[Ontbirds] Detroit River Hawk Watch (03 Oct 2015) 524 Raptors

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Sat Oct 3 16:56:36 EDT 2015


Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 03, 2015
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              1
Turkey Vulture             493           4425           6831
Osprey                       0              0             73
Bald Eagle                   1              2             88
Northern Harrier             3             22            311
Sharp-shinned Hawk          15            347           3262
Cooper's Hawk                1              9             63
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk            1            241          72446
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1
Red-tailed Hawk              8             22            129
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              1
American Kestrel             1             17            659
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:                     524           5091          83954
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Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Don Sherwood

Observers:        Greg Smith, Joan Tisdale

Visitors:
15+


Weather:
Another messy Saturday, today was overcast, cold, windy and rainy. The wind
blustered out of the northeast and the rain picked up in intensity by
mid-afternoon, chasing us off.

Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures bobbed and weaved among the rain drops, joined by a nice
variety of other species given the low overall totals.

Non-raptor Observations:
Tree Swallow (2300+), Bufflehead (19), Wood Duck (3), Common Loon (1),
Bonaparte's Gull (9),  Forster's Tern (15), Caspian Tern (4)

Predictions:
Partly cloudy with warmer temps and moderate east wind. Hopefully, a wind
shift and clearer skies sends some more raptors our way.
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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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