, the sun was out in full force by midday. Very few
clouds were visible at any point. The wind was moderate and out of the
northwest at first and then strengthened and shifted to the east.

Raptor Observations:
Some small groups of broadwings pushed through late when the wind shifted.
Observers who moved down to Point Mouillee around noon reported that
several thousand crossed to the south of us earlier in the day. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Palm, Cape May, Nashville and Blackpoll warblers were seen in the trees
around the count site. Five Horned Grebes were foraging in the channel for
a second straight day. Two Black Crowned Night Herons, a Lesser Yellowlegs
and a Killdeer flew by in the early morning. 

Sunny and clear with temperatures in the 70s and light wind out of the
southwest. Maybe a southward wind shift will push a few more kettles our
way. Come on out to the park and join us for the second day of Hawk Fest
2012 to see if it does.
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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