[Ontbirds] Detroit River Hawk Watch (28 Sep 2015) 188 Raptors

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Mon Sep 28 17:13:43 EDT 2015

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2015

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              1              1
Turkey Vulture              60           1126           1126
Osprey                       2             73             73
Bald Eagle                   2             85             85
Northern Harrier             9            279            279
Sharp-shinned Hawk         102           2796           2796
Cooper's Hawk                0             54             54
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            3          72163          72163
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              1            105            105
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             3            618            618
Merlin                       0             26             26
Peregrine Falcon             5             17             17
Unknown Accipiter            0              9              9
Unknown Buteo                1              5              5
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             20             20

Total:                     188          77380          77380

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

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Patrick Mulawa


We were greeted by a high ceiling of stubborn gray clouds today. Unwilling
to budge through the morning hours, not until the afternoon did a few hints
of blue begin to peek through. Soon enough, the blue began to beat back the
dissolving gray, taking over by mid-afternoon. But a resilient blanket of
gray clouds returned to reclaim its place above, swallowing any last
remnants of blue sky and, just for good measure, showering us with a few
flecks of late afternoon drizzle as we headed back to our cars. Humid,
temperatures remained in the low to mid 70s for most of the day. As for the
wind, it was light and out of the south early, strengthening and blustering
out of the southeast later.

Raptor Observations:
Cloudy skies suppressed activity in the morning, limiting our flight to a
handful of sharpies and harriers. With afternoon clearing came an uptick in
volume and variety. Five swift peregrines stole the show, though, not a
single one dawdling even for a moment. All five motored through, pumping
hard from first sighting to last. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Tree Swallow (16000+), Blue Jay (7500+), Red-winged Blackbird (40+),
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1), Blackburnian Warbler (1), Black-throated Blue
Warbler (1), Yellow-rumped Warbler (4), Blackpoll Warbler (6), Red-eyed
Vireo (4), Northern Flicker (5), American Robin (40+), Forster's Tern
(30+), Pied-billed Grebe (3), Black Saddlebags (2), Common Green Darner
(2), Monarch (69) 

Overcast with strong north wind and a 40 percent chance of afternoon rain.
Report submitted by Jonathan Stein (steinjj19 at gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:

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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