[Ontbirds] Detroit River Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2019) 105 Raptors

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Thu Nov 14 20:28:57 EST 2019

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2019

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              14           3464          51672
Osprey                       0              0             35
Bald Eagle                   0             11             89
Northern Harrier            12             50            315
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12            194           4051
Cooper's Hawk                1             23            106
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk         12            243            438
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          64336
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             52           1102           1960
Rough-legged Hawk            1              6              7
Golden Eagle                 1             13             17
American Kestrel             0              4            702
Merlin                       0              1             32
Peregrine Falcon             0              6             52
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     105           5117         123814

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Kevin Georg

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Raburn Howland, Rosemary Brady

We had one nice couple from Taylor today. Not the most hospitable day
weather wise but we did get to show a sharpie passing over.

Another day that tested the resolve of those that choose to count hawks in
November. The skies retained their variations on the gray theme although
there was a very faint hint of blue as the clouds thinned during the early
afternoon hours. This was short lived as the clouds seemed to thicken again
and the air seemed more chilled. Winds were steady from WSW and thankfully
stayed below double digits allowing some birds to reach us today. The
barometer stayed steady at 30.2"

Raptor Observations:
An interesting day with some diversity, although not staggering numbers. 14
turkey vultures tripped the light fantastic. Number one on the list was 52
red-tailed hawks in many different plumages. Three species shared the
number 12, red-shoulders, harriers and sharp-shins. The gray ghosts seemed
to be on the move today. Coming in tied at 1 apiece were a light morph
rough-legged hawk, a Cooper's hawk, and a golden eagle.

Non-raptor Observations:
Common loons were observed out on the lake bobbing for shad. Bonaparte's
are still fishing for minnows in their delicate way. A few tree swallows
are still here but they were back to working the water instead of the snow
today. Ducks and swans are still taking flights around the area.

Another day that starts with WSW winds backing around to W later on. Winds
should be below double digits again. Barometer should be relatively stable
in a high normal pressure. Some sun should finally come out and the temps
should eke out a position above freezing, but not by much, and by not
enough for those foolish to sit outside all day. Could be a day much like
today with erratic flights and some downtimes. I think there are plenty of
birds out there but getting them close is another matter.
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (ajyes72 at gmail.com)
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