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, Patrick Mulawa
Visitors: We had some enthusiastic visitors today, some new to the craft and enjoying learning. It was a pleasure to teach some of the things we have learned to such a receptive audience.
Weather: After getting rained out the first day, the weather was late summer-like with clear skies on a high barometer in the morning with clouds filling in and barometer slowly starting to fall in the afternoon hours. Winds tailed off during the day leaving humid weather with threatening looking clouds beginning to form. Change is on the way.
Raptor Observations: We saw our first Broad-winged hawks today including a youngster that flew close by as the first of the season. A few Red-tailed hawks were seen. Eagles were seen all day but were deemed to be local birds as none of them flew with a purpose. Local osprey was noted too. Most of the migrating birds were seen relatively early and the late afternoon hours were left to the local birds.
Non-raptor Observations: Labor Day brings out the boats and we were treated to quite the variety at the boat launch were we toil away. One vessel had twelve hundred HP hung on the transom and earned the respect of the gearheads in the crowd. In the sky, many gulls, swallows, and cormorants needed IDing to make sure they weren't raptors sneaking through.
Predictions: Change is in the forecast tomorrow with late afternoon T-Storms and a plunging barometer. This sets up what looks to be a much better Wednesday with rising pressure and NE winds. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Detroit River Hawk Watch (<jerry.jourdan...>) Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org