[Ontbirds] Detroit River Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2019) 2393 Raptors

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Sat Nov 16 17:49:19 EST 2019

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2019

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             348           3844          52052
Osprey                       0              0             35
Bald Eagle                   0             14             92
Northern Harrier             8             65            330
Sharp-shinned Hawk          21            225           4082
Cooper's Hawk                3             27            110
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk        144            392            587
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          64336
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk           1858           2990           3848
Rough-legged Hawk            1             10             11
Golden Eagle                10             27             31
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:                    2393           7605         126302

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Kevin Georg

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Rosemary Brady

We had some hardy souls come out today. Will made the trip from A Squared.
Michelle and Bill came out to play. Deana also visited. Luckily there were
plenty of birds to see.

Well, that's more like it! Rare NE winds with the barometer at a high for
the season of 30.5", what's not to like? We had sunshine for part of the
day which lifted our vitamin D levels if nothing else. Clouds did roll in
but dispersed late in the afternoon. Let's just say the wind in our face
was invigorating instead of chilling since the birds kept us warm.

Raptor Observations:
The red-tails were King for a day with 1858 birds coming early and often in
small kettles all day long. We were a little short on these birds so it was
nice to finally have a big day. Turkey vultures were a distant second with
348. Red-shoulders did their part to make it a special day with 144 birds
interspersed with the red-tails. Sharp-shins are still showing up with 21,
along with 3 Cooper's hawks. Only 1 rough-legged was spotted, can't help
but feel we left some on the table there. 8 harriers slid through. Helping
with our shortage of goldens this year, but not enough, were 10 golden
eagles, including one as the first bird of the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of waterfowl were up and about today. Many migrating strings of birds
and the hunters were out putting up the birds out on the lake. 5 sandhill
cranes were seen flying by. Plenty of crows in the morning hours, probably
in the thousands today, but we were too busy counting raptors to keep

The barometer will be falling tomorrow but from a very high starting point.
Winds will be light and possibly variable staying from mostly a SE
direction. Cloud cover will be increasing, so back to the gloom. Hopefully
the winds are strong enough to fly on but not too strong to push the birds
to the north. It doesn't look as good as today on paper but one never bets
the mortgage on bird migration so we may get lucky.
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (ajyes72 at gmail.com)
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