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
Visitors: 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.
Weather: 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.
Predictions: 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 today. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Detroit River Hawk Watch (<jerry.jourdan...>) Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org