Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter: Kevin Georg
Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Mark Hainen, Patrick Mulawa, Raburn Howland
Visitors: We had a couple of welcome visitors today although the traffic through the sky was less than we would have liked to show them. It picked up after they left....hmmm?
Weather: High barometric pressure through most of the day but tailing off late. The skies were constantly changing and snapshots taken at different times during the day would convince those not present that they were not taken on the same day. It was time to put on the big-boy pants as a cool wind off the lake from ENE going to a more southerly direction during the day made for a brisk early fall day.
Raptor Observations: We are starting to see some diversity with 6 migrating species counted today and a couple more local species noted. Although bald eagles can be a difficult call because of the local population we did see a number of them flying with a definite purpose in mind and following the protocol to be counted. Broad-winged are starting to come in small flights with 23 throughout the day. Sharp-shinned hawks started to fly and kestrels joined them. The always distinctive Northern Harriers were up to double digits as well.
Non-raptor Observations: ONe of the "issues" we have at this site is separating the wheat from the chaff. At times the gulls and swallows/martins can be challenging to see through. Avian flak makes the job a little harder as gulls like to kettle while they hawk insects. Today the birds were fairly distant but when you are looking for broad-winged kettles the gulls kettling at a distance demand close attention.
Predictions: Weather Underground predicts that the barometer will fall and the winds will be southerly tomorrow. These are not the best conditions for our site but when this low passes it may look up on Saturday with rising pressures and northerly winds. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Detroit River Hawk Watch (<jerry.jourdan...>) Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org