[Ontbirds] Detroit River Hawk Watch (02 Oct 2015) 2632 Raptors

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Fri Oct 2 19:03:54 EDT 2015


Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 02, 2015
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              1
Turkey Vulture            2481           3932           6338
Osprey                       0              0             73
Bald Eagle                   0              1             87
Northern Harrier            14             19            308
Sharp-shinned Hawk         115            332           3247
Cooper's Hawk                1              8             62
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3              5              5
Broad-winged Hawk            9            240          72445
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1
Red-tailed Hawk              6             14            121
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              1
American Kestrel             3             16            658
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:                    2632           4567          83430
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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:        Frank Kitakis, Greg Smith, John Elliott, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
8


Weather:
A streak of cloud cleaved the sky in two early, but by the end of the day,
a thin sheet of white had spread from horizon to horizon, snuffing out any
hint of blue. Temperatures reached the mid 50s but no higher. The wind did
us no favors for a third straight day, blustering out of the northeast
throughout. 

Raptor Observations:
Like yesterday, migratory activity started fairly strong but declined as
the day progressed. Sharp-shinned Hawks and Turkey Vultures dominated the
proceedings, their heft supplemented by a sprinkling of buteos and
harriers. Several detachments of vultures came a little closer early in the
day, but for the most part, the division remained well south of us.

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jay (18000+), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2), Northern Flicker (2),
Red-winged Blackbird (40+) Yellow-rumped Warbler (15+), Northern
Rough-winged Swallow (3), Tree Swallow (500+), Chimney Swift (3), Common
Loon (1), Forster's Tern (7)

Predictions:
Overcast with cool temps, strong northeast wind and a 60 percent chance of
afternoon rain.
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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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