Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 9 9
Bald Eagle 0 3 3
Northern Harrier 0 20 20
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 37 37
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 222 222
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 10 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 6 43 43
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 1 3 3
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Kevin Georg
Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Mark Hainen
We are still dealing with the residue of the Covid 19 situation. The
workers at the site will be in an enclosed area that is designed for four
people only. We still love to interact and share our love of hawk watching
with visitors. Feel free to ask questions and look over our shoulders to
help you follow the birds. Watch the weather for favorable forecasts as the
birds are predictable to some degree based on weather situations.
One other thing of note this year; the boat-launch bathroom building has
been shut down for the foreseeable future due to plumbing issues. There are
Porta-Johns in the parking lot should you require them.
The trees were doing the Watusi today under the influence of a boisterous,
incessant wind coming out of the SW. In the morning hours before it built
to its full strength, we did see a few birds that must have roosted nearby
overnight. The day was mostly sunny but there were a couple of slowly
passing bands of clouds early on that gave us some relief; they were
substantial enough to have us doubting the forecast a little. The barometer
did fall, but only a few hundredths of an inch. The dominant factor in our
lack of success today was the strength and direction of the wind which
pushed any migrants well to the north.
We did manage to snag some falcons today, six kestrels and one peregrine.
Most of those came early before the wind really gained momentum. The local
eagles, osprey and red-tails were seen frequently surfing on the wind. We
did receive a report from Port Huron that made us aware of broad-wings
crossing just south of Lake Huron. This is a good demonstration of the
effects of wind-force on birds that ride the winds to move to the south.
They take the path of least resistance to conserve energy during their long
migration journey. There is a lot of distance (about eighty miles) between
the bottom of Lake Huron and our spot at Lake Erie which is the last chance
for them to avoid crossing a large body of water. If they are forced away
from their normal route by adverse winds, they find another way.
Today the swallows moved close by to harvest a hatch on the water in front
of us. Swallows at times can be very effective mimics of falcons in flight.
It is necessary to watch carefully and avoid calling them too early to
avoid hawk watcher demerits and the accompanying shame and attached stigma.
The high winds seemed to reduce the number of gulls high in the air and
they were seen riding the storm out on the water. Our cedar waxwings were
present today in the alder accompanied by a few unidentified warblers. A
green heron flew close by and perched for a short while in a tree along the
shore. Warblers were still present in the woods along the trails.
Tomorrow will see continuing, though diminishing, winds from the SW. Cloud
cover will build to make it a partly cloudy day instead of partly sunny.
Barometric pressures will stay below thirty inches and wobble a little
during the day. There is an underlying threat of precipitation and we did
see some very high cirrus clouds today for a brief time which may have
foretold a chance of rain. The rain threat is relatively low but will build
in the coming days until Wednesday, when it appears more probable. Tomorrow
is not a day on paper that seems extremely promising for migration but
sharpies and kestrels should be increasing in numbers during the second
half of the month and hopefully they will keep us busy.
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