Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 15:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Kevin Georg
Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Frank Kitakis
Visitors: The visitors were thinned out today with the holiday rush over but we did have some nice conversations with the few that showed.
Weather: Change was in the air today as the radar looked like a multicolored lava lamp to the west of us. Barometric pressure was dropping, although not as much as predicted, and the winds picked up to fairly strong steady winds from the SW. A cold front should be passing through tonight with possible high winds and thunderstorms. Clearing is predicted after the front passes.
Raptor Observations: "Let's fly into a strong SW wind with a dropping barometer" said no raptor ever...except, of course, for the intrepid harrier. We did see a few today with their resolute pumping strokes headed south. Not much else although we did have our first American Kestrel fly over in the morning. Even the gulls were not as much in evidence today as it made for a slow afternoon with little to observe.
Non-raptor Observations: Caspian tern adults continue to be pestered by their offspring begging for food. The Forster's Tern population seemed to expand dramatically in the afternoon as their numbers grew from less than ten to about thirty in a flock. Our first Bonaparte's Gull was spotted, a juvenile bird. Local Bald Eagles were enjoying the winds and the local Osprey made a couple of appearances.
Predictions: If all goes to plan, the day should bring a high pressure system on the heels of the cold front. This brings the favored NE winds and should bring some soaring birds with it. Fingers crossed!! ======================================================================== Report submitted by Detroit River Hawk Watch (<jerry.jourdan...>) Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org