[Ontbirds] HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (05 Oct 2012) 362 Raptors

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Fri Oct 5 18:10:44 EDT 2012

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2012

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             309           1655           5403
Osprey                       2              5             57
Bald Eagle                   0             20            141
Northern Harrier             2             11            143
Sharp-shinned Hawk          43            236           1866
Cooper's Hawk                4             12            149
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              2             68            254
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             0             24            396
Merlin                       0              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               0              4             40

Total:                     362           2048          49475

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

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Frank Kitakis, John Elliott

Jim Maki, Jim Lynch, Justin Otani and Russell Conard

Light rain delayed the start of the count. Overcast, temperatures were
mostly in the upper 50s. The wind was light to moderate and out of the

Raptor Observations:
Not a whole lot going on.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Goldfinches (75+) were moving, as were Great Blue Herons (12).
There was a nice flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers (55+) foraging in the
trees near the count site. Mixed in were a handful of Blackpoll and
Black-throated Green warblers. 

Partly sunny with highs in the mid 50s and blustery (10-20 mph) wind out of
the west.
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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