[Ontbirds] Detroit River Hawk Watch (30 Sep 2015) 1482 Raptors

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Wed Sep 30 19:30:16 EDT 2015


Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 2015
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              1              1
Turkey Vulture            1280           2406           2406
Osprey                       0             73             73
Bald Eagle                   1             86             86
Northern Harrier            10            289            289
Sharp-shinned Hawk         118           2915           2915
Cooper's Hawk                0             54             54
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           42          72205          72205
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              2            107            107
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel            24            642            642
Merlin                       1             27             27
Peregrine Falcon             2             19             19
Unknown Accipiter            0              9              9
Unknown Buteo                0              5              5
Unknown Falcon               1              2              2
Unknown Eagle                1              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             20             20

Total:                    1482          78863          78863
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Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:45:00 
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Jim Lynch, Joan Tisdale, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
5


Weather:
Some high cirrus and occasional cumulus was all that stood between us and a
clear blue sky. Temperatures fell today, never breaking into the 70s for
the first time in a long time. Coupled with the strong north wind, the last
day of September was the first to feel even a little like October.

Raptor Observations:
After a relatively quiet September, Turkey Vultures took to the skies
today, parading south after noon, a few small groups of Broad-winged Hawks
in tow. American Kestrels reasserted themselves after a quiet week.
Sharp-shinned Hawks continued to shoot by in good numbers, wrapping up
their best September since 2010.  And not to be outdone, finishing out
their best September since 2007, Northern Harriers produced yet another
double-digit flight.

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jay (35000+), Least Sandpiper (6), Pine Siskin (1), Horned Lark (2),
Tree Swallow (200+), American Goldfinch (30+), Chimney Swift (5), Canada
Goose (50+), Forster's Tern (30+), Common Green Darner (3), Monarch (15)

Predictions:
Mostly sunny with mild temps and strong northeast wind.
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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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