[Ontbirds] Detroit River Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2015) 44 Raptors

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Thu Nov 19 17:42:23 EST 2015

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2015

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              1
Turkey Vulture              24           1391          73509
Osprey                       0              1             81
Bald Eagle                   9             40            195
Northern Harrier             1            107            583
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4            194           5513
Cooper's Hawk                0             39            234
Northern Goshawk             0              1              5
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            193            669
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          72461
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1
Red-tailed Hawk              6           2149           3791
Rough-legged Hawk            0              9             13
Golden Eagle                 0             34             88
American Kestrel             0              4            816
Merlin                       0              5             46
Peregrine Falcon             0              3             35
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             16
Unknown Buteo                0             12             38
Unknown Falcon               0              0              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              1
Unknown Raptor               0             10             40

Total:                      44           4197         158140

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jonathan Stein

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Raburn Howland


Greeted by an expanse of blue sky, we were left to wonder: where are all
the clouds? Fear not for it wasn't long before a battalion of cumulus
wandered in from the west. The cumulus continued to accumulate until early
afternoon but the southwest wind, already strong, increased in intensity
and blew them away, bringing plenty of blue sky back into view for the
remainder of the day. Temperatures held steady in the low 50s throughout.
Surprisingly, that combined with the strong southwest wind and mostly
cloudy sky made for a not entirely unpleasant outing.

Raptor Observations:
Bald Eagles luxuriated in the gusting wind this afternoon. Hearty and spry,
their unflappability was a sight to behold. Two roving vulture gangs joined
them, as did four straggling sharpies, six amiable Redtails and one
courageous Gray Ghost. Everyone else rendered a negative verdict on the

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon (1), Tundra Swan (20+), Ruddy Duck (1), Common Goldeneye (3),
Red-breasted Merganser (40+), scaup sp. (5000+) 

Sunny with cool temps and strong west wind.
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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