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, Raburn Howland
Visitors: Bill and Michelle paid us a visit. The weekends usually bring more visitors and today was no exception. It's still a little early to reap the best rewards but those days will be upon us soon so keep coming.
Weather: A wolf in sheep's clothing kind of a day. Started off with partly sunny skies and a barometer above 30" Hg all day. Winds from NW that turned to ENE but the dark clouds that accumulated and filled the sky looked threatening during the afternoon and the steady trickle of birds dried up.
Raptor Observations: The calendar says we should expect these kinds of flights but we are hungry for more. Sharpies led the way again with 30+ birds and the broad-wings followed with 21. Harriers numbered seven birds but were outnumbered by American kestrels at eight. Another day in which unless you had 10X vision you might have missed the action above you. Very high flights for the most part and mostly off the direct lane above us.
Non-raptor Observations: A lot of gull flak today as they kettled in big numbers in our usual observation areas. The dark juvenile birds can be especially distracting as they soar and imitate buteos rather convincingly.
Predictions: Barometer is predicted to peak around noon and then fall. Winds will end up coming from SE. I would expect a similar day to today with moderate numbers of birds. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Detroit River Hawk Watch (<jerry.jourdan...>) Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org