Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 23 32 32
Osprey 1 5 5
Bald Eagle 5 17 17
Northern Harrier 19 43 43
Sharp-shinned Hawk 100 810 810
Cooper's Hawk 2 6 6
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 14146 26701 26701
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 6 89 89
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 100 254 254
Merlin 1 10 10
Peregrine Falcon 0 8 8
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
Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Kevin Georg
Observers: Bill Peregord, Don Sherwood, Erika Van Kirk, Mark Hainen
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.
The watch is graced with a second substitute author today. Apprentice Erika
here, jumping in to take the narrative out for a spin and hopefully
bringing it home in one piece. We kicked off the morning with some
favorable NE winds and as we moved through the day they shifted to a more
southerly direction. Cumulus clouds treated us to their impression of
meringue in the making with their soft peaks and at times over-beaten
appearance. Overall, it was a pleasant day for humans at the count site,
with tolerable humidity and temperatures topping out at 70.
If variety really is the spice of life, we were fully seasoned today. We
had our biggest northern harrier day of 2022 by far with 19 making a move,
and an even, satisfying 100 kestrels were tallied. Our trusty sharpies
totaled 138 today. We also spotted 23 turkey vultures making a run for it
and five bald eagles heading decisively out of town. We had one merlin and
six red-tails also make an appearance.
Once the clouds cleared a bit in the mid-afternoon the birds started
flowing in earnest like quarters from a triple cherry payout. We observed
massive kettles of broad-winged hawks, each comprising thousands of birds.
The kettles were pretty far off and kept filling up from the bottom, with
more and more birds creating ever-shifting bowl, sphere, and column forms.
All-in-all we had 14,164 broad-wings move through with 11,900 between 4:00
A kingfisher repeatedly ripped past us just barely above the surface of the
water time and time again, all the while laughing its head off at everyone
who was too slow to grab a photo. Swallows made their daily late afternoon
snack run and were seen zipping around over the water.
Tomorrowâs forecast is calling for S and SW winds, but at least they are
fairly light. When there are so many birds moving so late in the day, we
are likely to have some leftovers for breakfast or brunch the next day.
More site information at hawkcount.org: https://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at: