[Ontbirds] HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (03 Oct 2012) 345 Raptors

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Wed Oct 3 18:10:32 EDT 2012

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 03, 2012

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             273           1099           4847
Osprey                       0              2             54
Bald Eagle                   1              8            129
Northern Harrier             2              6            138
Sharp-shinned Hawk          64            144           1774
Cooper's Hawk                0              7            144
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5             23
Broad-winged Hawk            0              3          40922
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              3
Red-tailed Hawk              3             60            246
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             17            389
Merlin                       0              0             21
Peregrine Falcon             0              1             17
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             21
Unknown Buteo                0              1             15
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2             38

Total:                     345           1356          48783

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess

Jim Lynch, Paul Cypher and Rodney Laura

Heavy fog delayed us for a couple hours at the start. Once the fog lifted,
it remained overcast much of the time. The wind was moderate and out of the

Raptor Observations:
But for a fleeting run of Sharp-shinned Hawks in the early afternoon, there
was little to be seen.

Non-raptor Observations:
Small numbers of Pine Siskins and Purple Finches were heard overhead. Blue
Jays, American Goldfinches and Red-winged Blackbirds continue to move
through. On the trails, Yellow-rumped, Blackpoll and Palm warbler were
noted as well as Golden-crowned Kinglet. Also, Red-breasted Nuthatches
continue to be heard with regularity.

Partly sunny with highs in the upper 70s and strong wind out of the
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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