[Ontbirds] HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (19 Sep 2012) 2363 Raptors

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Wed Sep 19 20:09:42 EDT 2012

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 2012

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              16            298            298
Osprey                       0             44             44
Bald Eagle                   5             56             56
Northern Harrier             4             62             62
Sharp-shinned Hawk          42            659            659
Cooper's Hawk                0             29             29
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk         2278           8212           8212
Swainson's Hawk              1              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              6             45             45
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             7            259            259
Merlin                       3             15             15
Peregrine Falcon             1              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              8              8
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9              9

Total:                    2363           9704           9704

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Jim Lynch, John Elliott


It was sunny and clear as could be from start to finish. Our wind was light
and out of the west and then strengthened and shifted to the southeast. 

Raptor Observations:
We had a nice midday broadwing flight with several large groups streaming
past, one of which featured the season's first Swainson's Hawk. When the
wind shifted to the southeast in the late afternoon, activity came to a
screeching halt.

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jays (500+) were moving through all day.

Partly sunny with a chance of rain in the morning and strong south winds
all day. 
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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