Observation start time: 08:00:00 Observation end time: 14:30:00 Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter: Kevin Georg
Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Mark Hainen, Rosemary Brady
Visitors: We did have few visitors but those hardy souls were not treated to much activity.
Weather: For those of you with triskaidekaphobia, you may have valid reasons for your fears. Not our finest hour today as a barometer that fell slowly at first but accelerated late foretold a slow day. In the end we cut it short when thunder came as a prelude to another deluge from the heavens, light show included.
Raptor Observations: A few sharpies kept our faint hopes alive but they were so spaced out that it felt like a very barren day all the way through. One juvenile broad-winged did not get the memo and came by. We did see a handful of American kestrels and one peregrine for good measure. Only one harrier showed up in the morning hours.
Non-raptor Observations: Not really much to see today as all the locals seemed to take it easy. We did observe a couple of killdeer early trying their best to make us record them as kestrels. Otherwise a slow day at the ranch.
Predictions: Tomorrow shows more promise. The barometer should be rebounding during the day and the winds are going up to double digits but from the west. Not the ideal wind but I would think that buteos might move under those conditions. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Kevin Georg (<kevin.l.georg...>) Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org