[Ontbirds] HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2012) 151 Raptors

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Thu Nov 15 15:11:30 EST 2012

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2012

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              94           4255          43232
Osprey                       0              0             70
Bald Eagle                   0             20            208
Northern Harrier             1             24            243
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             81           3583
Cooper's Hawk                6             94            454
Northern Goshawk             1              9             18
Red-shouldered Hawk         12            212            441
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          40923
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk             36           1834           2893
Rough-legged Hawk            0              6             12
Golden Eagle                 0             39             43
American Kestrel             0              4            531
Merlin                       0              1             38
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             30
Unknown Accipiter            0              8             55
Unknown Buteo                0              2             37
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8             85

Total:                     151           6597          92902

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

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Patrick Mulawa, Raburn Howland

Rodney Laura and Mark Wloch

Couldn't have asked for nicer November weather: mostly sunny with highs in
the mid 40s and a gentle breeze throughout.

Raptor Observations:
It was a little livelier today than it's been lately. I even had to get out
the clicker and count a few Turkey Vulture kettles for the first time in a
while. Spotting a juvenile Northern Goshawk circling above the boat launch
parking lot was a nice way to end the day. 

Non-raptor Observations:
A flock of Common Redpolls (20+) flew in to perch for a short time in the
bare Maple to our left, offering up good, well-lit looks. Great Blue Herons
were moving (15+), as were American Crows (400+). Ruddy Ducks, Bufflehead
and Lesser Scaup continue to be seen in the channel. A pair of American
Black Ducks flew by late in the day. 

Similar to today, it's going to be sunny with highs in the mid 40s and
light and variable wind.
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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