Date: 9/10/20 8:26 pm
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Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (10 Sep 2020) 59 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 10, 2020

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 19 19
Osprey 0 5 5
Bald Eagle 0 12 12
Northern Harrier 2 12 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 17 17
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 27 36 36
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 19 19
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 16 48 48
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 59 170 170

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Rosemary Brady, Sam Heilman

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In the word’s of a wise philosopher “It’s déjà vu all over
again”. To stay in the baseball vein, “Somewhere the sun is shining”.
Not for us though, we went through the early morning hours with fog with
light drizzle and it continued to mimic yesterday’s weather with gray
overcast skies until day’s end. I thought that perhaps three days of NE
winds was too good to be true and so it was. We have greater hopes for
tomorrow as the sun will finally show its face. The wind will continue from
the NE and the barometer, which at 30.3” was as high as we have seen it
this year, will stay high. We saw the potential of these conditions today
as we had fragments of a solid flight on the edges of the darker clouds.

Raptor Observations:
I suspect Holiday Beach may have had a better day than us today as it
seemed lighter in that direction and we could see sunlight on the wind
turbines in Canada for a few minutes as we shut down for the day. We
finally had a few sharp-shins fly by, totaling twelve for the day. Our
broad-winged total zoomed up to 27, including a small kettle of seven
birds. Two red-tails were observed. Kestrels continued to move in better
numbers than the sharp-shins with 16 on the day. Two harriers were spotted
later in the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
The usual members of our entourage were at work today. Local eagles and
osprey were looking for fish in their respective ways. The Caspian terns
continued with the adult followed by the juvenile calling its plaintive
plea for a free meal. Two common loons were seen at different times. One
nighthawk was seen passing over. Swallows and swifts are still very
plentiful although their prey is hard to see. Although a warbling vireo was
heard, little was seen of the migrant warblers and other passerines

Well, maybe the third time is the charm. The sun will come out tomorrow,
(hmmm), at least it is predicted to at the start of the watch. The wind
will continue in low double digits from the NE quadrant and the barometer
will be north of 30”. Perhaps it will look like a high pressure day
finally. The last two days got off to dark soggy starts with dry dark
endings but hope springs eternal.
Report submitted by Kevin Georg (<kevin.l.georg...>)
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