[Ontbirds] HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (13 Oct 2012) 928 Raptors

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Mon Oct 15 19:10:20 EDT 2012

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2012

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             821          25187          28935
Osprey                       0             14             66
Bald Eagle                   0             52            173
Northern Harrier             3             38            170
Sharp-shinned Hawk          63            895           2525
Cooper's Hawk                3             49            186
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk         10             26             44
Broad-winged Hawk            1              4          40923
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              3
Red-tailed Hawk             21            198            384
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             3            101            473
Merlin                       0              6             27
Peregrine Falcon             2              9             25
Unknown Accipiter            0             10             30
Unknown Buteo                0              4             18
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             21             57

Total:                     928          26616          74043

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Don Sherwood

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Jonathan Stein

Rodney Laura and Rosemary Brady

Overcast with moderate wind out of the southwest, shifting more easterly
late. Rain ended the count early.

Raptor Observations:
It was a pretty good buteo day despite the overcast conditions. Red-tailed
and Red-shouldered hawks came by in solid numbers and a Broad-winged Hawk
ventured by for the first time in a while.

Non-raptor Observations:
A Common Loon flew overhead early. American Crows (250+) were moving in the
morning. A Blue-headed Vireo was heard at one point. Ruby-crowned and
Golden-crowned kinglets were seen in the trees along the trails. Chimney
Swifts (25+) were still around.  
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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