[Ontbirds] HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (04 Oct 2012) 330 Raptors

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Thu Oct 4 18:10:59 EDT 2012

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 04, 2012

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             247           1346           5094
Osprey                       1              3             55
Bald Eagle                  12             20            141
Northern Harrier             3              9            141
Sharp-shinned Hawk          49            193           1823
Cooper's Hawk                1              8            145
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              6             66            252
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1              1
American Kestrel             7             24            396
Merlin                       1              1             22
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               2              4             40

Total:                     330           1686          49113

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Fred Kirn, John Elliott, Patrick Mulawa,
                  Raburn Howland

Rodney Laura, Jim Lynch and Pete Przybylski

Sunny and clear, temperatures were mostly in the low 70s. The wind was
moderate to strong and out of the southwest throughout.

Raptor Observations:
Eagles were the big story. The fall's first Golden Eagle was seen today and
it was another great day in what's turning into a blowout season for Bald
Eagles. The Golden Eagle was very cooperative, pulling up to circle behind
us and offering up nice scope views for all those interested. 

Non-raptor Observations:
A Greater Yellowlegs was heard calling in the late morning. An American
Pipit flew directly overhead in the early afternoon. Chimney Swifts
continue to be seen in small numbers. Blue Jays (1000+) and Red-winged
Blackbirds (500+) were noted throughout the day.

Mostly cloudy with highs in the low 60s and winds strong out of the west.
There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation after 9 am.
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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