[Ontbirds] HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (01 Oct 2012) 579 Raptors

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Mon Oct 1 19:10:15 EDT 2012

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2012

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             429            429           4177
Osprey                       1              1             53
Bald Eagle                   6              6            127
Northern Harrier             4              4            136
Sharp-shinned Hawk          69             69           1699
Cooper's Hawk                3              3            140
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          3              3             21
Broad-winged Hawk            3              3          40922
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              3
Red-tailed Hawk             44             44            230
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            14             14            386
Merlin                       0              0             21
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             16
Unknown Accipiter            0              0             20
Unknown Buteo                1              1             15
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              2             38

Total:                     579            579          48006

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        John Elliott, Patrick Mulawa

Jim Lynch, Jeff Schultz, Jim Dixon, Jennifer Smith and Kurt Smith all
stopped by.

It was a pleasant first day of October, quiet and calm.  The sun was mostly
obscured by a high, thin layer of cloud that provided a nice spotting
background. Fog was present for a brief period in the morning but quickly
dissipated. The wind was light and out of the east and northeast.

Raptor Observations:
A slow morning gave way to a more active afternoon that saw a good number
of buteos and Turkey Vultures streaming past. Red-tailed Hawks were the
star attraction most of the time. Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawks continue to
be seen with regularity. And a handful of Broad-winged Hawks wandered by as

Non-raptor Observations:
A large flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers (25+) was foraging in the trees at
our back. Joining them was a lone Blackpoll Warbler. A Carolina Wren was
singing and a Red-breasted Nuthatch was calling in the morning. Two Pine
Siskins passed overhead. Chimney Swifts (5) are still hanging around. And
of course, Blue Jays (5000+) remain a constant presence. 

Cloudy with highs in the upper 60s and a 30 percent chance of rain. The
wind will be out of the east northeast and around 10 mph.
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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