[Ontbirds] Detroit River Hawk Watch (01 Oct 2015) 1935 Raptors

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Thu Oct 1 18:18:48 EDT 2015


Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2015
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              1
Turkey Vulture            1451           1451           3857
Osprey                       0              0             73
Bald Eagle                   1              1             87
Northern Harrier             5              5            294
Sharp-shinned Hawk         217            217           3132
Cooper's Hawk                7              7             61
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk          231            231          72436
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1
Red-tailed Hawk              8              8            115
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              1
American Kestrel            13             13            655
Merlin                       0              0             27
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             19
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              9
Unknown Buteo                0              0              5
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              1
Unknown Raptor               0              0             20

Total:                    1935           1935          80798
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Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Joan Tisdale, Raburn Howland, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
8


Weather:
The strong northeast wind crafted a compelling overhead tableau, bending
and shaping the high cirrus and shifting cumulus into a charming assortment
of mare's tails and mackerel scales. Alas, a tall ship carrying low sails
never floated by to round out the scene. 

Raptor Observations:
Engaged from the get-go, Sharp-shinned Hawks wasted no time plowing their
way south. The first two hours featured a steady diet of high sharpies
riding the northeast wind. The season's first Red-shouldered Hawks graced
us with their presence as well. However, movement slowed to a crawl after
noon, leaving us little but vultures to count the rest of the way.

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jay (30000+), Chimney Swift (25+), Northern Rough-winged Swallow
(15+), Tree Swallow (90+), Blue-winged Teal (3), Common Green Darner (1)

Predictions:
Similar to today: partly cloudy 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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