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, John Elliot, Mark Hainan, Mark Hainen, Rosemary Brady
Visitors: We did have some hardy souls visit us today but their resolve was tested by the persistent winds and no one saw the full day out.
Weather: A sky to inspire poets at start of day. Sunlit cotton balls spread around the blue sky. "I wandered lonely as a cloud" (WW) But these clouds were not wandering, they were driven by a strong cold wind with a northern element all day long. By day's end we had a solid steel gray ceiling and all thoughts of daffodils were gone. The barometer had jumped nearly four tenths overnight and with that kind of pressure gradient comes high winds. Quite a change from our record tying temp of 88 on Monday, we only managed the 50's today.
Raptor Observations: The winds and barometer indicated that birds would be moving today and so they were. The winds were so strong that we may have lost some birds over the lake as they were pushed south of us. We counted over 7400 turkey vultures, 113 Broad-wings, 84 sharp-shins, 12 red-tailed hawks, 11 kestrels, 7 harriers, 5 Cooper's hawks and 3 peregrines. Not the best flight lines for us today so we had to work for those birds.
Non-raptor Observations: Over 9500 blue jays were anxious to leave Canada today with the taste of what's to come in terms of weather inspiring them.
Predictions: Rain is in the forecast for tomorrow night as I write. Preceding this will be a significant drop in the barometer during the day and the wind will take a more easterly direction headed around to SE. Temps will still be in the 50's. Not the best conditions for movement but the "I don't care birds": sharpies, kestrels and harriers may still be moving. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Jerry Jourdan (<jerry.jourdan...>) Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org