Date: 9/9/19 8:23 pm
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Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (09 Sep 2019) 160 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 09, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 2 2
Osprey 1 9 9
Bald Eagle 0 15 15
Northern Harrier 5 50 50
Sharp-shinned Hawk 41 181 181
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 103 210 210
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 55 55
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 8 36 36
Merlin 0 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 3
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: 160 566 566

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Mark Hainen, Patrick Mulawa

Our visitors were fortunate to see a few small kettles of broad-wings.
Nothing too close unfortunately, as has been the case for all of this

Into each life a little unforecast rain must fall and so it was with us
today. Light rain to begin and very rough textured skies for most of the
day as we waited for the predicted clearing. It arrived at quitting time
with skies turning from purple clouds to blue skies within the last hour.
Winds turned as predicted to SSE, rising and falling throughout the day.

Raptor Observations:
An odd day with little movement for the first couple of hours but our
boredom was broken by the sight of our first broad-winged hawk kettle of 25
birds. The movement of birds continued at a moderate pace until the middle
afternoon hours when it dried up again. Over 100 broad-wings, over 40
sharpies, a double handful of kestrels and one of harriers.

Non-raptor Observations:
Today was the day the monarchs had their picnic. (with apologies to the
teddy-bears) There were so many at times it was difficult to locate birds
and mistaking monarchs for sharpies was a definite possibility. Over 1600
on the clicker but we may not have done them justice as it would have taken
many people to get an accurate count. We have had good numbers the last
couple of years but this was a standout day.

The temps are scheduled to rise to summer type numbers in the high eighties
tomorrow and that usually means winds from the south. Not usually our
favored winds or temps so bring the sunscreen and hope for the best.
Report submitted by Detroit River Hawk Watch (<jerry.jourdan...>)
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