Detroit River Hawk Watch (18 Nov 2022) Raptors

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Fri, Nov 18, 2022 8:56 PM

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2022

Species            Day's Count    Month Total  Season Total


Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              0          1004          65797
Osprey                      0              0            16
Bald Eagle                  0              8            73
Northern Harrier            0            15            390
Sharp-shinned Hawk          0            34          5871
Cooper's Hawk                0            13            80
Northern Goshawk            0              1              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            116            449
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          67350
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0          1163          4172
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                0            12            29
American Kestrel            0              0            981
Merlin                      0              7            75
Peregrine Falcon            0              2            62
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon              0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor              0              0              0

Total:                      0          2376        145348

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end  time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Kevin Georg

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Sarah deGuise

Visitors:
We are located by the boat launch in Lake Erie Metropark in a fenced off
area at the Hawk Watch site. This does not mean that we do not welcome
interaction with any and all visitors. We enjoy talking about what we do
and sharing our knowledge with beginners and experts alike. Please feel
free to come up and talk to us. We usually have our backs turned to the
parking lot as we scan the skies in front of us. This should not be
interpreted as a sign of reluctance to engage; this is how we do our job.
We have friendly people that do not bite and the welcome mat is always out.

Weather:
Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and
expecting different results. Based on that pithy observation from a true
genius, we decided not to push the envelope and called the watch early
after three hours of zero birds. Our sanity is somewhat suspect anyway
since we sit outside for a quarter of the year in all types of weather. You
don’t have to be crazy to do what we do, but it helps. Today had “No”
written all over it from the start. The winds continued from the western
end of things with increased vigor today. Always blowing in double digit
speeds and headed upward, it kept any traffic well away from us. The
temperatures were at the freezing point and ice on the marsh waters was
proof that the readings were correct. Light snow flew multiple times and
our vison was somewhat obscured due to atmospheric conditions. We had the
occasional glimpse through a small blue porthole but even darker clouds
soon closed that off. The barometer stayed just above thirty inches,
although the look of the sky said it should probably have been lower than
that. Thankfully, we are spared the lake effect snows that are burying some
communities today. We did, however, pick up an NFL football game to be
played here in Detroit due to those same snows.

Raptor Observations:
“Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’ “-Billy Preston

Non-raptor Observations:
The birds that were on the move today were tundra swans. They flew by,
sometimes in their classic Vee formation, but more often in smaller groups
of threes and fours at low altitudes. This was unusual for them as we
usually see them high against a blue sky, rather than broken up into small
groups down closer to the ground. We did hear their familiar call a number
of times; alerting us to their presence before we could see the white birds
against a dirty gray sky. A large choir of Canada geese flew by making
dissonant noises, as is their wont. Fairly quiet otherwise, the duck
hunter’s guns occasionally breaking the relative peace.

Predictions:
Tomorrow has similar characteristics to today, only worse. The wind will be
blowing from the SW between fifteen and twenty mph. The temperatures will
be below freezing; in the low twenties at the start of the watch, and
staying in the twenties all day. Skies will remain cloudy, although no
precipitation is expected during the watch hours. The barometer will bump
up a little overnight. This does not have any positive signs and I would
expect a truncated watch again tomorrow since the winds will move any
migrants well off to the north.


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Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (ajyes72@gmail.com)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org

More site information at hawkcount.org:  https://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo -  Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2022

Detroit River Hawk Watch Brownstown, Michigan, USA Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2022 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total ------------------ ----------- -------------- -------------- Black Vulture 0 0 0 Turkey Vulture 0 1004 65797 Osprey 0 0 16 Bald Eagle 0 8 73 Northern Harrier 0 15 390 Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 34 5871 Cooper's Hawk 0 13 80 Northern Goshawk 0 1 2 Red-shouldered Hawk 0 116 449 Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 67350 Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0 Red-tailed Hawk 0 1163 4172 Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1 Golden Eagle 0 12 29 American Kestrel 0 0 981 Merlin 0 7 75 Peregrine Falcon 0 2 62 Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0 Unknown Buteo 0 0 0 Unknown Falcon 0 0 0 Unknown Eagle 0 0 0 Unknown Raptor 0 0 0 Total: 0 2376 145348 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Observation start time: 09:00:00 Observation end time: 12:00:00 Total observation time: 3 hours Official Counter: Kevin Georg Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Sarah deGuise Visitors: We are located by the boat launch in Lake Erie Metropark in a fenced off area at the Hawk Watch site. This does not mean that we do not welcome interaction with any and all visitors. We enjoy talking about what we do and sharing our knowledge with beginners and experts alike. Please feel free to come up and talk to us. We usually have our backs turned to the parking lot as we scan the skies in front of us. This should not be interpreted as a sign of reluctance to engage; this is how we do our job. We have friendly people that do not bite and the welcome mat is always out. Weather: Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Based on that pithy observation from a true genius, we decided not to push the envelope and called the watch early after three hours of zero birds. Our sanity is somewhat suspect anyway since we sit outside for a quarter of the year in all types of weather. You don’t have to be crazy to do what we do, but it helps. Today had “No” written all over it from the start. The winds continued from the western end of things with increased vigor today. Always blowing in double digit speeds and headed upward, it kept any traffic well away from us. The temperatures were at the freezing point and ice on the marsh waters was proof that the readings were correct. Light snow flew multiple times and our vison was somewhat obscured due to atmospheric conditions. We had the occasional glimpse through a small blue porthole but even darker clouds soon closed that off. The barometer stayed just above thirty inches, although the look of the sky said it should probably have been lower than that. Thankfully, we are spared the lake effect snows that are burying some communities today. We did, however, pick up an NFL football game to be played here in Detroit due to those same snows. Raptor Observations: “Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’ “-Billy Preston Non-raptor Observations: The birds that were on the move today were tundra swans. They flew by, sometimes in their classic Vee formation, but more often in smaller groups of threes and fours at low altitudes. This was unusual for them as we usually see them high against a blue sky, rather than broken up into small groups down closer to the ground. We did hear their familiar call a number of times; alerting us to their presence before we could see the white birds against a dirty gray sky. A large choir of Canada geese flew by making dissonant noises, as is their wont. Fairly quiet otherwise, the duck hunter’s guns occasionally breaking the relative peace. Predictions: Tomorrow has similar characteristics to today, only worse. The wind will be blowing from the SW between fifteen and twenty mph. The temperatures will be below freezing; in the low twenties at the start of the watch, and staying in the twenties all day. Skies will remain cloudy, although no precipitation is expected during the watch hours. The barometer will bump up a little overnight. This does not have any positive signs and I would expect a truncated watch again tomorrow since the winds will move any migrants well off to the north. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (ajyes72@gmail.com) Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org More site information at hawkcount.org: https://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285 Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at: https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2022