[Ontbirds] Detroit River Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2019) 95 Raptors

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Fri Nov 15 18:02:51 EST 2019

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2019

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              32           3496          51704
Osprey                       0              0             35
Bald Eagle                   3             14             92
Northern Harrier             7             57            322
Sharp-shinned Hawk          10            204           4061
Cooper's Hawk                1             24            107
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          5            248            443
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          64336
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             30           1132           1990
Rough-legged Hawk            3              9             10
Golden Eagle                 4             17             21
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:                      95           5212         123909

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Kevin Georg

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, John Elliot

Cupboard was bare today.

What light in yonder window breaks? er...never mind. We had a few minutes
where we saw the golden orb this morning only to be socked in by the
suffocating blanket of a solid cloud deck that looked like light fog at
times. Barometer stayed steady in the high zone. Winds seemed to be SW but
were difficult to judge at our site. The snow seems to be getting wetter
and shrinking in depth so the temps are above freezing but not by much.

Raptor Observations:
Another day of interesting diversity but diminishing returns as we reached
the later afternoon hours. 32 turkey vultures came by mostly in one group
and led the quantity contest. Red-tails were a close second with 30, again
in many different forms of plumage. 5 red-shoulders joined them in the
buteo category along with 3 rough-legged hawks, all light morphs. 10
sharpies, (good ole reliable sharpies), flew across with 1 Cooper's hawk
joining them in the accipiter class. Eagles were on the move with 3 bald
eagles and 4, count them, 4 golden eagles. We haven't had a big golden day
and our totals are way off this year so it is good to get multiples on any
given day. 7 harriers went loping by with 3 gray ghosts in that number.

Non-raptor Observations:
Plenty of waterfowl and swans are on the move filling the sky at times with
nervous flight energy. The channel buoys were removed today and the
Bonaparte's and ring-billed were feasting on the fish churned up by the
wheel on the tug. An eastern phoebe paid us a visit today in our little
denuded maple tree. Hooded mergansers continue to occupy the slip to our
left although out of reach of the camera. Tree swallows are still working
the lake.

Be still my beating heart. NE winds with a high barometer and sunny skies?
Could we hope for more? We have a chance of a good day tomorrow if the
forecast holds. Some of the important details have a habit of changing from
day to day so let's hope they got it right this time.
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (ajyes72 at gmail.com)
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