Detroit River Hawk Watch (22 Sep 2022) 2253 Raptors

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Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2022

Species            Day's Count    Month Total  Season Total


Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              15            75            75
Osprey                      1            12            12
Bald Eagle                  0            21            21
Northern Harrier            13            125            125
Sharp-shinned Hawk        185          1842          1842
Cooper's Hawk                1              7              7
Northern Goshawk            0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk        1907          33414          33414
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              7            104            104
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                0              0              0
American Kestrel          120            575            575
Merlin                      2            17            17
Peregrine Falcon            2            14            14
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:                    2253          36206          36206

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end  time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Kevin Georg

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Bill Peregord, Don Sherwood,
Erika Van Kirk

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:
Fighting to maintain position, trying to stay the course despite a
relentlessly persistent, gusty wind from the NW was the mission for today;
and that was just us, the birds had it even harder. If yesterday was
summer’s last heyday, then fall blew in like a lion today. Of course,
these are favored traveling conditions for raptors, the leading edge of a
high seems to reward us with our highest counts. Today was nothing for the
record books number wise, but it was a pleasant surprise to see quite a few
birds despite the helter-skelter winds from a direction that usually pushes
the raptors to our Canadian colleagues at Holiday Beach. (It did today, but
we got some leftovers) The sky was filled with dramatic cumulus clouds for
the most part with occasional teasing gaps of blue that never lasted long
before filling in again with gray bottomed heavyweights. Temperatures were
considerably lower today, as predicted, only reaching sixty-one degrees,
with the wind, it felt a few degrees cooler. Rather than falling, as
predicted, the winds actually seemed to gain strength in late afternoon
after some brief lulls, gusts were in the high twenty mph range. The
barometer climbed throughout the day from the low of yesterday. One more
day of increased pressure is predicted before dropping again. The winds
should be more tolerable tomorrow and hopefully the birds will continue to
take advantage.

Raptor Observations:
Broadwings led the way with 1,907 birds. We are starting to see more adult
birds in the mix now. Our biggest kettles were to the south toward the lake
which usually means we are missing a lot of them. We did have enough birds
fight their way into the wind to make the day interesting. Sharp-shins and
kestrels continue to run the gauntlet with 185 and 120 respectively. We had
a fairly decent harrier day with 13 noted. We counted 15 turkey vultures
today as a few of the premature evacuators seem to be feeling the urge to
go. Usually, we don’t start counting them until the last week of
September, or thereabouts. We may get a few hundred a day then, and in
October that turns to thousands a day. The falcon hat trick was once again
achieved with a pair of both merlins and peregrine falcons racing by in the
high winds. We also noted 7 red-tailed hawks today. A single osprey and
Cooper’s hawk were also tallied.

Non-raptor Observations:
We did see a few American White Pelicans up today. At one time they seemed
to be in one of the larger kettles of broadwings that we saw. A handful of
lesser yellow-legs passed through our airspace. Some of the cormorants were
taking advantage of the high winds and were seen soaring high aloft, not
something that you normally think of with these birds but a lot of birds go
up to fly high where you don’t normally see them. Plenty of swallows
continue their never-ending flights and quite a few gulls had taken to the
skies with them. The high drama of the day was when a young argonaut took
to the seas only to find her jet ski disabled by floating vegetation in the
intake to the pump; no water, no go. We see this frequently at this time of
year but since the winds were high and pushing her out to the lake, it grew
from a minor thing to possibly one with more serious consequences.  After
the best part of an hour when she had drifted out near the shipping channel
and rescue seemed unlikely in the near term, we called the Coast Guard and
also enlisted the help of a fisherman that was headed out that way. He
managed start the tow in before her father finally arrived in a small boat
that had no business being out in those winds. I did not see a lot of
smiling faces as they passed our location on the way in.

Predictions:
Tomorrow is forecast to be sunny with much more moderate winds. They should
stay in the single digits from the NNW region, which may help us a little.
After an overnight low of forty degrees the temperature should warm to the
low sixties but the lower strength winds should make that feel more
comfortable than today’s test. The barometer will continue to rise until
cresting before falling again on Saturday as more thunderstorms may arrive
on the weekend. Although the wind is not our favored NE wind, the signs are
all positive for good bird movement and hopefully the pipeline continues to
produce.


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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: Sep 22, 2022 ------------------------------------------------------------------- Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total ------------------ ----------- -------------- -------------- Black Vulture 0 0 0 Turkey Vulture 15 75 75 Osprey 1 12 12 Bald Eagle 0 21 21 Northern Harrier 13 125 125 Sharp-shinned Hawk 185 1842 1842 Cooper's Hawk 1 7 7 Northern Goshawk 0 0 0 Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0 Broad-winged Hawk 1907 33414 33414 Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0 Red-tailed Hawk 7 104 104 Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0 Golden Eagle 0 0 0 American Kestrel 120 575 575 Merlin 2 17 17 Peregrine Falcon 2 14 14 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: 2253 36206 36206 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours Official Counter: Kevin Georg Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Bill Peregord, Don Sherwood, Erika Van Kirk 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: Fighting to maintain position, trying to stay the course despite a relentlessly persistent, gusty wind from the NW was the mission for today; and that was just us, the birds had it even harder. If yesterday was summer’s last heyday, then fall blew in like a lion today. Of course, these are favored traveling conditions for raptors, the leading edge of a high seems to reward us with our highest counts. Today was nothing for the record books number wise, but it was a pleasant surprise to see quite a few birds despite the helter-skelter winds from a direction that usually pushes the raptors to our Canadian colleagues at Holiday Beach. (It did today, but we got some leftovers) The sky was filled with dramatic cumulus clouds for the most part with occasional teasing gaps of blue that never lasted long before filling in again with gray bottomed heavyweights. Temperatures were considerably lower today, as predicted, only reaching sixty-one degrees, with the wind, it felt a few degrees cooler. Rather than falling, as predicted, the winds actually seemed to gain strength in late afternoon after some brief lulls, gusts were in the high twenty mph range. The barometer climbed throughout the day from the low of yesterday. One more day of increased pressure is predicted before dropping again. The winds should be more tolerable tomorrow and hopefully the birds will continue to take advantage. Raptor Observations: Broadwings led the way with 1,907 birds. We are starting to see more adult birds in the mix now. Our biggest kettles were to the south toward the lake which usually means we are missing a lot of them. We did have enough birds fight their way into the wind to make the day interesting. Sharp-shins and kestrels continue to run the gauntlet with 185 and 120 respectively. We had a fairly decent harrier day with 13 noted. We counted 15 turkey vultures today as a few of the premature evacuators seem to be feeling the urge to go. Usually, we don’t start counting them until the last week of September, or thereabouts. We may get a few hundred a day then, and in October that turns to thousands a day. The falcon hat trick was once again achieved with a pair of both merlins and peregrine falcons racing by in the high winds. We also noted 7 red-tailed hawks today. A single osprey and Cooper’s hawk were also tallied. Non-raptor Observations: We did see a few American White Pelicans up today. At one time they seemed to be in one of the larger kettles of broadwings that we saw. A handful of lesser yellow-legs passed through our airspace. Some of the cormorants were taking advantage of the high winds and were seen soaring high aloft, not something that you normally think of with these birds but a lot of birds go up to fly high where you don’t normally see them. Plenty of swallows continue their never-ending flights and quite a few gulls had taken to the skies with them. The high drama of the day was when a young argonaut took to the seas only to find her jet ski disabled by floating vegetation in the intake to the pump; no water, no go. We see this frequently at this time of year but since the winds were high and pushing her out to the lake, it grew from a minor thing to possibly one with more serious consequences. After the best part of an hour when she had drifted out near the shipping channel and rescue seemed unlikely in the near term, we called the Coast Guard and also enlisted the help of a fisherman that was headed out that way. He managed start the tow in before her father finally arrived in a small boat that had no business being out in those winds. I did not see a lot of smiling faces as they passed our location on the way in. Predictions: Tomorrow is forecast to be sunny with much more moderate winds. They should stay in the single digits from the NNW region, which may help us a little. After an overnight low of forty degrees the temperature should warm to the low sixties but the lower strength winds should make that feel more comfortable than today’s test. The barometer will continue to rise until cresting before falling again on Saturday as more thunderstorms may arrive on the weekend. Although the wind is not our favored NE wind, the signs are all positive for good bird movement and hopefully the pipeline continues to produce. ======================================================================== 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