[Ontbirds] HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (02 Oct 2012) 432 Raptors

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Tue Oct 2 20:10:39 EDT 2012

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 02, 2012

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             397            826           4574
Osprey                       1              2             54
Bald Eagle                   1              7            128
Northern Harrier             0              4            136
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11             80           1710
Cooper's Hawk                4              7            144
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              5             23
Broad-winged Hawk            0              3          40922
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              3
Red-tailed Hawk             13             57            243
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             15            387
Merlin                       0              0             21
Peregrine Falcon             1              1             17
Unknown Accipiter            1              1             21
Unknown Buteo                0              1             15
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2             38

Total:                     432           1011          48438

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

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Fred Kirn

Rodney Laura

Some early morning rain resulted in a late start. Heavy cloud cover
lingered for most of the day. The wind was strong and out of the northeast
early and the southeast late.

Raptor Observations:
Beyond the Turkey Vultures, activity was minimal.

Non-raptor Observations:
Our first Bonaparte's Gulls (65+) of the season floated by. Four
black-bellied plovers were observed in the morning. Yellow-rumped Warblers
(35+) continue to be abundant in the trees around the count site.

Mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 60s and a 40 percent chance of rain.
The wind looks to be strong and out of the south.
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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