Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter: Kevin Georg
Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Mark Hainen, Raburn Howland
Visitors: Sam, our new volunteer spent the morning with us. Karen Markey brought the broad-wings with her in the afternoon. The Birthday Fairy visited Kevin Georg, our counter. Not sure how old he is but I guess I should as what he tells me never seems to change from year to year.
Weather: Misty rain to start the day with promised clearing later. Although we did see a little blue in the afternoon the clouds returned to dampen the flight in late afternoon. Barometer was up most of the day and winds were from a generally northern direction so we had elements of a good day in some respects.
Raptor Observations: We had a few hundred broad-winged hawks today so hopefully their numbers will be increasing soon. Sharp-shins and kestrels played a part with 44 and 19 respectively. Harriers almost made double digits with 9. It wasn't a bad haul for a day that was hampered by a bad beginning and a slow end.
Non-raptor Observations: Not much activity nearby today. Even our large flock of cormorants must have gone elsewhere to hunt. There did seem to be more swallows and martins in the air to confound us. Monarchs were plentiful for a few hours but slowed down later. We did not get a chance to count them when the broad-wings were sneaking across as they demand full attention.
Predictions: Another hot day with possible afternoon thunderstorms predicted tomorrow. Hot means winds from a southerly direction. Barometer is predicted to fall a little which might set up a nice day for Saturday. With turbulent weather you might get lucky but it all depends how the winds play out around you. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Kevin Georg (<kevin.l.georg...>) Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org