[Ontbirds] HSR: Detroit River Hawk Watch (21 Nov 2014) 115 Raptors

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Fri Nov 21 16:11:22 EST 2014


Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               6           2200          69757
Osprey                       0              0             56
Bald Eagle                  18             86            331
Northern Harrier            21             80            384
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            132           4603
Cooper's Hawk                6             52            454
Northern Goshawk             2              6              9
Red-shouldered Hawk          3            174            740
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1         184860
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              4
Red-tailed Hawk             50           1471           4272
Rough-legged Hawk            1             15             25
Golden Eagle                 5             69            120
American Kestrel             0              2            563
Merlin                       0              3             46
Peregrine Falcon             0              4             51
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             31
Unknown Buteo                0              8             33
Unknown Falcon               0              0              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             41

Total:                     115           4316         266384
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, John Elliott

Visitors:
0


Weather:
Few clouds to contend with but temperatures remained bitterly cold. The
channel retained its thick layer of ice and the ground its light dusting of
snow. Not nearly as strong today, the wind blustered out of the west early,
shifting more southwest late.

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles and Northern Harriers headlined a captivating late November
flight. Both species continued their recent strong showings, pushing
through the viewing area without delay, particularly during the late
afternoon. They were joined by a nice number of Redtails, five Goldens (two
of which came right overhead), a Roughleg, three Shoulders and a couple
Goshawks, all adding to the flight's overall quality.

Non-raptor Observations:
Sandhill Crane (18), Tundra Swan (150+), Canada Goose (180+), Horned Grebe
(25+), scaup sp. (6000+), American Coot (500+), Gadwall (220+), Canvasback
(140+), Ruddy Duck (60+), Bufflehead (4), Common Goldeneye (3), Common
Merganser (3), Hooded Merganser (2), Red-breasted Merganser (5),
Bonaparte's Gull (70+), Great Blue Heron (8), Killdeer (1), American Crow
(3000+), Tree Swallow (2), American Pipit (15+), Horned Lark (2), Pine
Siskin (40+)

Predictions:
Mostly cloudy skies with warmer temps reaching into the low 40s, moderate
southwest wind and a 60 percent chance of freezing rain in the morning.
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Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 at gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 


Site Description:
The Detroit River Hawk Watch (a joint venture of the Detroit River
International Wildlife Refuge and its Friends group, the International
Wildlife Refuge Alliance) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located
approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. The location is at the
mouth of the Detroit River as it enters Lake Erie.

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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