Date: 9/6/19 8:28 pm
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Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (06 Sep 2019) 73 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 06, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 2 2
Osprey 4 8 8
Bald Eagle 2 15 15
Northern Harrier 13 32 32
Sharp-shinned Hawk 50 56 56
Cooper's Hawk 0 2 2
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 52 52
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 31 31
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 3 14 14
Merlin 1 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
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: 73 215 215

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

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, John Elliott, Mark Hainen

It was a pleasure to see Miss Jessie, our biologist overlord at the watch
this morning. Otherwise, it was a slow day for visitors as the weather
looked iffy.

Another day with many looks, falling barometer with disturbed air all
around. We were forced back to our chariots at one point by light but
persistent rain. Afterwards, a sunny fall day returned for a couple of
hours until once again the sky was darkened by cloud.

Raptor Observations:
The falling barometer forecast would seem to favor the non-buteo birds
today and so it was. We managed a half century of sharpies and double
digits of harriers. After the rain had passed the Sharp-shinned Hawks
starting moving in small groups as they are wont to do.

Non-raptor Observations:
The weather seemed to dampen the enthusiasm of most of the birds around us.
The highlight of the day was watching an osprey make repeated dives on a
bald eagle. The eagle turned upside down in defensive anticipation with
talons at the ready a few times. After about twenty dives, the eagle
finally decided that discretion was the better part of valor as he flew out
of the offended ospreys territory.No raptors were harmed during the course
of this display.

With a mostly rising barometer (there is a dip forecast in the middle of
the day) and winds from WNW going to NW we might expect some sightings of
buteos tomorrow. Not a perfect forecast but certainly more promising than
Report submitted by Detroit River Hawk Watch (<jerry.jourdan...>)
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