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12/5/19 10:47 am Michael Parow <mlparow...> [birders] Wild turkeys
12/5/19 9:19 am 'Melissa Pappas' via Birders <birders...> [birders] Large Raptor Willow Run
12/4/19 11:31 am Faye Stoner <faye.stoner...> [birders] Two flocks of tundra swans
12/3/19 9:54 am Susan Falcone <sfalcone...> [birders] OT--Susan Falcone's Bird Art--2019 Holiday Open Studio (Sat Dec 7)
12/2/19 8:49 am <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (30 Nov 2019) 94 Raptors
12/1/19 2:53 pm Johannes <jpst51...> Re: [birders] The Term Morph Is Inappropriate
12/1/19 12:27 pm Phil Bugosh <peb729...> [birders] Oakland County Christmas Bird Count, Saturday, December 14
12/1/19 12:02 pm Phil Bugosh <peb729...> [birders] OAS Young Birders' Field Trip Saturday, December 7
12/1/19 7:46 am Alan Ryff <alryff...> Re: [birders] The Term Morph Is Inappropriate
12/1/19 3:10 am 'C Rickards' via Birders <birders...> Re: [birders] The Term Morph Is Inappropriate
11/30/19 5:35 pm JOHN PARKER <parkerj15...> Re: [birders] The Term Morph Is Inappropriate
11/30/19 3:59 pm Alan Ryff <alryff...> [birders] The Term Morph Is Inappropriate
11/30/19 3:26 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (30 Nov 2019) 118 Raptors
11/30/19 5:58 am <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (29 Nov 2019) 29 Raptors
11/29/19 4:09 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (29 Nov 2019) 13 Raptors
11/29/19 3:56 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (29 Nov 2019) 13 Raptors
11/28/19 3:58 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (28 Nov 2019) 128 Raptors
11/28/19 2:57 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (28 Nov 2019) 48 Raptors
11/28/19 5:12 am <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (27 Nov 2019) Raptors
11/27/19 2:14 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (27 Nov 2019) 1 Raptors
11/26/19 5:40 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (26 Nov 2019) 16 Raptors
11/26/19 2:35 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (26 Nov 2019) 33 Raptors
11/25/19 3:25 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (25 Nov 2019) 11 Raptors
11/25/19 1:39 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (25 Nov 2019) 6 Raptors
11/24/19 6:59 pm Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> [birders] Fall bird banding totals posted
11/24/19 2:51 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (24 Nov 2019) 13 Raptors
11/24/19 2:02 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (24 Nov 2019) 53 Raptors
11/24/19 12:37 pm Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon sightings?
11/24/19 12:36 pm Chipperatl10 <chipperatl10...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon sightings?
11/24/19 12:28 pm Alice Elliott <alelliot...> [birders] Gyrfalcon sightings?
11/24/19 9:53 am 'P. swanson' via Birders <birders...> [birders] Sunday sightings
11/24/19 3:32 am Barbara Lucas <blgreensource...> [birders] Re: Does anyone have the "Wingspan" board game I can borrow?
11/23/19 6:26 pm Janet Hinshaw <jhinshaw...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
11/23/19 3:20 pm Andrew Pawuk <andrewpawuk...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
11/23/19 3:11 pm Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
11/23/19 2:06 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (23 Nov 2019) 165 Raptors
11/23/19 1:47 pm madxofaa <madxofaa...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
11/23/19 12:56 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (23 Nov 2019) 60 Raptors
11/23/19 10:09 am <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (22 Nov 2019) 237 Raptors
11/23/19 8:37 am Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon continues
11/23/19 6:28 am Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon continues
11/23/19 5:56 am Barbara Lucas <blgreensource...> [birders] Does anyone have the "Wingspan" board game I can borrow?
11/22/19 4:26 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (22 Nov 2019) 250 Raptors
11/22/19 8:28 am Jason Frenzel <charlesfrenzel...> [birders] Fwd: Huron River Watershed Field Job
11/22/19 5:43 am Phil Bugosh <peb729...> [birders] Reminder: OAS/WAS Field Trip Saturday November 23, Belle Isle
11/21/19 4:20 pm ANDREW DETTLING <dendroica...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
11/21/19 2:17 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (21 Nov 2019) 44 Raptors
11/21/19 1:51 pm ANDREW DETTLING <dendroica...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
11/21/19 1:44 pm 'Denise' via Birders <birders...> Re: [birders] Gyrfakcon.
11/21/19 1:00 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (21 Nov 2019) Raptors
11/21/19 10:39 am 'pat j' via Birders <birders...> Re: [birders] Gyrfakcon.
11/21/19 10:16 am 'pat j' via Birders <birders...> Re: [birders] Gyrfakcon.
11/21/19 8:43 am John Parker <parkerj15...> [birders] Gyrfakcon.
11/20/19 4:59 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (20 Nov 2019) 3 Raptors
11/20/19 4:17 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (20 Nov 2019) 19 Raptors
11/20/19 12:53 pm Alan Ryff <alryff...> [birders] A Third Flyway?
11/20/19 10:06 am 'Mike Sefton' via Birders <birders...> [birders] Tonight: Belize is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30pm, Ann Arbor, all invited
11/20/19 5:00 am Matthew Spoor <matthew.spoor...> [birders] Washtenaw Audubon Updates
11/19/19 1:33 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2019) 18 Raptors
11/19/19 1:24 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2019) Raptors
11/19/19 11:49 am ANDREW DETTLING <dendroica...> Re: [birders] New State Wide Mich Listers on What’s App
11/19/19 11:33 am <juliet.berger...> Re: [birders] New State Wide Mich Listers on What’s App
11/19/19 11:00 am 'Mike Sefton' via Birders <birders...> [birders] Belize is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wednesday, 20 Nov, 7:30pm, Ann Arbor, all invited
11/19/19 10:30 am ANDREW DETTLING <dendroica...> [birders] New State Wide Mich Listers on What’s App
11/19/19 10:11 am Melissa Pappas <mpappas53...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
11/19/19 9:39 am Ann Alvarez <annra.new...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
11/19/19 9:13 am Steven & Kari <birderdudegasser...> [birders] Gyrfalcon
11/19/19 5:32 am Phil Bugosh <peb729...> [birders] OAS/WAS Field Trip Saturday November 23, Belle Isle
11/18/19 3:58 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (18 Nov 2019) 326 Raptors
11/18/19 2:28 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (18 Nov 2019) 360 Raptors
11/18/19 10:50 am Janet Hinshaw <jhinshaw...> [birders] White fronted geese
11/17/19 4:34 pm Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon continues
11/17/19 4:12 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2019) 818 Raptors
11/17/19 3:07 pm 'pat j' via Birders <birders...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon continues
11/17/19 3:03 pm marla andersen <gavimm9...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon continues
11/17/19 2:54 pm Curt Hofer <curthofer...> Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon continues
11/17/19 2:50 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2019) 591 Raptors
11/17/19 2:01 pm 'pat j' via Birders <birders...> [birders] Gyrfalcon continues
11/17/19 7:45 am Chipperatl10 <chipperatl10...> Re: [birders] David A. Sibley on Sunday Morning NOW
11/17/19 6:32 am Ray Stocking <rstocking...> Re: [birders] David A. Sibley on Sunday Morning NOW
11/17/19 6:06 am marla andersen <gavimm9...> [birders] David A. Sibley on Sunday Morning NOW
11/16/19 4:55 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2019) 3069 Raptors
11/16/19 3:55 pm Laura Woolley <lewoolle...> Re: [birders] Bluebirds Back!
11/16/19 2:49 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2019) 2393 Raptors
11/16/19 12:45 pm <juliet.berger...> Re: [birders] Bluebirds Back!
11/16/19 11:45 am Laura Woolley <lewoolle...> [birders] Bluebirds Back!
11/15/19 3:38 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2019) 164 Raptors
11/15/19 3:02 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2019) 95 Raptors
11/14/19 5:29 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2019) 105 Raptors
11/14/19 2:43 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2019) 138 Raptors
11/13/19 8:32 pm Patricia Burden <tallerpat526...> Re: [birders] Dead Mourning Doves
11/13/19 4:15 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (13 Nov 2019) 105 Raptors
11/13/19 3:19 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (13 Nov 2019) 108 Raptors
11/13/19 1:43 pm 'P. swanson' via Birders <birders...> Re: [birders] Dead Mourning Doves
11/13/19 12:48 pm Patricia Burden <tallerpat526...> [birders] Dead Mourning Doves
11/12/19 4:01 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2019) 455 Raptors
11/12/19 3:42 pm Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> Re: [birders] snow brings fox sparrow
11/12/19 3:32 pm Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> Re: [birders] snow brings fox sparrow
11/12/19 2:18 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2019) 278 Raptors
11/12/19 12:01 pm Susan MIller <smiller179...> [birders] snow brings fox sparrow
11/12/19 5:54 am Phil Bugosh <peb729...> [birders] Reminders: OAS Program Tonight Nov 12, Field Trip Wednesday Nov 13, Stony Creek Metropark
11/12/19 3:26 am <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (11 Nov 2019) Raptors
11/11/19 2:30 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (11 Nov 2019) 28 Raptors
11/11/19 7:09 am Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> Re: [birders] Help with id
11/11/19 7:07 am Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> Re: [birders] Help with id
11/11/19 7:04 am Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> Re: [birders] Help with id
11/11/19 7:03 am 'jochen roeder' via Birders <birders...> Re: [birders] Help with id
11/11/19 6:59 am Korie Blyveis <korie.blyveis...> Re: [birders] Help with id
11/11/19 6:43 am Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> Re: [birders] Help with id
11/11/19 6:03 am Korie Blyveis <korie.blyveis...> [birders] Help with id
11/10/19 5:35 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (10 Nov 2019) 176 Raptors
11/10/19 1:55 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (10 Nov 2019) 324 Raptors
11/10/19 10:20 am Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> [birders] October and November bird banding highlights
11/10/19 5:48 am Phil Bugosh <peb729...> [birders] Oakland Audubon Society Meeting/Program Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 PM - Everyone is invited
11/9/19 4:06 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (09 Nov 2019) 360 Raptors
11/9/19 2:13 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (09 Nov 2019) 259 Raptors
11/9/19 9:59 am Robert setzer <doctorbass...> Re: [birders] First junco!
11/9/19 9:58 am Robert setzer <doctorbass...> Re: [birders] First junco!
11/9/19 9:47 am Eve Wilson <evew...> [birders] First junco!
11/8/19 5:06 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (08 Nov 2019) 1214 Raptors
11/8/19 4:20 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (08 Nov 2019) 1268 Raptors
11/8/19 3:00 am 'Suzanne (Moses) Vedder' via Birders <birders...> [birders] Late Redstart!
11/7/19 5:49 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (07 Nov 2019) 477 Raptors
11/7/19 4:18 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (07 Nov 2019) 636 Raptors
11/7/19 12:16 am Cendra Lynn <cendralynn...> [birders] smaller than a kettle
11/6/19 4:38 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (06 Nov 2019) 31 Raptors
11/6/19 4:38 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (06 Nov 2019) 31 Raptors
11/6/19 3:28 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (06 Nov 2019) 287 Raptors
11/6/19 3:02 pm 'C Rickards' via Birders <birders...> Re: [birders] Cody Porter
11/6/19 8:25 am <parkerj15...> [birders] Cody Porter
11/5/19 5:28 pm 'Steve Jerant' via Birders <birders...> [birders] Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 11/04/2019
11/5/19 4:53 pm <reports...> [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (05 Nov 2019) 318 Raptors
11/5/19 4:24 pm <reports...> [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (05 Nov 2019) 566 Raptors
11/5/19 2:13 am Patrick Baize <pkbaize...> Re: [birders] OT: Where to Bird and see Wildlife in Florida?
 
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Date: 12/5/19 10:47 am
From: Michael Parow <mlparow...>
Subject: [birders] Wild turkeys
There’s a flock of 31 Wild Turkeys currently enjoying leftover corn in a field on the SE corner of Lohr Road and Ellsworth outside Ann Arbor. They appear to be in two separate groups.

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Date: 12/5/19 9:19 am
From: 'Melissa Pappas' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Large Raptor Willow Run
Unfortunately, we weren't able to stop or even slow down to get a better look. Did not look like a red tail. Mottled gray/brown. On fence, Airport Service Road, airport side, long straight before Kalitta curve. Note there is a lot of work being done at the intersection of Tyler and Airport Service Road 

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Date: 12/4/19 11:31 am
From: Faye Stoner <faye.stoner...>
Subject: [birders] Two flocks of tundra swans
Birders,

I thought I sent this yesterday but just now realized the first try failed. Am trying again.......

Was birding at
Burns-Stokes Preserve, Washtenaw County,
near where Zeeb Rd. goes over the Huron River, yesterday late morning.

Saw two flocks of tundra swans fly over; first one was 28 birds, then just two minutes later saw a second flock of about 50 swans. This was at 12:30 p.m.

As almost always has happened for me when seeing these birds in the fall, I hear them first, sometimes just faintly, then I struggle to see where they are. Sometimes I have seen flocks up rather high in the sky but today the swans were fairly low and heading due south!

For me, these beautiful white birds heading south is a stirring sight!

Faye


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Date: 12/3/19 9:54 am
From: Susan Falcone <sfalcone...>
Subject: [birders] OT--Susan Falcone's Bird Art--2019 Holiday Open Studio (Sat Dec 7)
Hello birders,

Many of you know me and my nature watercolor work, and know that this time of year I am working steadily toward my upcoming open studio, painting and framing, finishing many new pieces that do not go to shows with me.

There will be a welcoming home well-decorated for the season, home-baked treats & Tom's home-roasted coffee, Matt's music, great company for visiting, and of course my studio!

SATURDAY DEC 7 2019 (10-4)
7400 Plymouth Rd (southwest corner of Plymouth & Prospect, across from Frains Lake)

**from Ann Arbor, go ~5 miles east on Plymouth Rd to the last house on the right before Prospect
**OR, from M-14 take the Ford Rd exit & go 1/2 mile east to the last house on the right before Prospect
**OR, from I-94 take US-23 north to the Plymouth Rd exit, then go ~5 miles east on Plymouth Rd to the last house on the right before Prospect
**from the east, take Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd west (about 9 miles from I-275) to the first house on the left past Prospect

Please email me for a flyer.

Hope to see you!
Susan
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Falcone Studio/Studies from Nature
Ann Arbor MI - (734) 995-1681
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Date: 12/2/19 8:49 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (30 Nov 2019) 94 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 30, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 41 4251 52459
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 23 101
Northern Harrier 0 81 346
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 290 4147
Cooper's Hawk 2 40 123
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 567 762
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 46 4096 4954
Rough-legged Hawk 0 12 13
Golden Eagle 2 58 62
American Kestrel 0 5 703
Merlin 1 3 34
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 53
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 94 9434 128131
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Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
Two of our most loyal visitors came today to see an end to the season.
Michelle and Bill bought their energy and enthusiasm and warmed up the day
a little. Not enough mind you; it was a very cold day.


Weather:
As so we end, not so much with a bang, not so much with a whimper, but a
fair to middling day that reminded us that we knew the job was dangerous
when we took it. Cold NE winds turned more robust and bent towards the E
and stayed in our face off the lake all day long. Temps were in the 30’s
(F), real feels in the 20’s, and the extremities felt it. It was another
day with cloud cover that grew in intensity, deleting the sun and all
effects thereof, it was hard to ID birds in the dark. The barometer stayed
above 30”Hg, but barely, after falling a tenth during the shortened day.
The rain that had been forecast for an earlier time stayed away.

Raptor Observations:
The raptor parade began abruptly and ended the same way. The NE winds
finally delivered some movement but the window was small and then it
closed. Red-tails once again led the way with 46 birds. Only 1
red-shouldered made the trip. 2 golden eagles came across bringing our
season total to 62. 41 vultures were seen dallying in the wind wondering
where the rest of their flocks had gone. 2 sharp-shins and 2 Cooper's hawks
continued the near perfect attendance record for the accipiters, sharpies
are seen on almost every day. A surprise merlin was seen harassing the
local avian population as our last bird of the season.

Non-raptor Observations:
Sandhill cranes are still on the move although the numbers were smaller
today. The numbers of waterfowl seen in the air, and on the lake
especially, were staggering. One scene looked like a murmuration of ducks
with tens of thousands on the wing milling about. A fox was seen at the
site just behind us. This is the second sighting of a fox in the park
recently. Unfortunately, we have not seen our injured herring gull for a
few days and we fear the worst.

Predictions:
Although we will no longer be keeping track of the birds officially, all of
us should keep an eye on the sky as migration does not stop when we flip a
page on the calendar. It was a real pleasure working with a bunch of
special people this year and meeting new visitors who wish to witness one
of the miracles of nature. It is a long and difficult slog at times sitting
though all kinds of wind and weather conditions for three months but the
people you meet and the views of nature make it all worthwhile. Until next
year...
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 12/1/19 2:53 pm
From: Johannes <jpst51...>
Subject: Re: [birders] The Term Morph Is Inappropriate
this morning at willow run; i was lucky to see the Gyr on a fence along Tyler Rd.

Johannes Postma

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>
> 
> Yes, I am aware of what you say. On line there is a lengthy published paper about the alleles of Gyrfalcon color. Poptapov also discusses the ultraviolet spectrum of Gyrfalcon colors as giving distant recognition of gender in flight, something handy for pair formation and reproduction. My intent for posting was the reports of a "gray morph" Gyr . Assuming there is only one (?) Gyr in the neighborhood, how do you transpose a brown bird into gray as an accurate field report? If there is more than one Gyr, time will tell. This is going on the assumption that individual raptors are being correctly identified to species.
> Alan
> On Sunday, December 1, 2019, 6:10:41 AM EST, 'C Rickards' via Birders <birders...> wrote:
>
>
> In entomology the term "form" tends to be used to distinguish between different colored individuals of the same species.
> It is purely descriptive and has very little scientific value but it serves as an aid to identification. The whole field of taxonomy is being blown apart by DNA analysis, where biogeography and anatomical features are tending to have less influence and the very use of the term "subspecies" will likely be abandoned in favor of "form" of "species".
>
> So, If you want to correctly identify an unusual bird, best to wait for it to poop and get it in a baggy.
> But this can hardly apply to a bird as stunning as a Gryfalcon.
>
> chris Rickards
> On Sunday, December 1, 2019, 12:59:32 AM GMT+1, Alan Ryff <alryff...> wrote:
>
>
> The Term Morph Is Inappropriate
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/snow-shadow/albums/72157712006118477
>
> As if we didn’t know, we asked a solitary roadside birder, “Looking for something?”
> “The Gyrfalcon.”
> “Have you seen it?”
> “No.”
> “Why isn’t anybody else looking?”
> “They’re all at Grace Lake, waiting and hoping.”
>
> Well, Maggie and I spent a little time in the parking lot overlooking Grace Lake from the southwest side. There were gulls: Herrings, Ring-bills and Lesser Black-backs, as well as some Canadas, Mallards and Common Mergs, but no falcon, just distant birders standing with their scopes on the east side of the lake.
>
> A falcon of the tundra, one that perches on the ground or on low human-made objects, needs extensive unobstructed views, a place with wide open spaces, low-cut grass. So we went to the airport.
>
> It was about 3:20 PM. We couldn’t ask for better timing. On the airport’s south side, we immediately drove up to a juvenile Gyrfalcon, a brown bird, perched on the snow not more than 50-60 feet from the road. Though the direction of light was almost just right, photography was not ideal. The falcon was on the other side of the airport’s chain-linked fence. Nevertheless, my camera knew what it had to do.
>
> Seemingly indifferent to us, the Gyr was leaning over, using its beak to clean its toes, followed by facial combing with its talons. Afterwards it gazed in all directions as though seeking something, perhaps out of hunger. Then lifting its wings, it took to the air, keeping just a few feet above the ground and was quickly lost in the airport’s distant expanse of snow shadow and glare--my fourth Gyr in southeast Michigan, my ninth in the State as of today, 16 November 2019.
> Alan
>
> Tom J. Cade (1928-2019, a world renowned conservationist and co-founder of the Peregrine Fund, had this to say: “In the old literature naturalists wrote about white, grey and black ‘color phases’ of the gyrfalcon and even different species of gyrs. In fact, the different plumage types grade imperceptibly into one another, with every kind of intermediate condition represented in different individuals. . . . The Ungava region of northern Quebec is especially interesting as the whitest and blackest varieties breed together in the same area along with every kind of grey intermediate. (p. 76, The Falcons of the World, 1980).”
>
> Eugene Potapov, assistant professor, Bryn Athyn College, is a raptor specialist and the notable author of The Gyrfalcon 2005, a definitive work: “Cade et al quite rightly state that . . . the Gyrfalcon has complete gradation rendering the term ‘morph’ inappropriate (p. 23).”
>
> “Gyrfalcons also have shades of brown and gray in their feathers, and worn plumage may be tan-brown; Gyrs may or may not have a barred tail and moustachial stripes (p. 47).”
>
> “. . . some authors classify the birds on the basis of their background color (Cade et al. 1998). Gray form can then be a bird with gray color in the background or bird with a white background but with a lot of dark gray or brown streaks, spots or bars. The degree of the coverage of these spots can then divide the white and gray morphs. As a consequence, it is often difficult to classify Gyrs with excessive numbers or spots and a true white background ( p. 47)
>
> “. . . Palmer (1988) considered that the division of the Gyrfalcons ‘into two or three color morphs . . . is misleading, and ‘any attempt to categorize Gyrs is subjective’, ‘because of variations from nearly (entirely?) white to almost or entirely black. Flann (2003) suggested that the Gyrfalcon has ‘continuous polymorphism’ and so does not have morphs (p.47).
>
> “Another process is the coloration of the background, which may perhaps be independent of, but is parallel with, the variation in coloration and size of dark spots. So, . . . we have two axes of variation in coloration. One is the color as such, including both the color of the background and the color of dark spots. The second axis is the size and pattern of the dark/light spots. Interestingly, there have been no attempts to analyze this two-dimensional variation using objective criteria. In the following section we make an attempts to measure Gyrfalcon colors using a new approach (p. 47).”
>
> To those who wish to pursue this new approach to the color patterns of the Gyrfalcon, I suggest read Potapov’s book.
> www.globalraptors.org/grin/ResearcherResults.asp?lresID=412
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Date: 12/1/19 12:27 pm
From: Phil Bugosh <peb729...>
Subject: [birders] Oakland County Christmas Bird Count, Saturday, December 14
Oakland County Christmas Bird Count, Saturday, December 14, 2019.

Leader: Jeff Stacey (<jdstacey...>)

The annual Oakland County Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place on
Saturday December 14. Contact Jeff Stacey for details or to participate. We
welcome people of all skill levels to work with area leaders covering
territories and also feeder watchers. It’s a fun day that ends with the
tally dinner at Wint Nature Center at Independence Oaks County Park. You do
not have to be a member of OAS to participate.

Please see our website for details about upcoming events, membership and
the Young Birder's Club. http://www.oaklandaudubon.org/
Thank you,
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Date: 12/1/19 12:02 pm
From: Phil Bugosh <peb729...>
Subject: [birders] OAS Young Birders' Field Trip Saturday, December 7
Saturday, December 7, 10am - 1pm. Leader: Kathleen Dougherty <kad8186...>
The December Young Birders’ Club field trip will be held at the MDNR
Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) in Detroit. It will start at 10 am and
conclude at 1 pm. The group will begin the day at OAC and conclude along
the Detroit River in search of waterfowl. Plan to meet at the parking lot
at the OAC which is just east of the building located at 1801 Atwater St.
Detroit, MI 48207. The OAC is a three story, 40,000 square foot facility
that has interactive exhibits and brings Michigan’s woods, waters and
wildlife experiences to the city. Parents will need to oversee their
children.

If the group reaches 20 people, we will qualify for a group rate of
$2/person. If we do not reach the minimum number, then regular admission
rates apply which are $3-$5/person depending on your age. There is no
parking fee. We need to enter the building all together and pay for the
group admission. Please bring cash for payment. If you plan to attend, let
Kathleen know by December 4th if possible. For more information about this
field trip, visit the OAS Young Birders’ Club webpage -
https://www.oaklandaudubon.org/young-birders

Contact the field trip leader if you have questions. You do not have to be
a member to participate. Everyone is welcome.
Thank you,
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Date: 12/1/19 7:46 am
From: Alan Ryff <alryff...>
Subject: Re: [birders] The Term Morph Is Inappropriate
Yes, I am aware of what you say. On line there is a lengthy published paper about the alleles of Gyrfalcon color. Poptapov also discusses the ultraviolet spectrum of Gyrfalcon colors as giving distant recognition of gender in flight, something handy for pair formation and reproduction. My intent for posting was the reports of a "gray morph" Gyr . Assuming there is only one (?) Gyr in the neighborhood, how do you transpose a brown bird into gray as an accurate field report? If there is more than one Gyr, time will tell. This is going on the assumption that individual raptors are being correctly identified to species.
Alan
On Sunday, December 1, 2019, 6:10:41 AM EST, 'C Rickards' via Birders <birders...> wrote:

In entomology the term "form" tends to be used to distinguish between different colored individuals of the same species.
It is purely descriptive and has very little scientific value but it serves as an aid to identification. The whole field of taxonomy is being blown apart by DNA analysis, where biogeography and anatomical features are tending to have less influence and the very use of the term "subspecies" will likely be abandoned in favor of "form" of "species".

So, If you want to correctly identify an unusual bird, best to wait for it to poop and get it in a baggy.
But this can hardly apply to a bird as stunning as a Gryfalcon.

chris Rickards
On Sunday, December 1, 2019, 12:59:32 AM GMT+1, Alan Ryff <alryff...> wrote:

The Term Morph Is Inappropriate

https://www.flickr.com/photos/snow-shadow/albums/72157712006118477

As if we didn’t know, we asked a solitary roadside birder, “Looking for something?”
“The Gyrfalcon.”
“Have you seen it?”
“No.”
“Why isn’t anybody else looking?”
“They’re all at Grace Lake, waiting and hoping.”

Well, Maggie and I spent a little time in the parking lot overlooking Grace Lake from the southwest side. There were gulls: Herrings, Ring-bills and Lesser Black-backs, as well as some Canadas, Mallards and Common Mergs, but no falcon, just distant birders standing with their scopes on the east side of the lake.

A falcon of the tundra, one that perches on the ground or on low human-made objects, needs extensive unobstructed views, a place with wide open spaces, low-cut grass. So we went to the airport.

It was about 3:20 PM. We couldn’t ask for better timing. On the airport’s south side, we immediately drove up to a juvenile Gyrfalcon, a brown bird, perched on the snow not more than 50-60 feet from the road. Though the direction of light was almost just right, photography was not ideal. The falcon was on the other side of the airport’s chain-linked fence. Nevertheless, my camera knew what it had to do.

Seemingly indifferent to us, the Gyr was leaning over, using its beak to clean its toes, followed by facial combing with its talons. Afterwards it gazed in all directions as though seeking something, perhaps out of hunger. Then lifting its wings, it took to the air, keeping just a few feet above the ground and was quickly lost in the airport’s distant expanse of snow shadow and glare--my fourth Gyr in southeast Michigan, my ninth in the State as of today, 16 November 2019.
Alan

Tom J. Cade (1928-2019, a world renowned conservationist and co-founder of the Peregrine Fund, had this to say: “In the old literature naturalists wrote about white, grey and black ‘color phases’ of the gyrfalcon and even different species of gyrs. In fact, the different plumage types grade imperceptibly into one another, with every kind of intermediate condition represented in different individuals. . . . The Ungava region of northern Quebec is especially interesting as the whitest and blackest varieties breed together in the same area along with every kind of grey intermediate. (p. 76, The Falcons of the World, 1980).”

Eugene Potapov, assistant professor, Bryn Athyn College, is a raptor specialist and the notable author of The Gyrfalcon 2005, a definitive work: “Cade et al quite rightly state that . . . the Gyrfalcon has complete gradation rendering the term ‘morph’ inappropriate (p. 23).”

“Gyrfalcons also have shades of brown and gray in their feathers, and worn plumage may be tan-brown; Gyrs may or may not have a barred tail and moustachial stripes (p. 47).”

“. . . some authors classify the birds on the basis of their background color (Cade et al. 1998). Gray form can then be a bird with gray color in the background or bird with a white background but with a lot of dark gray or brown streaks, spots or bars. The degree of the coverage of these spots can then divide the white and gray morphs. As a consequence, it is often difficult to classify Gyrs with excessive numbers or spots and a true white background ( p. 47)

“. . . Palmer (1988) considered that the division of the Gyrfalcons ‘into two or three color morphs . . . is misleading, and ‘any attempt to categorize Gyrs is subjective’, ‘because of variations from nearly (entirely?) white to almost or entirely black. Flann (2003) suggested that the Gyrfalcon has ‘continuous polymorphism’ and so does not have morphs (p.47).

“Another process is the coloration of the background, which may perhaps be independent of, but is parallel with, the variation in coloration and size of dark spots. So, . . . we have two axes of variation in coloration. One is the color as such, including both the color of the background and the color of dark spots. The second axis is the size and pattern of the dark/light spots. Interestingly, there have been no attempts to analyze this two-dimensional variation using objective criteria. In the following section we make an attempts to measure Gyrfalcon colors using a new approach (p. 47).”

To those who wish to pursue this new approach to the color patterns of the Gyrfalcon, I suggest read Potapov’s book.
www.globalraptors.org/grin/ResearcherResults.asp?lresID=412

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Date: 12/1/19 3:10 am
From: 'C Rickards' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] The Term Morph Is Inappropriate
In entomology the term "form" tends to be used to distinguish between different colored individuals of the same species.
It is purely descriptive and has very little scientific value but it serves as an aid to identification. The whole field of taxonomy is being blown apart by DNA analysis, where biogeography and anatomical features are tending to have less influence and the very use of the term "subspecies" will likely be abandoned in favor of "form" of "species".

So, If you want to correctly identify an unusual bird, best to wait for it to poop and get it in a baggy.
But this can hardly apply to a bird as stunning as a Gryfalcon.

chris Rickards
On Sunday, December 1, 2019, 12:59:32 AM GMT+1, Alan Ryff <alryff...> wrote:

The Term Morph Is Inappropriate

https://www.flickr.com/photos/snow-shadow/albums/72157712006118477

As if we didn’t know, we asked a solitary roadside birder, “Looking for something?”
“The Gyrfalcon.”
“Have you seen it?”
“No.”
“Why isn’t anybody else looking?”
“They’re all at Grace Lake, waiting and hoping.”

Well, Maggie and I spent a little time in the parking lot overlooking Grace Lake from the southwest side. There were gulls: Herrings, Ring-bills and Lesser Black-backs, as well as some Canadas, Mallards and Common Mergs, but no falcon, just distant birders standing with their scopes on the east side of the lake.

A falcon of the tundra, one that perches on the ground or on low human-made objects, needs extensive unobstructed views, a place with wide open spaces, low-cut grass. So we went to the airport.

It was about 3:20 PM. We couldn’t ask for better timing. On the airport’s south side, we immediately drove up to a juvenile Gyrfalcon, a brown bird, perched on the snow not more than 50-60 feet from the road. Though the direction of light was almost just right, photography was not ideal. The falcon was on the other side of the airport’s chain-linked fence. Nevertheless, my camera knew what it had to do.

Seemingly indifferent to us, the Gyr was leaning over, using its beak to clean its toes, followed by facial combing with its talons. Afterwards it gazed in all directions as though seeking something, perhaps out of hunger. Then lifting its wings, it took to the air, keeping just a few feet above the ground and was quickly lost in the airport’s distant expanse of snow shadow and glare--my fourth Gyr in southeast Michigan, my ninth in the State as of today, 16 November 2019.
Alan

Tom J. Cade (1928-2019, a world renowned conservationist and co-founder of the Peregrine Fund, had this to say: “In the old literature naturalists wrote about white, grey and black ‘color phases’ of the gyrfalcon and even different species of gyrs. In fact, the different plumage types grade imperceptibly into one another, with every kind of intermediate condition represented in different individuals. . . . The Ungava region of northern Quebec is especially interesting as the whitest and blackest varieties breed together in the same area along with every kind of grey intermediate. (p. 76, The Falcons of the World, 1980).”

Eugene Potapov, assistant professor, Bryn Athyn College, is a raptor specialist and the notable author of The Gyrfalcon 2005, a definitive work: “Cade et al quite rightly state that . . . the Gyrfalcon has complete gradation rendering the term ‘morph’ inappropriate (p. 23).”

“Gyrfalcons also have shades of brown and gray in their feathers, and worn plumage may be tan-brown; Gyrs may or may not have a barred tail and moustachial stripes (p. 47).”

“. . . some authors classify the birds on the basis of their background color (Cade et al. 1998). Gray form can then be a bird with gray color in the background or bird with a white background but with a lot of dark gray or brown streaks, spots or bars. The degree of the coverage of these spots can then divide the white and gray morphs. As a consequence, it is often difficult to classify Gyrs with excessive numbers or spots and a true white background ( p. 47)

“. . . Palmer (1988) considered that the division of the Gyrfalcons ‘into two or three color morphs . . . is misleading, and ‘any attempt to categorize Gyrs is subjective’, ‘because of variations from nearly (entirely?) white to almost or entirely black. Flann (2003) suggested that the Gyrfalcon has ‘continuous polymorphism’ and so does not have morphs (p.47).

“Another process is the coloration of the background, which may perhaps be independent of, but is parallel with, the variation in coloration and size of dark spots. So, . . . we have two axes of variation in coloration. One is the color as such, including both the color of the background and the color of dark spots. The second axis is the size and pattern of the dark/light spots. Interestingly, there have been no attempts to analyze this two-dimensional variation using objective criteria. In the following section we make an attempts to measure Gyrfalcon colors using a new approach (p. 47).”

To those who wish to pursue this new approach to the color patterns of the Gyrfalcon, I suggest read Potapov’s book.
www.globalraptors.org/grin/ResearcherResults.asp?lresID=412

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Date: 11/30/19 5:35 pm
From: JOHN PARKER <parkerj15...>
Subject: Re: [birders] The Term Morph Is Inappropriate
So, Alan,
Are you saying that those who thought they saw the gyrfalcon at Grace Lake, didn't really see it? Because the habitat ain't right?
John Parker

> On November 30, 2019 at 6:59 PM Alan Ryff <alryff...> wrote:
>
>
> The Term Morph Is Inappropriate
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/snow-shadow/albums/72157712006118477
>
> As if we didn’t know, we asked a solitary roadside birder, “Looking for something?”
> “The Gyrfalcon.”
> “Have you seen it?”
> “No.”
> “Why isn’t anybody else looking?”
> “They’re all at Grace Lake, waiting and hoping.”
>
> Well, Maggie and I spent a little time in the parking lot overlooking Grace Lake from the southwest side. There were gulls: Herrings, Ring-bills and Lesser Black-backs, as well as some Canadas, Mallards and Common Mergs, but no falcon, just distant birders standing with their scopes on the east side of the lake.
>
> A falcon of the tundra, one that perches on the ground or on low human-made objects, needs extensive unobstructed views, a place with wide open spaces, low-cut grass. So we went to the airport.
>
> It was about 3:20 PM. We couldn’t ask for better timing. On the airport’s south side, we immediately drove up to a juvenile Gyrfalcon, a brown bird, perched on the snow not more than 50-60 feet from the road. Though the direction of light was almost just right, photography was not ideal. The falcon was on the other side of the airport’s chain-linked fence. Nevertheless, my camera knew what it had to do.
>
> Seemingly indifferent to us, the Gyr was leaning over, using its beak to clean its toes, followed by facial combing with its talons. Afterwards it gazed in all directions as though seeking something, perhaps out of hunger. Then lifting its wings, it took to the air, keeping just a few feet above the ground and was quickly lost in the airport’s distant expanse of snow shadow and glare--my fourth Gyr in southeast Michigan, my ninth in the State as of today, 16 November 2019.
> Alan
>
> Tom J. Cade (1928-2019, a world renowned conservationist and co-founder of the Peregrine Fund, had this to say: “In the old literature naturalists wrote about white, grey and black ‘color phases’ of the gyrfalcon and even different species of gyrs. In fact, the different plumage types grade imperceptibly into one another, with every kind of intermediate condition represented in different individuals. . . . The Ungava region of northern Quebec is especially interesting as the whitest and blackest varieties breed together in the same area along with every kind of grey intermediate. (p. 76, The Falcons of the World, 1980).”
>
> Eugene Potapov, assistant professor, Bryn Athyn College, is a raptor specialist and the notable author of The Gyrfalcon 2005, a definitive work: “Cade et al quite rightly state that . . . the Gyrfalcon has complete gradation rendering the term ‘morph’ inappropriate (p. 23).”
>
> “Gyrfalcons also have shades of brown and gray in their feathers, and worn plumage may be tan-brown; Gyrs may or may not have a barred tail and moustachial stripes (p. 47).”
>
> “. . . some authors classify the birds on the basis of their background color (Cade et al. 1998). Gray form can then be a bird with gray color in the background or bird with a white background but with a lot of dark gray or brown streaks, spots or bars. The degree of the coverage of these spots can then divide the white and gray morphs. As a consequence, it is often difficult to classify Gyrs with excessive numbers or spots and a true white background ( p. 47)
>
> “. . . Palmer (1988) considered that the division of the Gyrfalcons ‘into two or three color morphs . . . is misleading, and ‘any attempt to categorize Gyrs is subjective’, ‘because of variations from nearly (entirely?) white to almost or entirely black. Flann (2003) suggested that the Gyrfalcon has ‘continuous polymorphism’ and so does not have morphs (p.47).
>
> “Another process is the coloration of the background, which may perhaps be independent of, but is parallel with, the variation in coloration and size of dark spots. So, . . . we have two axes of variation in coloration. One is the color as such, including both the color of the background and the color of dark spots. The second axis is the size and pattern of the dark/light spots. Interestingly, there have been no attempts to analyze this two-dimensional variation using objective criteria. In the following section we make an attempts to measure Gyrfalcon colors using a new approach (p. 47).”
>
> To those who wish to pursue this new approach to the color patterns of the Gyrfalcon, I suggest read Potapov’s book.
> www.globalraptors.org/grin/ResearcherResults.asp?lresID=412
>
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Date: 11/30/19 3:59 pm
From: Alan Ryff <alryff...>
Subject: [birders] The Term Morph Is Inappropriate
The Term Morph Is Inappropriate

https://www.flickr.com/photos/snow-shadow/albums/72157712006118477

As if we didn’t know, we asked a solitary roadside birder, “Looking for something?”
“The Gyrfalcon.”
“Have you seen it?”
“No.”
“Why isn’t anybody else looking?”
“They’re all at Grace Lake, waiting and hoping.”

Well, Maggie and I spent a little time in the parking lot overlooking Grace Lake from the southwest side. There were gulls: Herrings, Ring-bills and Lesser Black-backs, as well as some Canadas, Mallards and Common Mergs, but no falcon, just distant birders standing with their scopes on the east side of the lake.

A falcon of the tundra, one that perches on the ground or on low human-made objects, needs extensive unobstructed views, a place with wide open spaces, low-cut grass. So we went to the airport.

It was about 3:20 PM. We couldn’t ask for better timing. On the airport’s south side, we immediately drove up to a juvenile Gyrfalcon, a brown bird, perched on the snow not more than 50-60 feet from the road. Though the direction of light was almost just right, photography was not ideal. The falcon was on the other side of the airport’s chain-linked fence. Nevertheless, my camera knew what it had to do.

Seemingly indifferent to us, the Gyr was leaning over, using its beak to clean its toes, followed by facial combing with its talons. Afterwards it gazed in all directions as though seeking something, perhaps out of hunger. Then lifting its wings, it took to the air, keeping just a few feet above the ground and was quickly lost in the airport’s distant expanse of snow shadow and glare--my fourth Gyr in southeast Michigan, my ninth in the State as of today, 16 November 2019.
Alan

Tom J. Cade (1928-2019, a world renowned conservationist and co-founder of the Peregrine Fund, had this to say: “In the old literature naturalists wrote about white, grey and black ‘color phases’ of the gyrfalcon and even different species of gyrs. In fact, the different plumage types grade imperceptibly into one another, with every kind of intermediate condition represented in different individuals. . . . The Ungava region of northern Quebec is especially interesting as the whitest and blackest varieties breed together in the same area along with every kind of grey intermediate. (p. 76, The Falcons of the World, 1980).”

Eugene Potapov, assistant professor, Bryn Athyn College, is a raptor specialist and the notable author of The Gyrfalcon 2005, a definitive work: “Cade et al quite rightly state that . . . the Gyrfalcon has complete gradation rendering the term ‘morph’ inappropriate (p. 23).”

“Gyrfalcons also have shades of brown and gray in their feathers, and worn plumage may be tan-brown; Gyrs may or may not have a barred tail and moustachial stripes (p. 47).”

“. . . some authors classify the birds on the basis of their background color (Cade et al. 1998). Gray form can then be a bird with gray color in the background or bird with a white background but with a lot of dark gray or brown streaks, spots or bars. The degree of the coverage of these spots can then divide the white and gray morphs. As a consequence, it is often difficult to classify Gyrs with excessive numbers or spots and a true white background ( p. 47)

“. . . Palmer (1988) considered that the division of the Gyrfalcons ‘into two or three color morphs . . . is misleading, and ‘any attempt to categorize Gyrs is subjective’, ‘because of variations from nearly (entirely?) white to almost or entirely black. Flann (2003) suggested that the Gyrfalcon has ‘continuous polymorphism’ and so does not have morphs (p.47).

“Another process is the coloration of the background, which may perhaps be independent of, but is parallel with, the variation in coloration and size of dark spots. So, . . . we have two axes of variation in coloration. One is the color as such, including both the color of the background and the color of dark spots. The second axis is the size and pattern of the dark/light spots. Interestingly, there have been no attempts to analyze this two-dimensional variation using objective criteria. In the following section we make an attempts to measure Gyrfalcon colors using a new approach (p. 47).”

To those who wish to pursue this new approach to the color patterns of the Gyrfalcon, I suggest read Potapov’s book.
www.globalraptors.org/grin/ResearcherResults.asp?lresID=412

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Date: 11/30/19 3:26 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (30 Nov 2019) 118 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 30, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 41 5195 54431
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 39 232
Northern Harrier 0 332 789
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 418 5386
Cooper's Hawk 6 89 326
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 616 831
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 61 4510 5328
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 0 25 28
American Kestrel 2 25 1735
Merlin 0 13 120
Peregrine Falcon 0 10 61
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 8
Unknown Buteo 0 13 25
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 118 11318 95150
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Donny Moore, Kory Renaud

Visitors:
Big thank you to Donny Moore for his help and company spotting today! Thank
you to John Barnes for visiting in the morning and again in the afternoon
(thanks for the coffee!). Thank you to Kory Renaud, and Mark Nenadov and
Ashley for their afternoon visit.
Lastly, thank you to Bob Hall-Brooks for bringing a big and gorgeous adult
Cooper's Hawk to be released from the tower!


Weather:
Great winds today coming, not too strong, out the North-East, then swinging
towards the East by the end of the afternoon. Temperatures lingered around
3 degrees Celsius with a thick cloud cover.

Raptor Observations:
What a great last day! Daily total was 118 raptors with the number one
migrant is once again the Red-tailed Hawk (61). Coming in close second were
41 Turkey Vultures, followed by 7 Sharp-shinned Hawks and 6 Cooper's Hawks.
One adult Red-shouldered Hawk flew right above the tower to show-off it's
beautiful tail and lastly, two American Kestrels zoomed by. What made one
of the kestrels so special is that it was the last bird of the season! I
wish all the raptors good luck on the rest of their migration!

Non-raptor Observations:
I had the chance to bring out the clicker for one last spin as 452 American
Crows flew above the tower today.
Mute Swans, Mallards and Canada Geese are still the main residents of the
marsh, but swimming amongst them are Buffleheads, Black Ducks, Mergansers,
Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, and American Coots.
A few Great Blue Herons and two Double-crested Cormorants are lingering,
while the Ring-billed Gulls are still very abundant.
Passerines are still spotted from the tower including; Chickadees,
Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Nuthatches, Brown
Creepers, a Golden-crowned Kinglet, a Carolina Wren, and Song and Swamp
Sparrows. Flying over you could spot blackbirds, Bluebirds, Horned Larks,
Robins, and Goldfinches.

Check out the full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61879531


Predictions:
Well that's all folks, the 2019 Hawk Watch is over!

I would like to extend my thanks to every single person that took the time,
and made the effort to climb the stairs, to come to the hawk tower this
season!
A round of applause to the hawks and to the incredible phenomenon that is
migration and finally, long live the hawk watch!!
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Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/30/19 5:58 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (29 Nov 2019) 29 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 29, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 6 4210 52418
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 23 101
Northern Harrier 0 81 346
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 288 4145
Cooper's Hawk 1 38 121
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 567 762
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 16 4050 4908
Rough-legged Hawk 0 12 13
Golden Eagle 2 56 60
American Kestrel 0 5 703
Merlin 0 2 33
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 53
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 29 9340 128037
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Frank Kitakis,
Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
This is where it gets interesting. We had a visitor from Gibraltar today
who told us a tale of an owl in distress. He lived across from the watch
site and we could see his house. We were told that the owl was beyond help
but in looking at the tree, it was later determined by Don Sherwood that
the bird was still alive and literally flapping from time to time. Don and
Johannes P., a welcome regular visitor from A2, took up the challenge and
went to rescue the bird. This involved climbing on a roof and ascertaining
that the bird was hanging from a tree branch entangled in fishing line. The
intrepid heroes managed to free the bird with use of a boat-hook and good
fortune. The bird was returned to the MetroPark for rehab purposes as it
was left in a weakened state. Its prognosis is unknown as I write this. Big
shout-out to Don and Johannes for their heroic actions!


Weather:
Hope springs eternal, yet not all hope is rewarded. Such was our day as the
NE winds blew mildly but did not bring much movement. The day was a dull
affair from the start and grew progressively darker until it seemed a much
later hour than it really was. Barometer was slowly falling in the later
hours, down about a tenth on the day. Tomorrow has cold rain and other more
solid stuff possible. Today seemed like a prelude.

Raptor Observations:
Many are called... but few have chosen to fly by. 16 red-tails led the
count today, occasionally in pairs but most were solo. 6 turkey vultures
were seen floating around trying to decide which way to go. 4 sharp-shinned
hawks and 1 Cooper's hawk represented the accipiters. Our prize birds
today, which brought us up to 60, were two golden eagles. These birds could
not have flown by us more differently. One powered through, pumping at a
fast clip, on a straight line. The other, a beautifully marked young bird,
stopped and rode the wind elevator high into the sky, taking its sweet
time, crossing over at a leisurely pace.

Non-raptor Observations:
Thousands of waterfowl were seen heading to more southern latitudes today,
really impressive strings in the sky. Sandhill cranes were also flying, a
little over 60 birds in three flights were spotted. Many a gull was flying
over the water in front of Celeron Island. We think there may be a fish run
taking place over there along the shore.

Predictions:
The last day of the watch... The last day of the watch should look better
than it does. NE winds will bend to the E gradually rising as the day
progresses. The barometer will slowly fall as the rain moves in. Perhaps
the east wind will bring us something other than high water levels on the
lake. But as they rise in strength any birds on the move are liable to be
pushed away from our sight.
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Report submitted by Jerry Jourdan (<jerry.jourdan...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/29/19 4:09 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (29 Nov 2019) 13 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 29, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 2 5154 54390
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 39 232
Northern Harrier 0 332 789
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 411 5379
Cooper's Hawk 1 83 320
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 615 830
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 9 4449 5267
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 0 25 28
American Kestrel 0 23 1733
Merlin 0 13 120
Peregrine Falcon 0 10 61
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 8
Unknown Buteo 0 13 25
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 13 11200 95032
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Bob Hall-Brooks, Bob Pettit, Chip Ogglesby, Dave Martin,
Dorothy McLeer, Jim McCoy, Larry Ludwicki, Len Jones,
Linda Wladarski

Visitors:
More visitors than birds today! Thank you all very much for your lovely
company and conversation today.
Thank you to Ed and Lynn Daniels, Larry Ludwicki, Bob Pettit, Jim McCoy,
Lene Jones, Chip Ogglesby, Ron Delacourt, Dave Martin, Linda Wladarski,
Dorothy McLeer, Bob Hall-Brooks, and Michelle Mastellotto.
Lastly thanks to Tim Jarrold for bring up a feisty Red-tailed Hawk to the
tower to be released. Thank you to the lake station for continuously
bringing me beautiful banded raptors to admire!


Weather:
Today's weather seemed very promising for migration, with a second day of
Northern winds, and a full cloud cover. The thick clouds did not allow for
even a slight ray of sunshine all day which encouraged the damp cold to
creep into our bones.

Raptor Observations:
Personally, I try my very best to say positive things about a day on the
tower; but today was disappointing. We really expected a good day,
especially with those Northern winds, but only 13 raptors came by. I mean
it is better than 1, but we couldn't help but feel cheated. 9 red-tailed
Hawks graced us with their presence, along with a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a
Cooper's Hawk and a Turkey Vultures. Fortunately, most hawks flew close to
the tower which gave a great look!

Non-raptor Observations:
Today's highlights came from Tundra Swans, a few Sandhill Cranes, and an
American Pelican (Great spot, Linda!).
Waterfowl numbers are starting to dwindle slightly with majority still
being Mallards with some Buffleheads, Scaup, Ruddy Ducks and Mergansers.
In the passerine department, we spotted an Eastern Phoebe, American
Goldfinches, Snow Buntings, a Carolina Wren, and many Chickadees.
Check out our full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61852241

Predictions:
The last day of the count for the 2019 season does not look very pleasant,
with temperatures staying around 3 degrees Celsius for most of the day with
a full cloud cover and steady winds from the East. The morning does bring
some North-Eastern winds, which could be beneficial to spot some migrants.
Who knows, maybe we'll see more birds than we did today, fingers crossed!

========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/29/19 3:56 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (29 Nov 2019) 13 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 29, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 2 5154 54390
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 39 232
Northern Harrier 0 332 789
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 411 5379
Cooper's Hawk 1 83 320
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 615 830
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 9 4449 5267
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 0 25 28
American Kestrel 0 23 1733
Merlin 0 13 120
Peregrine Falcon 0 10 61
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 8
Unknown Buteo 0 13 25
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 13 11200 95032
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Bob Hall-Brooks, Bob Pettit, Chip Ogglesby, Dave Martin,
Dorothy McLeer, Jim McCoy, Larry Ludwicki, Len Jones,
Linda Wladarski

Visitors:
More visitors than birds today! Thank you all very much for your lovely
company and conversation today.
Thank you to Ed and Lynn Daniels, Larry Ludwicki, Bob Pettit, Jim McCoy,
Lene Jones, Chip Ogglesby, Ron Delacourt, Dave Martin, Linda Wladarski,
Dorothy McLeer, Bob Hall-Brooks, and Michelle Mastellotto.
Lastly thanks to Tim Jarrold for bring up a feisty Red-tailed Hawk to the
tower to be released. Thank you to the lake station for continuously
bringing me beautiful banded raptors to admire!


Weather:
Today's weather seemed very promising for migration, with a second day of
Northern winds, and a full cloud cover. The thick clouds did not allow for
even a slight ray of sunshine all day which encouraged the damp cold to
creep into our bones.

Raptor Observations:
Personally, I try my very best to say positive things about a day on the
tower; but today was disappointing. We really expected a good day,
especially with those Northern winds, but only 13 raptors came by. I mean
it is better than 1, but we couldn't help but feel cheated. 9 red-tailed
Hawks graced us with their presence, along with a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a
Cooper's Hawk and a Turkey Vultures. Fortunately, most hawks flew close to
the tower which gave a great look!

Non-raptor Observations:
Today's highlights came from Tundra Swans, a few Sandhill Cranes, and an
American Pelican (Great spot, Linda!).
Waterfowl numbers are starting to dwindle slightly with majority still
being Mallards with some Buffleheads, Scaup, Ruddy Ducks and Mergansers.
In the passerine department, we spotted an Eastern Phoebe, American
Goldfinches, Snow Buntings, a Carolina Wren, and many Chickadees.
Check out our full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61852241

Predictions:
The last day of the count for the 2019 season does not look very pleasant,
with temperatures staying around 3 degrees Celsius for most of the day with
a full cloud cover and steady winds from the East. The morning does bring
some North-Eastern winds, which could be beneficial to spot some migrants.
Who knows, maybe we'll see more birds than we did today, fingers crossed!

========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/28/19 3:58 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (28 Nov 2019) 128 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 28, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 13 5152 54388
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 39 232
Northern Harrier 3 332 789
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 410 5378
Cooper's Hawk 0 82 319
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 9 615 830
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 101 4440 5258
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 2 25 28
American Kestrel 0 23 1733
Merlin 0 13 120
Peregrine Falcon 0 10 61
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 8
Unknown Buteo 0 13 25
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 128 11187 95019
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Dave Martin, Linda Wladarski, Paul Pratt, Rick Brown

Visitors:
Thank you to Noel and Juliette for their visit this morning, glad you were
able to spot raptors!
Additional thank you to Tom, who came all the way from Ohio to see a Golden
Eagle...boy am I glad you managed to see the first one!
Also big thanks to Dave Martin, Linda Wladarski, Rick Brown, and Paul Pratt
for their lovely and lively visit in the afternoon!


Weather:
Strong North-West winds started the day, but they eventually died down to a
more comfortable speed. A pretty thick cloud cover for most of the day, but
it did open up from 1100-1300, giving us good amount of blue sky to spot
the many migrants.

Raptor Observations:
North-West winds did not disappoint today, bringing us 128 raptors! The
most numerous were Red-tailed Hawks, coming in at 101 individuals. A few
Red-shouldered Hawks and Turkey Vultures mixed in with the Red-tails, as
well as 3 Northern Harriers, one of which was a male. Lastly, we counted 2
Golden Eagles, one adult at 11:30 and a sub-adult, flying just over the
tower at 2:30, quite a special last bird of the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Today's non-raptor highlight came from a few flocks of Sandhill cranes!
Overall, we counted 44 flyers, coming in a few batches. Other migrants were
American Goldfinches, American Crows, a few House Finches, Eastern
Bluebirds and Snow Buntings.
Some Tundra Swans made their way across the marsh, along with many
mergansers and ducks. Ducks are always present, mostly Mallards and
Buffleheads. Also spotted were two Cormorants, I guess they have not left
yet!

Check out our full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61826804

Predictions:
Tomorrow we are also expecting a promising day, with a full cloud cover and
gentle winds from the North and North-East all day long. This will mostly
likely be our last good day of counting, as Saturday does not seem as nice.
I am really hoping that raptors will give us a good final push before we
close up shop for the season. Fingers crossed!
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Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/28/19 2:57 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (28 Nov 2019) 48 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 28, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 5 4204 52412
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 2 23 101
Northern Harrier 0 81 346
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 284 4141
Cooper's Hawk 2 37 120
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 5 567 762
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 31 4034 4892
Rough-legged Hawk 0 12 13
Golden Eagle 0 54 58
American Kestrel 0 5 703
Merlin 0 2 33
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 53
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 48 9311 128008
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:

Observers:

Visitors:
We had a very pleasant couple come to spend a couple of hours with us.
There were a few raptors to show them but they also found some for us:)

On this day of thanks we are grateful for all the people that visit us and
support us with their contributions on HawkCount.org. You meet the nicest
people watching birds.


Weather:
The marking pointer from the previous day's barometer reading was nearly 90
degrees from today's reading on the face of the dial. From 29.39" to 30.4".
Quite a move. The winds were from the NW and stayed there but eased in
strength throughout the day. Mostly cloudy to start but we saw a fair
amount of blue for a time before the cloud cover became solid again and the
flight seemed to stop.

Raptor Observations:
We had a fair number of birds from 1100 to 1400. The flight did not really
get started until we saw streaks of blue in the sky and seemed to ease when
they disappeared. 31 red-tails led the way. 5 red-shoulders joined them. 3
sharp-shins and 2 Cooper's also winged by. 2 bald eagles flew high
overhead. 5 turkey vultures flew by on turkey day. With the NW winds we
were hoping for more traffic but that may happen tomorrow. With the odd
weather lately we are not sure if the pipeline is stocked close to us.

Non-raptor Observations:
Today was gull day, all size, shapes, and colors seemed to be doing their
best to interfere with the view. Tree swallows are still here as a handful
were spotted. Plenty of waterfowl were spotted, both in the air migrating
and out on the lake exercising their wings.

Predictions:
Mild winds from the N or NE will bring hope to the counters at least.
Barometer will still be in the high range so the technical indicators
appear to be good. Perhaps the second day after the change will be more
fruitful than the first as we get further away from the disturbance. We had
no goldens today and we want some more!


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Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/28/19 5:12 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (27 Nov 2019) Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 27, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 4199 52407
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 21 99
Northern Harrier 0 81 346
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 281 4138
Cooper's Hawk 0 35 118
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 562 757
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4003 4861
Rough-legged Hawk 0 12 13
Golden Eagle 0 54 58
American Kestrel 0 5 703
Merlin 0 2 33
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 53
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 9263 127960
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
We had one visitor today, a wall of wind visited and we will not soon
forget it.


Weather:
If you think of a low pressure area as a miniature –hurricane, then we
had an experience near the eye today. The day started pleasantly enough
with scattered haystack clouds allowing sun to filter through showing their
highlights to best effect. The winds were very fresh out of the SW, in
double digits mph-wise, but not unusually strong. The cloud formations were
speeding by and giving us some very enjoyable well lit views. Off to the W
the clouds darkened and threatened rain. A small amount started to fall and
deciding that discretion was indeed the better part, we started to retreat
to the safety of our trusty steeds. Before we could reach them a very loud
roar started in the woods. For once in my life I heard the sound of an
approaching train in the wind. A wall of wind hit us, doubling the wind
speed in an instant and carrying all the leaves that had anything less than
a very tenacious grip on their branch. It was an OMGosh moment. The
barometer had been very low at 29.39” and after the all of wind hit it
started to climb slightly. We were near the center of the low just to the N
of us. The winds shifted more to the W a little when it hit. So did one of
the flagpoles down the way, flying Old Glory at a jaunty angle from a newly
bent pole. The rain did not last long, off to the W, a beautiful rainbow
appeared for a few moments but the winds were moving things along very
quickly. We did our due diligence and waited till the afternoon hours but
this was the anti-wind for raptors to move on and so we called it early.

Raptor Observations:
We did get a chance to watch a few local raptors, (bald eagles and a
redtail) fly today. It was a wild ride for all of them. The gulls were
slip-sliding away in the wind as well. Some waterfowl were seen flying
today.

Non-raptor Observations:
As a result of the lake being very rough today, we could see a lot of ducks
had taken shelter in the shipping channel. As we watched the M/V Manitowoc
pass downbound we could see thousands of ducks highlighted by the gray
hull. The channels in the river were showing brown stains today from the
overnight rains. It was easy to use the gulls as wind vanes today as they
flew aligned into the wind.

Predictions:
Ah, the backside of a low. This can be fertile ground for migrating
raptors. The technical indicators look good for the next two days. I think
that there are still birds out there despite the recent drought. Perhaps
the flight is over for the season but tomorrow should tell the tale.
Hopefully, we are far enough away from the violent energy transfer between
the passing low and the new high and have a smoother wind from the N for a
couple of days.
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Report submitted by Jerry Jourdan (<jerry.jourdan...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


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https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/27/19 2:14 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (27 Nov 2019) 1 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 27, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 1 5139 54375
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 39 232
Northern Harrier 0 329 786
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 410 5378
Cooper's Hawk 0 82 319
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 606 821
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4339 5157
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 0 23 26
American Kestrel 0 23 1733
Merlin 0 13 120
Peregrine Falcon 0 10 61
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 8
Unknown Buteo 0 13 25
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 1 11059 94891
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Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers:

Visitors:
Two very brave visitors to the tower today and we had a lovely chat despite
yelling over the wind.


Weather:
Definitely had to strap myself to the tower today to prevent from blowing
off! South-Western winds blew at approximately 55-60 km/h with gusts of 70
km/h. Clouds came in later in the afternoon, bringing along freezing rain.

Raptor Observations:
Only 1 Turkey Vulture made its way across the line to be considered a
migrant. Another three were spotted bobbing above the tree line a few times
but stayed down and did not move along, a wise choice.

Non-raptor Observations:
The winds were too strong for many non-raptors to fly successfully, apart
from a few Mallards and Gulls. The most interesting sight was that of a
pigeon landing on the railing of the tower for a few seconds before being
blown off again.

Check out the full (rather short) eBird list here:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S61802304

Predictions:
The next two days look promising, with Northern winds on the way! Tomorrow,
they are expected to blow steadily from the North-West with a mix of sun
and cloud for the entirety of the day. Really hoping for good few birds to
end the season with a bang!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/26/19 5:40 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (26 Nov 2019) 16 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 26, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 1 4199 52407
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 21 99
Northern Harrier 0 81 346
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 281 4138
Cooper's Hawk 0 35 118
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 562 757
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 8 4003 4861
Rough-legged Hawk 1 12 13
Golden Eagle 0 54 58
American Kestrel 0 5 703
Merlin 0 2 33
Peregrine Falcon 1 7 53
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 16 9263 127960
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
Johannes was one of two visitors today. Our friend from Kensington
Metropark promised to return next season.


Weather:
The scarcity of birds today gave us a chance to contemplate the ever
changing mix of clouds. From sponge- painting like daubs to icy strokes and
wisps of high cirrus with many other shapes and textures thrown in it was
obvious that change was underway. The cloud deck became more solid in the
mid-afternoon hours as the approaching rain storm made its presence known.
The barometer had risen to nearly normal and the winds were light from the
SE but the birds were not amused and stayed home for the most part.

Raptor Observations:
Highlight of the day was a light-morph rough-legged hawk that flew by on
the sunny side where we could see the markings clearly. 1 turkey vulture
was seen briefly. 5 sharp-shin hawks fluttered across. 8 widely spaced
red-tails were also observed. Last bird of the day was 1 peregrine falcon.

Non-raptor Observations:
A rogue common loon was observed by the boat launch area today. Usually
these birds are well out on the lake. It headed back that way when a person
walking a dog got too close. Not much else close to us today although lots
of waterfowl could be seen flying in long V's across the sky.

Predictions:
The overnight rain will be significant and last till the morning hours,
whether it clears in time for the normal start time of the watch is yet to
be determined. The barometer will be very low during this time but start to
rebound during the day. Winds will be very high from the SW but once the
pressure rises the winds will turn favorable. I suspect that tomorrow will
not be a good day for us but Thursday should be better.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


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https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/26/19 2:35 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (26 Nov 2019) 33 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 26, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 11 5138 54374
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 39 232
Northern Harrier 1 329 786
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 410 5378
Cooper's Hawk 2 82 319
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 5 606 821
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 11 4339 5157
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 0 23 26
American Kestrel 0 23 1733
Merlin 1 13 120
Peregrine Falcon 0 10 61
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 8
Unknown Buteo 0 13 25
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 33 11058 94890
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Bob Hall-Brooks, Dan Loncke, Dave Martin, Kory Renaud,
Linda Wladarski

Visitors:
Many visitors today! Thank you Dan Loncke who was on the tower in the
morning and thankfully saw the first few birds of the day.
I was joined later by Dave Martin, Linda Wladarski, Kory Renaud, and Bob
Hall-Brooks for the rush of raptors, which we were all glad to see.
Finally, I was also joined by John Barnes in the morning and Mike Belanger
in the afternoon. Thanks to everyone!


Weather:
A beautiful day on the tower, with a warm sun and very slight winds from
the South-West. The day was so nice that for a brief hour we shed our coats
and sweaters! The wind shifted towards the East as the clouds came in later
in the afternoon, and without the sun, the air cooled dramatically.

Raptor Observations:
To everyone's surprise, we counted 33 raptors today! Most migrants all came
at the same time, from 11-1pm, with a really busy hour from 12-1. We
counted the usual Red-tails, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks but a few
Red-shouldered Hawks (5) made an appearance with a few remaining Turkey
Vultures (11). Only one immature Northern Harrier, but the most interesting
bird was a female Merlin flying right above the tower!

Non-raptor Observations:
Still quite slow on the non-raptor front, but we had a good few American
Goldfinches and American Crows migrating over. The most interesting
sighting was that of a butterfly, either an Eastern Comma or a Question
Mark butterfly, spotted around the tower. I did say it got warm today!

Check out our full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61777698

Predictions:
Tomorrow looks to be a write-off, for a few reasons. We are expecting a lot
of rain overnight and continuing until late in the morning and picking back
up in the afternoon. Additionally, we are expecting very strong winds from
the South-West, potentially gusting up to 60-80km/h. Possibility of a quick
count mid-day if the wind does not threaten to push me off the tower.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/25/19 3:25 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (25 Nov 2019) 11 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 5127 54363
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 39 232
Northern Harrier 0 328 785
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 408 5376
Cooper's Hawk 3 80 317
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 601 816
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 5 4328 5146
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 0 23 26
American Kestrel 1 23 1733
Merlin 0 12 119
Peregrine Falcon 0 10 61
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 8
Unknown Buteo 0 13 25
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 11 11025 94857
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Chip Ogglesby

Visitors:
Thank you to Chip Ogglesby for spotting the first raptor of the day and to
Noel Herdman for joining us later. I really appreciated the company and
lovely conversation during this rather slow day.


Weather:
A very pleasant day on the tower with slight winds from the South, a
minimal cloud cover, and temperatures peaking around 8 degrees Celsius!

Raptor Observations:
Well, my wish for more raptors than yesterday did not come true as only 11
birds migrated over the tower. However, the last and most exciting one was
an American Kestrel! The other were the usual Red-tails, Sharp-shinned and
Cooper's Hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not too many non-raptor species around the tower either with the most
numerous migrants being Starlings, Goldfinches, and Cedar Waxwings. A dozen
of crows made an appearance along with a few Horned Larks and Snow
Buntings.
In the waterfowl category, Mallards are still the most numerous. Two
Northern Pintails, Buffleheads, Mergansers, and Ruddy Ducks can also be
spotted among the Mallards. I also believe the last Cormorant has finally
decided to migrate, but it might only be hiding from me, we'll find out
tomorrow.
Check out our full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61750216

Predictions:
Tomorrow should be very similar to today, South-West winds, sun, and
temperatures around 8-9 degrees Celsius. Hopefully we'll keep getting
raptors in the double digits!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/25/19 1:39 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (25 Nov 2019) 6 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 4198 52406
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 21 99
Northern Harrier 0 81 346
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 276 4133
Cooper's Hawk 0 35 118
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 562 757
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 4 3995 4853
Rough-legged Hawk 0 11 12
Golden Eagle 1 54 58
American Kestrel 0 5 703
Merlin 0 2 33
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 52
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 6 9247 127944
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Mike McEvoy, Patrick Mulawa,
Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
The birds outnumbered the visitors today but we did have two people come to
visit. Unfortunately, there was not much to share with them although the
red-tails were flying at that time.


Weather:
On arrival, the delicate hoarfrost of the last few days on the grass and
fallen leaves near the site was replaced by a more seasonally correct wet
dew this morning. Skies were changing with variable levels of cloud cover
throughout the day although there was always blue to be seen. The barometer
stayed persistently low with scarce movement at 29.71". Winds were SW again
for the most part bringing warmer temps but few birds. It was not a
promising day on paper and it lived down to that promise.

Raptor Observations:
The one bright note of the day was that for the second day in a row our
first bird of the day was a golden eagle. Unfortunately we ran out of
bright notes at that point. Also seen today was 1 sharp-shinned hawk and 4
red-tailed hawks. The triple zeros on the clicker remained there for the
last two hours of the watch.

Non-raptor Observations:
The sky seemed to be a no fly zone today. Some gulls took to the air but
most stayed far from the site. A few late cormorants were seen in formation
flying south. Tree swallows are still being seen in their eternal pursuit
of unseen insects.

Predictions:
The barometer should have risen about two tenths tomorrow, which is a start
in the right direction. Winds will be milder but still from the southern
quadrant. It should be more cloudy and what passes for warm in the 40's.
Rain is coming tomorrow night and possibly into Wednesday. Hopefully, a few
birds will try to beat the rain but Thursday looks to hold more promise
with NW winds on the backside of the disturbance.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/24/19 6:59 pm
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3...>
Subject: [birders] Fall bird banding totals posted
Birders and banders,

I have posted overall totals from bird banding at Lake St. Clair Metropark,
Macomb Co., Michigan to the main page of my blog.

Go to: http://mihummingbirdguy.blogspot.com/

Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
Email: <amazilia3...>
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mihummingbirdguy/collections/
Website: www.amazilia.net
Blog: http://mihummingbirdguy.blogspot.com/

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Date: 11/24/19 2:51 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (24 Nov 2019) 13 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 1 5127 54363
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 39 232
Northern Harrier 2 328 785
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 406 5374
Cooper's Hawk 2 77 314
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 601 816
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 7 4323 5141
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 0 23 26
American Kestrel 0 22 1732
Merlin 0 12 119
Peregrine Falcon 0 10 61
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 8
Unknown Buteo 0 13 25
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 13 11014 94846
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Ludwicki

Observers: Bob Hall-Brooks, Maryse Gagné

Visitors:
Thank you to Bob Hall-Brooks for the visit after closing the lake station,
and thank you to Colleen and Kris for the lovely visit to the tower.


Weather:
Strong South-Western winds on the tower today, but a good amount of
sunshine to make us forget the chilling wind.

Raptor Observations:
Things are winding down with the last week of the count underway. A slow
day on the tower for raptors as we only counted 13 individuals, 7 of them
Red-tailed Hawks, 2 Northern Harriers, 2 Cooper's, 1 Sharp-shinned and a
single Turkey Vulture.
Bald Eagles are still about on the marsh, sitting in near-by tree now that
most of the ice has melted.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not a whole lot of non-raptors migrating or milling about today either. Our
most numerous migrants were Crows (58). Still a few Goldfinches and
Bluebirds, as well as Starlings, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Cedar Waxwings.

Mostly Mallards on the marsh, but the number of Buffleheads is increasing,
and you can also spot a Northern Pintail, a few Gadwalls, and Ruddy Ducks.


Check out the full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61719661

Predictions:
A similar day is predicted for tomorrow, with South-West winds and a mix of
sun and clouds. Hopefully we will see a few more raptors than today, hoping
for a few rarities to come and grace us with their presence, you never
know!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/24/19 2:02 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (24 Nov 2019) 53 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 43 4198 52406
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 21 99
Northern Harrier 2 81 346
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 275 4132
Cooper's Hawk 0 35 118
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 562 757
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 3 3991 4849
Rough-legged Hawk 0 11 12
Golden Eagle 1 53 57
American Kestrel 1 5 703
Merlin 0 2 33
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 52
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 53 9241 127938
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Raburn Howland,
Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
We had a few visitors today but little to show. David A. came out from A
Squared to spend a little time.


Weather:
Skies that cleared during the day belied the fact that the barometer was
low and getting lower. More solid clouds gave way to high cirrus clouds
resembling slightly smeared Keith Haring figures. The wind continued to
climb in speed from an unfavorable SW quadrant. The two factors combined to
make a no-fly zone for the most part. Most of the traffic was early and the
mid-afternoon hours were barren.

Raptor Observations:
We started off well with 1 golden eagle as our first bird. Turkey vultures
made the total for the day seem more tolerable but 43 birds in a few small
groups were not impressive to the eye. 2 harriers, one a gray ghost, were
seen today. 3 red-tails were observed. 3 sharp-shins also made the trip
reluctantly. 1 American Kestrel was perhaps a surprise bird today as we
have not seen many falcons lately.

Non-raptor Observations:
A fairly slow day for all birds today. Our four local bald eagle put on
their usual show but even they seemed further away than usual. Tree
swallows were observed but only a few. Bonaparte's continue to fish the
waters. Four cormorants were observed flying by, most seem to have deserted
us.

Predictions:
I'm afraid to say it but tomorrow looks a lot like today. Barometer will
stay low in the 29.6" range and winds will be from the SW. Cloud cover will
increase during the day. The winds may not be quite as enthusiastic and
that may give us hope. Hopefully, some of the more determined birds will
wander by...hope springs eternal.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/24/19 12:37 pm
From: Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon sightings?
Verified sighting at Willow run at 9 this morning. Nothing since then.
Juliet Berger

On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 3:36 PM Chipperatl10 <chipperatl10...>
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> Nothing from 1005 to 1235 in Vreeland Rd area. Harriers, Roughies,
> Red-tails and Meadowlarks were highlights. 3 Meadowlarks were on
> Gotfredson just north of Vreeland.
>
> Gordon Green
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> On Nov 24, 2019, at 3:28 PM, Alice Elliott <alelliot...> wrote:
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> 
> Any new sightings since Friday or yesterday? I plan to check Willow Run
> later, but am curious if anyone got eyes on it today.
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Date: 11/24/19 12:36 pm
From: Chipperatl10 <chipperatl10...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon sightings?
Nothing from 1005 to 1235 in Vreeland Rd area. Harriers, Roughies, Red-tails and Meadowlarks were highlights. 3 Meadowlarks were on Gotfredson just north of Vreeland.

Gordon Green

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> On Nov 24, 2019, at 3:28 PM, Alice Elliott <alelliot...> wrote:
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> Any new sightings since Friday or yesterday? I plan to check Willow Run later, but am curious if anyone got eyes on it today.
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Date: 11/24/19 12:28 pm
From: Alice Elliott <alelliot...>
Subject: [birders] Gyrfalcon sightings?
Any new sightings since Friday or yesterday? I plan to check Willow Run
later, but am curious if anyone got eyes on it today.

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Date: 11/24/19 9:53 am
From: 'P. swanson' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Sunday sightings
A Carolina wren feeding on suet with a couple Chickadees and 2 female Common Goldeneyes in cove on Lake St. Clair.
Hard to get anything here because of always-present duck hunters.
Can’t imagine what they do with
them all.
Penny

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Date: 11/24/19 3:32 am
From: Barbara Lucas <blgreensource...>
Subject: [birders] Re: Does anyone have the "Wingspan" board game I can borrow?
Just to let you all know, I got lucky and a very kind and generous birder
has lent me the game, so I'm all set!
Thanks Elise, you are much appreciated :-)
Barbara

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> Hi birders,
>
> Just wondering...
>
> I’d like to try out the game “Wingspan” before deciding whether to order
> (as it’s over $100). We would only need it for one night and we’d take
> super-good care of it! If you think this is a possibility, please text,
> call or email me.
>
> Thanks a million,
>
> Barbara Lucas
> #248-974-6942

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Date: 11/23/19 6:26 pm
From: Janet Hinshaw <jhinshaw...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
We tried willow run and grace lake in the middle of the afternoon with no luck. Hardly any gulls on grace lake today in the afternoon.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 23, 2019, at 6:11 PM, Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> wrote:
>
> 
> The Gyrfalcon was spotted on Vreeland Road near Harris Road, in Washtenaw County, today at approx. 12:30. It flew east, according to reports, after
> attacking a Bald Eagle, and getting chased, afterwards, by said Eagle.
> I don't have any reports on whether it was seen subsequently at Willow Run, or Grace Lake, or not seen again.
> Juliet Berger
>
>> On Sat, Nov 23, 2019 at 4:47 PM madxofaa <madxofaa...> wrote:
>> Was there a sighting today (Saturday)?
>> ..Bob
>>
>>> On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 7:20 PM ANDREW DETTLING <dendroica...> wrote:
>>> John, it’s pretty cool that a juv Peregrine (PEFA) showed up to make us work through some differences between the two.
>>>
>>> If you have some experience with PEFA, the size difference alone is almost enough to clinch it. PEFA is sleek and classy. Gyrfalcon (GYRF) is overall larger but also a chunky thug gangster. If you see it in fight it looks monstrous, not like any falcon we are use to seeing.
>>>
>>> This bird happens to be a juvenile gray morph.
>>>
>>> If you see a perched bird, I would first look at the face. The “mustache” of PEFA is strong and the GYRF is weak. This is commonly said. What I find even more striking is the color behind the mustache, the aricular. The PEFA has a bold white patch, while the GYRF has a gray patch that is almost the same color as the mustache, making the mustache of the PEFA pop.
>>>
>>> Next move to the folded wingtips resting on the tail. PEFAs wings reach the tip of the tail in true falcon style. Remember that GYRF is a brute, his wings are shorter and broader and don’t reach the tail.
>>>
>>> If you are really close with a scope and you can see the birds feet you can see something cool. Young PEFA have yellow legs, GYFA have steel BLUE feet! I saw this briefly and they just make the bird look even more bad ass.
>>>
>>> The streaking on the chest of PEFA is not as dense as GYRF.
>>>
>>> If you see the birds in flight the wing shape of a PEFA is long and narrow and the GYFA is more red-tail like, wide and more blunt. If you pay attention to the pattern of the underwing, PEFA is checkered and the GYRF has more unmarked silvery primaries. Our bird has some marking in the outer primaries but nothing like PEFA.
>>>
>>> This bird is a boss. I’ve watched it chase a Bald Eagle and a run a Canada Goose into a corn stand to escape.
>>>
>>> It’s been eating doves and gulls. I’m sure it is also eating Mallards on Belleville lake.
>>>
>>> This is a once in 20 year type bird this far south, go out and have a look if you haven’t done so already.
>>>
>>> Andy Dettling
>>>
>>>
>>> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
>>>
>>> On Thursday, November 21, 2019, 11:41 AM, John Parker <parkerj15...> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> I'll put this on the email list because I don't want to ruffle Andys feathers. It was so thoughtful of him to set up that WhatsApp group. But today there's a discussion as to whether folks are looking at a peregrine or a gyrfalcon. Someone chimed in, it's good to be skeptical so to speak, but many folks have seen a gyrfalcon there so that's what it is. However, it could be a gyrfalcon one day and a peregrine the next. So why not talk about field marks? Like the more distinct mustache on the peregrine. How about, the wingtips when folded don't reach the tail tip on the gyrfalcon, and it's very obvious. How about the thick leg feathers? Are they indicative of the gyrfalcon as opposed to the peregrine? I'm not sure. But those things are pertinent.
>>> John Parker
>>>
>>>
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Date: 11/23/19 3:20 pm
From: Andrew Pawuk <andrewpawuk...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
Bob,

I tried Willow Run this afternoon and did not see the Gyrfalcon. I then tried Grace Lake and left around 3:30 and did not see it. I did see 1 Bald Eagle fly over Grace Lake.

Andrew Pawuk



> On Nov 23, 2019, at 6:11 PM, Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...> wrote:
>
> The Gyrfalcon was spotted on Vreeland Road near Harris Road, in Washtenaw County, today at approx. 12:30. It flew east, according to reports, after
> attacking a Bald Eagle, and getting chased, afterwards, by said Eagle.
> I don't have any reports on whether it was seen subsequently at Willow Run, or Grace Lake, or not seen again.
> Juliet Berger
>
>> On Sat, Nov 23, 2019 at 4:47 PM madxofaa <madxofaa...> wrote:
>> Was there a sighting today (Saturday)?
>> ..Bob
>>
>>> On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 7:20 PM ANDREW DETTLING <dendroica...> wrote:
>>> John, it’s pretty cool that a juv Peregrine (PEFA) showed up to make us work through some differences between the two.
>>>
>>> If you have some experience with PEFA, the size difference alone is almost enough to clinch it. PEFA is sleek and classy. Gyrfalcon (GYRF) is overall larger but also a chunky thug gangster. If you see it in fight it looks monstrous, not like any falcon we are use to seeing.
>>>
>>> This bird happens to be a juvenile gray morph.
>>>
>>> If you see a perched bird, I would first look at the face. The “mustache” of PEFA is strong and the GYRF is weak. This is commonly said. What I find even more striking is the color behind the mustache, the aricular. The PEFA has a bold white patch, while the GYRF has a gray patch that is almost the same color as the mustache, making the mustache of the PEFA pop.
>>>
>>> Next move to the folded wingtips resting on the tail. PEFAs wings reach the tip of the tail in true falcon style. Remember that GYRF is a brute, his wings are shorter and broader and don’t reach the tail.
>>>
>>> If you are really close with a scope and you can see the birds feet you can see something cool. Young PEFA have yellow legs, GYFA have steel BLUE feet! I saw this briefly and they just make the bird look even more bad ass.
>>>
>>> The streaking on the chest of PEFA is not as dense as GYRF.
>>>
>>> If you see the birds in flight the wing shape of a PEFA is long and narrow and the GYFA is more red-tail like, wide and more blunt. If you pay attention to the pattern of the underwing, PEFA is checkered and the GYRF has more unmarked silvery primaries. Our bird has some marking in the outer primaries but nothing like PEFA.
>>>
>>> This bird is a boss. I’ve watched it chase a Bald Eagle and a run a Canada Goose into a corn stand to escape.
>>>
>>> It’s been eating doves and gulls. I’m sure it is also eating Mallards on Belleville lake.
>>>
>>> This is a once in 20 year type bird this far south, go out and have a look if you haven’t done so already.
>>>
>>> Andy Dettling
>>>
>>>
>>> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
>>>
>>> On Thursday, November 21, 2019, 11:41 AM, John Parker <parkerj15...> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> I'll put this on the email list because I don't want to ruffle Andys feathers. It was so thoughtful of him to set up that WhatsApp group. But today there's a discussion as to whether folks are looking at a peregrine or a gyrfalcon. Someone chimed in, it's good to be skeptical so to speak, but many folks have seen a gyrfalcon there so that's what it is. However, it could be a gyrfalcon one day and a peregrine the next. So why not talk about field marks? Like the more distinct mustache on the peregrine. How about, the wingtips when folded don't reach the tail tip on the gyrfalcon, and it's very obvious. How about the thick leg feathers? Are they indicative of the gyrfalcon as opposed to the peregrine? I'm not sure. But those things are pertinent.
>>> John Parker
>>>
>>>
>>> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
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Date: 11/23/19 3:11 pm
From: Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
The Gyrfalcon was spotted on Vreeland Road near Harris Road, in Washtenaw
County, today at approx. 12:30. It flew east, according to reports, after
attacking a Bald Eagle, and getting chased, afterwards, by said Eagle.
I don't have any reports on whether it was seen subsequently at Willow Run,
or Grace Lake, or not seen again.
Juliet Berger

On Sat, Nov 23, 2019 at 4:47 PM madxofaa <madxofaa...> wrote:

> Was there a sighting today (Saturday)?
> ..Bob
>
> On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 7:20 PM ANDREW DETTLING <dendroica...>
> wrote:
>
>> John, it’s pretty cool that a juv Peregrine (PEFA) showed up to make us
>> work through some differences between the two.
>>
>> If you have some experience with PEFA, the size difference alone is
>> almost enough to clinch it. PEFA is sleek and classy. Gyrfalcon (GYRF) is
>> overall larger but also a chunky thug gangster. If you see it in fight it
>> looks monstrous, not like any falcon we are use to seeing.
>>
>> This bird happens to be a juvenile gray morph.
>>
>> If you see a perched bird, I would first look at the face. The
>> “mustache” of PEFA is strong and the GYRF is weak. This is commonly said.
>> What I find even more striking is the color behind the mustache, the
>> aricular. The PEFA has a bold white patch, while the GYRF has a gray patch
>> that is almost the same color as the mustache, making the mustache of the
>> PEFA pop.
>>
>> Next move to the folded wingtips resting on the tail. PEFAs wings reach
>> the tip of the tail in true falcon style. Remember that GYRF is a brute,
>> his wings are shorter and broader and don’t reach the tail.
>>
>> If you are really close with a scope and you can see the birds feet you
>> can see something cool. Young PEFA have yellow legs, GYFA have steel BLUE
>> feet! I saw this briefly and they just make the bird look even more bad
>> ass.
>>
>> The streaking on the chest of PEFA is not as dense as GYRF.
>>
>> If you see the birds in flight the wing shape of a PEFA is long and
>> narrow and the GYFA is more red-tail like, wide and more blunt. If you pay
>> attention to the pattern of the underwing, PEFA is checkered and the GYRF
>> has more unmarked silvery primaries. Our bird has some marking in the
>> outer primaries but nothing like PEFA.
>>
>> This bird is a boss. I’ve watched it chase a Bald Eagle and a run a
>> Canada Goose into a corn stand to escape.
>>
>> It’s been eating doves and gulls. I’m sure it is also eating Mallards on
>> Belleville lake.
>>
>> This is a once in 20 year type bird this far south, go out and have a
>> look if you haven’t done so already.
>>
>> Andy Dettling
>>
>>
>> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
>> <https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/?.src=iOS>
>>
>> On Thursday, November 21, 2019, 11:41 AM, John Parker <
>> <parkerj15...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> I'll put this on the email list because I don't want to ruffle Andys
>> feathers. It was so thoughtful of him to set up that WhatsApp group. But
>> today there's a discussion as to whether folks are looking at a peregrine
>> or a gyrfalcon. Someone chimed in, it's good to be skeptical so to speak,
>> but many folks have seen a gyrfalcon there so that's what it is. However,
>> it could be a gyrfalcon one day and a peregrine the next. So why not talk
>> about field marks? Like the more distinct mustache on the peregrine. How
>> about, the wingtips when folded don't reach the tail tip on the gyrfalcon,
>> and it's very obvious. How about the thick leg feathers? Are they
>> indicative of the gyrfalcon as opposed to the peregrine? I'm not sure. But
>> those things are pertinent.
>> John Parker
>>
>>
>> Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone
>>
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Date: 11/23/19 2:06 pm
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Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (23 Nov 2019) 165 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 71 4155 52363
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 5 21 99
Northern Harrier 2 79 344
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 272 4129
Cooper's Hawk 1 35 118
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 10 562 757
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 59 3988 4846
Rough-legged Hawk 0 11 12
Golden Eagle 4 52 56
American Kestrel 0 4 702
Merlin 1 2 33
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 52
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 165 9188 127885
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
We did well on visitors today. Richard, Michelle and Bill paid us a visit
along with a handful of other persons intent on seeing golden eagles, the
bird du jour. Fortunately, we were able to deliver today with birds that
were visible without the aid of the Hubble.


Weather:
A day that was nearly a mirror image of yesterday, please remember that
mirrors give a backward image. Today we started with sun for a short while.
In a fairly subtle transition the high cirrus wisps were gradually replaced
with increasingly solid overcast and lower, darker, more threatening clouds
that foretold of the "wintry mix" weather event arriving in the evening
hours. The barometer dropped down to 29.75" from a starting position about
two tenths higher. Winds were also subtle, going a long way round the
compass but failing to raise any enthusiasm regardless of direction. This
made the hawk-counter's lives a little more tolerable but may not have
helped the count.

Raptor Observations:
Despite a meh day weatherwise, we managed a fairly strong middle of the
day. It was slow to start and absolutely stopped later on. 71 turkey
vultures led the way numerically. The red-tails had a respectable 59 birds
with 10 red-shouldered hawks keeping them company. 12 sharp-shins and 1
Cooper's filled out the accipiter dance card. 2 harriers were counted. 1
merlin was seen speeding by. The hardworking eagles were on the move today,
(most birds had to work in the light winds), with 5 bald eagles and 4
golden eagles. We have now surpassed last year's total for goldens even
though it looked doubtful a couple of weeks ago.

Non-raptor Observations:
13 sandhills were seen flying by. Our Bonaparte's fleet has sailed for the
most part as we were back down to a handful from 60 yesterday. Lots of
waterfowl on the move high in the sky and far away from us.

Predictions:
Increasing winds from the WSW and a barometer continuing to stay in the
lower range would not be the preferred indicators if you had your druthers.
The sun should be out again and temps will rise possibly 40F. I don't think
we will set any records tomorrow but hopefully some of the more hardy birds
will be anxious to leave.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/23/19 1:47 pm
From: madxofaa <madxofaa...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
Was there a sighting today (Saturday)?
..Bob

On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 7:20 PM ANDREW DETTLING <dendroica...>
wrote:

> John, it’s pretty cool that a juv Peregrine (PEFA) showed up to make us
> work through some differences between the two.
>
> If you have some experience with PEFA, the size difference alone is almost
> enough to clinch it. PEFA is sleek and classy. Gyrfalcon (GYRF) is
> overall larger but also a chunky thug gangster. If you see it in fight it
> looks monstrous, not like any falcon we are use to seeing.
>
> This bird happens to be a juvenile gray morph.
>
> If you see a perched bird, I would first look at the face. The “mustache”
> of PEFA is strong and the GYRF is weak. This is commonly said. What I
> find even more striking is the color behind the mustache, the aricular.
> The PEFA has a bold white patch, while the GYRF has a gray patch that is
> almost the same color as the mustache, making the mustache of the PEFA pop.
>
> Next move to the folded wingtips resting on the tail. PEFAs wings reach
> the tip of the tail in true falcon style. Remember that GYRF is a brute,
> his wings are shorter and broader and don’t reach the tail.
>
> If you are really close with a scope and you can see the birds feet you
> can see something cool. Young PEFA have yellow legs, GYFA have steel BLUE
> feet! I saw this briefly and they just make the bird look even more bad
> ass.
>
> The streaking on the chest of PEFA is not as dense as GYRF.
>
> If you see the birds in flight the wing shape of a PEFA is long and narrow
> and the GYFA is more red-tail like, wide and more blunt. If you pay
> attention to the pattern of the underwing, PEFA is checkered and the GYRF
> has more unmarked silvery primaries. Our bird has some marking in the
> outer primaries but nothing like PEFA.
>
> This bird is a boss. I’ve watched it chase a Bald Eagle and a run a
> Canada Goose into a corn stand to escape.
>
> It’s been eating doves and gulls. I’m sure it is also eating Mallards on
> Belleville lake.
>
> This is a once in 20 year type bird this far south, go out and have a look
> if you haven’t done so already.
>
> Andy Dettling
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
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>
> On Thursday, November 21, 2019, 11:41 AM, John Parker <
> <parkerj15...> wrote:
>
>
> I'll put this on the email list because I don't want to ruffle Andys
> feathers. It was so thoughtful of him to set up that WhatsApp group. But
> today there's a discussion as to whether folks are looking at a peregrine
> or a gyrfalcon. Someone chimed in, it's good to be skeptical so to speak,
> but many folks have seen a gyrfalcon there so that's what it is. However,
> it could be a gyrfalcon one day and a peregrine the next. So why not talk
> about field marks? Like the more distinct mustache on the peregrine. How
> about, the wingtips when folded don't reach the tail tip on the gyrfalcon,
> and it's very obvious. How about the thick leg feathers? Are they
> indicative of the gyrfalcon as opposed to the peregrine? I'm not sure. But
> those things are pertinent.
> John Parker
>
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Date: 11/23/19 12:56 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (23 Nov 2019) 60 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 23 5126 54362
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 39 232
Northern Harrier 1 326 783
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 405 5373
Cooper's Hawk 2 75 312
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 601 816
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 26 4316 5134
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 1 23 26
American Kestrel 0 22 1732
Merlin 0 12 119
Peregrine Falcon 0 10 61
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 8
Unknown Buteo 0 13 25
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 60 11001 94833
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Dwayne Murphy

Visitors:
Thanks you John Barnes for his visit in the morning.
I was also visited by two families out for walk today, and an additional
thank you to Dwayne Murphy for his visit to the tower right as things were
getting busy. Thank you for your help and the coffee!


Weather:
A frosty morning gave way to a pleasant day on the tower! The sun shone for
a few hours in the morning before the clouds covered the sky. Very slight
winds from the South most of the day.

Raptor Observations:
The day started out very slow, so much that I didn't expect to get more
than 10 bird. That was until a big rush from 12-1, which ended the day at
60 raptors. The majority were Red-tailed Hawks, but a few Turkey Vultures,
Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks moved through. I also managed to catch a
male Northern Harrier and Golden Eagle very high up in the sky. Most
raptors from 11-2 were flying to the North and got some good height, making
them very difficult to see with the naked eye.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not sure where all the ducks swam off to yesterday, but they were back
today! Flocks consisted mostly of Mallards, but with some Shovelers,
Pintails, and Buffleheads mixed in.
Still many Bluebirds and American Goldfinches migrating as well. Other
great finds were an Eastern Phoebe, 2 House Finches, and a Golden-Crowned
Kinglet.

Check out full ebird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61681167

Predictions:
Tomorrow we are expecting sunshine and steady winds from the South-West
most of the day. Hopefully the flow of raptors does not stop and we will
keep seeing Red-tailed Hawks and Golden Eagles. I am also hoping for
another few Rough-legged Hawk, as they have not been spotted from the tower
in a while, fingers crossed!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/23/19 10:09 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (22 Nov 2019) 237 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 22, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 73 4084 52292
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 1 16 94
Northern Harrier 3 77 342
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 260 4117
Cooper's Hawk 1 34 117
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 16 552 747
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 130 3929 4787
Rough-legged Hawk 1 11 12
Golden Eagle 3 48 52
American Kestrel 0 4 702
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 52
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 237 9023 127720
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Frank Kitakis, John Elliot, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
Only the hardcore volunteers came out today. Thanks to all for toughing it
out and doing a great job.


Weather:
The forecasted morning sunshine arrived unfashionably late. It was the
mid-afternoon hours when the solid cloud deck began to fracture and allow
fissures where blue could peek through. The NW wind failed to ease in any
appreciable manner during the day keeping the participants chilled and
beyond help when the sunlight finally brought a little warmth to the site.
Warmth being a relative term of course, the temps stayed in the 30’s and
the wind kept the real feel temps lower. The barometer settled at 30.12”
Hg and did not budge.

Raptor Observations:
The day seemed to have good technical indicators and the movement was
there, although the strong winds may have affected the numbers we saw at
our site. Buteos were the stars today with 130 red-tails leading the way.
Red-shoulders were also on the move with 16. Joining the buteo ranks was 1
light-morph rough-legged hawk. There are still some turkey vultures moving
south from Canada and 73 showed us their heels today. Joining the exodus
were 9 sharp-shins and 1 Cooper's hawk. 3 harriers dihedraled by and last,
but not least, 3 golden eagles made our day.

Non-raptor Observations:
75 sandhill cranes were spotted in three flights. Our Bonaparte’s gull
population swelled to approximately 60 birds today but most of them rode
out the wind on the waves. Lots of waterfowl were seen flying by as the
wind seemed to bring their flight line closer to us. Tree swallows are
still here but in small numbers.

Predictions:
Increasing cloud cover is predicted. I'm sure that will arrive on time. The
barometer is going to fall but not drastically. Winds are from the SW but
only at 4 mph. Not good signs but possibly not enough to dissuade the
buteos and eagles from moving by us.Temps will remain in the high 30's
again but with less wind it may be more tolerable.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jerry Jourdan (<jerry.jourdan...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


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https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/23/19 8:37 am
From: Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon continues
Thank you for the replies. I have the information that I was seeking.
Thanks all.

On Sat, Nov 23, 2019 at 9:28 AM Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...> wrote:

> Does anyone know what date and time that the Gyrfalcon was observed at
> Gotfredson and Vreeland Roads, and by whom?
>
> I'm trying to update my list for Superior Township and would appreciate
> the information. Thanks.
>
> Jack Smiley
>
> On Sun, Nov 17, 2019 at 5:01 PM 'pat j' via Birders <
> <birders...> wrote:
>
>>
>> The Gyrfalcon continues to be seen today at Grace Lake. It was seen
>> between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. it flew to the north into the woods north of the
>> main building. It was seen by more than a dozen people at various perching
>> areas around the pond. With moderate weather forecast this week it may
>> stick around. Yesterday it was reported most of the day around Willow Run
>> Airport. It has also been seen this past week at gottfredson and Vreeland
>> Road. I should have photos posted on Flickr sometime tomorrow.
>> Patrick Jakel
>>
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Date: 11/23/19 6:28 am
From: Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon continues
Does anyone know what date and time that the Gyrfalcon was observed at
Gotfredson and Vreeland Roads, and by whom?

I'm trying to update my list for Superior Township and would appreciate the
information. Thanks.

Jack Smiley

On Sun, Nov 17, 2019 at 5:01 PM 'pat j' via Birders <birders...>
wrote:

>
> The Gyrfalcon continues to be seen today at Grace Lake. It was seen
> between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. it flew to the north into the woods north of the
> main building. It was seen by more than a dozen people at various perching
> areas around the pond. With moderate weather forecast this week it may
> stick around. Yesterday it was reported most of the day around Willow Run
> Airport. It has also been seen this past week at gottfredson and Vreeland
> Road. I should have photos posted on Flickr sometime tomorrow.
> Patrick Jakel
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Date: 11/23/19 5:56 am
From: Barbara Lucas <blgreensource...>
Subject: [birders] Does anyone have the "Wingspan" board game I can borrow?
Hi birders,

Just wondering...

I’d like to try out the game “Wingspan” before deciding whether to order (as it’s over $100). We would only need it for one night and we’d take super-good care of it! If you think this is a possibility, please text, call or email me.

Thanks a million,

Barbara Lucas
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Date: 11/22/19 4:26 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (22 Nov 2019) 250 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 22, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 62 5103 54339
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 1 39 232
Northern Harrier 1 325 782
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 398 5366
Cooper's Hawk 4 73 310
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 9 601 816
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 167 4290 5108
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 2 22 25
American Kestrel 0 22 1732
Merlin 0 12 119
Peregrine Falcon 0 10 61
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 8
Unknown Buteo 0 13 25
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 250 10941 94773
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Dave Martin, Ian Woodfield, Linda Wladarski

Visitors:
Thank you Dave Martin, Linda Wladarski, and Ian Woodfield for their help
and company today!


Weather:
Cloudy and windy start to the day, with winds blowing from the North-West
at about 30km/h. This gave the first migrating raptors some trouble as many
attempted to cross but were pushed back immediately. As the day went on,
the wind died down slightly and the hawks were able to take a more direct
route to cross the marsh. The sun came out later in the afternoon which was
really appreciated after the cold and windy start.

Raptor Observations:
We were seeing red today! Red-tailed Hawks beat out the competition coming
out at 167 individuals!
Still a few straggling Turkey Vultures (67) passing through and a couple of
Red-shouldered Hawks (9). 4 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 4 Cooper's Hawks and a
single juvenile Northern Harrier migrated over the marsh. Lastly, two
Golden Eagles made their way across, of course when no other visitors were
around.

Non-raptor Observations:
Main non-raptor migrants were once again Bluebirds (123), and American
Goldfinches (90), flying around and over the tower.
Notable species were Sandhill Cranes, Eastern Phoebes, Winter Wrens,
Carolina Wrens, White-breasted Nuthatches, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.
Things are starting to look different on the marsh, as the ducks were
nowhere to be seen! Only about a hundred Mallards were spotted with a few
other species mixed in; Buffleheads, Pintails, and Shovelers.

Check out our full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61657254


Predictions:
Tomorrow is expected to start out sunny and with winds from the South-West.
Tomorrow will most likely be a little slower than today, but we could still
see Red-tails, Harriers, and few more Golden Eagles and Rough-legged Hawks,
fingers crossed!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/22/19 8:28 am
From: Jason Frenzel <charlesfrenzel...>
Subject: [birders] Fwd: Huron River Watershed Field Job
Please feel free to forward this job announcement
<https://www.hrwc.org/about/staff/jobs/?fbclid=IwAR36cy8cVTlYcCcEA3Fws1c3UvM30BC6JG_cHNeROXaUGH3PeC4bzFEtrcg#watershed-ecology-associate>
as you see fit.



Thanks!

~Jason


*Position: Watershed Ecology Associate*

Hours: Full-time with generous benefits package

Annual Salary: $42,993

Close Date: December 2

*About Us*
The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) is a coalition of watershed
residents, businesses, and local governments. HRWC is the oldest regional
river protection organization in Michigan. Our mission is to protect and
restore the river for healthy and vibrant communities. We work with a
collaborative and inclusive spirit to give all partners the opportunity to
become stewards; generate science-based, trustworthy information for
decision makers to ensure reliable supplies of clean water and resilient
natural systems; and passionately advocate for the health of the river and
the lands around it.

HRWC is committed to diversity and inclusion within the workplace. We are
committed to prohibiting discrimination against volunteers, clients, and
applicants on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, marital
status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental
handicap/disability, social economic class, ethical values and/or political
beliefs.

*Position Description*
The Watershed Ecology Associate assists with the planning and
implementation of aquatic and terrestrial biological monitoring, volunteer
field programs, K-College environmental education, and related data
management and analysis.

*Duties and Responsibilities*

- Work on citizen science-based benthic macroinvertebrate program:
prepare outings, coordinate logistics, work with and support volunteers,
identify aquatic benthic macroinvertebrates, analyze and present data
- Help lead summer intern program: lead and conduct field work with
summer interns, coordinate data collection outings, contribute to a
positive intern experience
- Participate in HRWC’s K-12 environmental education program: directly
work with students and teachers, provide logistical support to program
leaders, help build and maintain relationships with diverse schools and
districts
- Work on Natural Areas Assessment and Protection Program: prepare
outings, coordinate and work with volunteers, conduct landowner outreach,
prepare GIS maps, analyze and present data
- Support recruitment and retention of diverse volunteer base for HRWC
programs
- Track and maintain monitoring equipment and materials needed for
monitoring programs
- Support HRWC staff with GIS projects that include the creation of both
offline and online maps
- Support the development and piloting of emerging contaminant
monitoring programs
- Data inputting, management, and analysis related to all Associate’s
program areas
- Contribute to projects that change over time, incorporating the
Associate’s interests

*HRWC Functions*

- Assist in developing and implementing any needed procedures to
continually improve the effectiveness of the organization
- Participate in production of a high-quality newsletter, website, and
social/media outlets
- Participate in staff meetings and other organization events and
activities
- Support and facilitate the development of new projects and other
fundraising efforts

*Desired Qualifications: *

- A bachelor’s degree in natural resources, biology, environmental
engineering or similar field or 2-3 years of relevant professional
experience in volunteer coordination, biological sampling techniques
and/or data management
- Experience in benthic macroinvertebrate identification
(taxonomic family and lower preferred)
- Experience in both aquatic and terrestrial plant identification
- Analytical skills and experience using statistical analysis techniques
- Knowledge and experience with GIS
- Spreadsheet and database management experience – Excel, Access,
Salesforce or similar
- Strong written communication and public speaking skills; and ability
to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and
socioeconomically diverse communities.
- Self-motivated, organized, experience working in teams
- Experience with water quality issues and solutions
- Ability and desire to facilitate collaborative approaches to
environmental protection
- Commitment to maintain the culture of participatory decision-making
and support for colleagues to achieve their best

*Physical Demands and Work Environment*
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must
be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.

- Willingness to travel within four-county area in southeastern Michigan
- Availability to work some evenings and weekends
- Able to meet the demands of the work environment including physical
activity (wading in rivers and walking across difficult terrain, while
carrying up to 25 pounds), regularly being in indoor and outdoor locations
in a variety of temperatures, light conditions, activity and noise levels
- Employee is regularly required to, stand, sit, talk, hear, and use
hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone. Specific vision
abilities required include close vision requirements due to computer work.
- Must maintain a valid driver’s license in the State of Michigan and
have access to a vehicle for working in the field throughout the watershed.

Please submit an application
<https://www.hrwc.org/about/staff/jobs/hrwc-job-application/>, cover
letter, resume and three references to Jenn Kangas <jkangas...> by
December 2, 2019.





Jason Frenzel, CVA | Volunteer & Stewardship Coordinator

Huron River Watershed Council | 1100 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734.769.5123 x600

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Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement, Past-President
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Sierra Club Huron Valley Group, Treasurer and Secretary
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Date: 11/22/19 5:43 am
From: Phil Bugosh <peb729...>
Subject: [birders] Reminder: OAS/WAS Field Trip Saturday November 23, Belle Isle
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm, Belle Isle
Leader: Don Burlett (<baikalteal13...>)
Join Washtenaw Audubon and Oakland Audubon for our traditional joint fall
trip to Belle Isle to look for ducks, raptors and whatever is hiding around
this wonderful island. We’ll meet at the Nature Center at the east end of
the island and carpool from there. For those interested, lunch afterwards
to compare notes and chat. A state recreation passport is
required. Everyone is welcome.

Please see our website (http://www.oaklandaudubon.org) for details about
upcoming field trips, meetings, programs and the Young Birder's Club.
Contact the field trip leaders if you have additional questions. You do not
have to be a member to participate.

Thank you,
Phil Bugosh
Oakland Audubon Society

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Date: 11/21/19 4:20 pm
From: ANDREW DETTLING <dendroica...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
John, it’s pretty cool that a juv Peregrine (PEFA) showed up to make us work through some differences between the two.
If you have some experience with PEFA, the size difference alone is almost enough to clinch it.  PEFA is sleek and classy.  Gyrfalcon (GYRF) is overall larger but also a chunky thug gangster.  If you see it in fight it looks monstrous, not like any falcon we are use to seeing.
This bird happens to be a juvenile gray morph.
If you see a perched bird, I would first look at the face.  The “mustache” of PEFA is strong and the GYRF is weak.  This is commonly said.  What I find even more striking is the color behind the mustache, the aricular.  The PEFA has a bold white patch, while the GYRF has a gray patch that is almost the same color as the mustache, making the mustache of the PEFA pop.
Next move to the folded wingtips resting on the tail.  PEFAs wings reach the tip of the tail in true falcon style.  Remember that GYRF is a brute, his wings are shorter and broader and don’t reach the tail.
If you are really close with a scope and you can see the birds feet you can see something cool.  Young PEFA have yellow legs, GYFA have steel BLUE feet!  I saw this briefly and they just make the bird look even more bad ass.
The streaking on the chest of PEFA is not as dense as GYRF.
If you see the birds in flight the wing shape of a PEFA is long and narrow and the GYFA is more red-tail like, wide and more blunt.  If you pay attention to the pattern of the underwing, PEFA is checkered and the GYRF has more unmarked silvery primaries.  Our bird has some marking in the outer primaries but nothing like PEFA.
This bird is a boss.  I’ve watched it chase a Bald Eagle and a run a Canada Goose into a corn stand to escape.  
It’s been eating doves and gulls.  I’m sure it is also eating Mallards on Belleville lake.  
This is a once in 20 year type bird this far south, go out and have a look if you haven’t done so already.
Andy Dettling 


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On Thursday, November 21, 2019, 11:41 AM, John Parker <parkerj15...> wrote:


I'll put this on the email list because I don't want to ruffle Andys feathers. It was so thoughtful of him to set up that WhatsApp group. But today there's a discussion as to whether folks are looking at a peregrine or a gyrfalcon. Someone chimed in, it's good to be skeptical so to speak, but many folks have seen a gyrfalcon there so that's what it is. However, it could be a gyrfalcon one day and a peregrine the next. So why not talk about field marks? Like the more distinct mustache on the peregrine. How about, the wingtips when folded don't reach the tail tip on the gyrfalcon, and it's very obvious. How about the thick leg feathers? Are they indicative of the gyrfalcon as opposed to the peregrine? I'm not sure. But those things are pertinent.John Parker

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Date: 11/21/19 2:17 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (21 Nov 2019) 44 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 4 5041 54277
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 38 231
Northern Harrier 3 324 781
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 394 5362
Cooper's Hawk 1 69 306
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 592 807
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 30 4123 4941
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 0 20 23
American Kestrel 0 22 1732
Merlin 0 12 119
Peregrine Falcon 0 10 61
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 8
Unknown Buteo 0 13 25
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 44 10691 94523
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Dave Martin, Linda Wladarski

Visitors:
Big thank you Dave Martin and Linda Wladarski for their rainy visit today,
always a pleasure to have you two on the tower.


Weather:
Another dreary day on the tower with a full cloud cover and winds from the
South-East. Rain was expected to fall heavily all day, but it drizzled
slightly on and off for a few hours in the afternoon, nothing too serious.

Raptor Observations:
A little more action today! Within the first few hours, I quickly surpassed
the number of hawks of last few days ending with a total of 44 raptors. The
majority were Red-tailed Hawks (30), flying low and quickly over the trees.
A few Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Turkey Vultures, and Northern
Harriers also made an appearance. Any movement quickly petered off by the
early afternoon as the weather worsened.
Lastly, Bald Eagles were very active on the marsh today, often seen chasing
each other and harassing the ducks.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not particularly busy on the non-raptor front either, but we did have a big
movement of Eastern Bluebirds (120) passing around the tower. Most flew
overhead, calling along the way, but some batches hung around the tower
enough to admire their beautiful plumage.
Wren, Chickadees, Sparrow, Nuthatches, Wood-peckers and Creepers are still
in abundance around the tower and make for nice company during slow days.

Check out our full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61634219

Predictions:
Tomorrow seems promising, some sunshine and North-West winds all day!
Hopefully this is will bring usual migrants over the tower in bigger
numbers, as well as less common migrants migrating in our direction.
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Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/21/19 1:51 pm
From: ANDREW DETTLING <dendroica...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
Grace Lake is really a small pond in front of Visteon HQ.  
1 Village Center Dr, Van Buren Charter Township, MI 48111, United States
Wayne county near 275 and 94 intersection 
Willow run airport is directly down Tyler rd to the west.  You may need to check both locations over a long period of time or you might just get lucky!
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On Thursday, November 21, 2019, 4:44 PM, 'Denise' via Birders <birders...> wrote:

Will someone tell me where Grace Lake is? Is it in Wayne?

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On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 1:39 PM, 'pat j' via Birders<birders...> wrote: One other note, as John mentioned, I'm certain others have sighted a Peregrin at Grace lake this week. I had been emailing James Markham earlier this week and I'm  convinced the bird he saw there on Monday was a Peregrin. With that said having both birds being seen at the same location observers will need to look closely.  

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, 01:16:50 PM EST, 'pat j' via Birders <birders...> wrote:


I will add a couple of my observations of the bird we saw on Sunday at Grace Lake. From the standpoint of size and structure the bird we saw was very robust and large and I would say it was similar in size or larger than a red-tailed hawk. If you look at the sizes for the Peregrine and the Gyfalcon you will see the Gyrfalcon is much larger. The Gyrfalcon is approximately 22 inches long with  a wingspan of 47 in and a weight of approximately 50 oz versus the Peregrine which is only 16 in Long with a 41 inch wingspan and weight of only 26 oz. These are approximations but very different.As John mentioned the mustache was also very muted, as can be seen in my photos on my Flickr page (see link below) .Patrick J.
flickr.com/photos/83231989@N04/
On Thursday, November 21, 2019, 11:43:33 AM EST, John Parker <parkerj15...> wrote:


I'll put this on the email list because I don't want to ruffle Andys feathers. It was so thoughtful of him to set up that WhatsApp group. But today there's a discussion as to whether folks are looking at a peregrine or a gyrfalcon. Someone chimed in, it's good to be skeptical so to speak, but many folks have seen a gyrfalcon there so that's what it is. However, it could be a gyrfalcon one day and a peregrine the next. So why not talk about field marks? Like the more distinct mustache on the peregrine. How about, the wingtips when folded don't reach the tail tip on the gyrfalcon, and it's very obvious. How about the thick leg feathers? Are they indicative of the gyrfalcon as opposed to the peregrine? I'm not sure. But those things are pertinent.John Parker

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Date: 11/21/19 1:44 pm
From: 'Denise' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfakcon.
Will someone tell me where Grace Lake is? Is it in Wayne?

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

On Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 1:39 PM, 'pat j' via Birders<birders...> wrote: One other note, as John mentioned, I'm certain others have sighted a Peregrin at Grace lake this week. I had been emailing James Markham earlier this week and I'm  convinced the bird he saw there on Monday was a Peregrin. With that said having both birds being seen at the same location observers will need to look closely.  

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, 01:16:50 PM EST, 'pat j' via Birders <birders...> wrote:


I will add a couple of my observations of the bird we saw on Sunday at Grace Lake. From the standpoint of size and structure the bird we saw was very robust and large and I would say it was similar in size or larger than a red-tailed hawk. If you look at the sizes for the Peregrine and the Gyfalcon you will see the Gyrfalcon is much larger. The Gyrfalcon is approximately 22 inches long with  a wingspan of 47 in and a weight of approximately 50 oz versus the Peregrine which is only 16 in Long with a 41 inch wingspan and weight of only 26 oz. These are approximations but very different.As John mentioned the mustache was also very muted, as can be seen in my photos on my Flickr page (see link below) .Patrick J.
flickr.com/photos/83231989@N04/
On Thursday, November 21, 2019, 11:43:33 AM EST, John Parker <parkerj15...> wrote:


I'll put this on the email list because I don't want to ruffle Andys feathers. It was so thoughtful of him to set up that WhatsApp group. But today there's a discussion as to whether folks are looking at a peregrine or a gyrfalcon. Someone chimed in, it's good to be skeptical so to speak, but many folks have seen a gyrfalcon there so that's what it is. However, it could be a gyrfalcon one day and a peregrine the next. So why not talk about field marks? Like the more distinct mustache on the peregrine. How about, the wingtips when folded don't reach the tail tip on the gyrfalcon, and it's very obvious. How about the thick leg feathers? Are they indicative of the gyrfalcon as opposed to the peregrine? I'm not sure. But those things are pertinent.John Parker

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Date: 11/21/19 1:00 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (21 Nov 2019) Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 4011 52219
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 15 93
Northern Harrier 0 74 339
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 251 4108
Cooper's Hawk 0 33 116
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 536 731
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 3799 4657
Rough-legged Hawk 0 10 11
Golden Eagle 0 45 49
American Kestrel 0 4 702
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 52
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 8786 127483
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 10:00:00
Total observation time: 1 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Raburn Howland, Rosemary Brady

Weather:
After two unusual November days becalmed in the doldrums akin to the
ancient rime, we were beginning to wonder who might be at fault. I was
fairly certain that none of us had dispatched an albatross with a crossbow,
but side glances looking for signs of guilt were exchanged. Today, our
boards are no longer shrinking as the winds have arrived bringing with them
intermittent rain over a large area for most of the day. The watch was
called early with hopes for a better day tomorrow.

Raptor Observations:
Nothing to see folks, move it along.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Tomorrow may have potential. Barometer will rebound and be in the go zone.
The sun should show in the morning hours and a fairly strong NW wind, which
will diminish during the day, might bring the birds. The strength of the
wind might be a little too strong but we will see.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


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Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/21/19 10:39 am
From: 'pat j' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfakcon.
One other note, as John mentioned, I'm certain others have sighted a Peregrin at Grace lake this week. I had been emailing James Markham earlier this week and I'm  convinced the bird he saw there on Monday was a Peregrin. With that said having both birds being seen at the same location observers will need to look closely.  

On Thursday, November 21, 2019, 01:16:50 PM EST, 'pat j' via Birders <birders...> wrote:


I will add a couple of my observations of the bird we saw on Sunday at Grace Lake. From the standpoint of size and structure the bird we saw was very robust and large and I would say it was similar in size or larger than a red-tailed hawk. If you look at the sizes for the Peregrine and the Gyfalcon you will see the Gyrfalcon is much larger. The Gyrfalcon is approximately 22 inches long with  a wingspan of 47 in and a weight of approximately 50 oz versus the Peregrine which is only 16 in Long with a 41 inch wingspan and weight of only 26 oz. These are approximations but very different.As John mentioned the mustache was also very muted, as can be seen in my photos on my Flickr page (see link below) .Patrick J.
flickr.com/photos/83231989@N04/
On Thursday, November 21, 2019, 11:43:33 AM EST, John Parker <parkerj15...> wrote:


I'll put this on the email list because I don't want to ruffle Andys feathers. It was so thoughtful of him to set up that WhatsApp group. But today there's a discussion as to whether folks are looking at a peregrine or a gyrfalcon. Someone chimed in, it's good to be skeptical so to speak, but many folks have seen a gyrfalcon there so that's what it is. However, it could be a gyrfalcon one day and a peregrine the next. So why not talk about field marks? Like the more distinct mustache on the peregrine. How about, the wingtips when folded don't reach the tail tip on the gyrfalcon, and it's very obvious. How about the thick leg feathers? Are they indicative of the gyrfalcon as opposed to the peregrine? I'm not sure. But those things are pertinent.John Parker

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Date: 11/21/19 10:16 am
From: 'pat j' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfakcon.

I will add a couple of my observations of the bird we saw on Sunday at Grace Lake. From the standpoint of size and structure the bird we saw was very robust and large and I would say it was similar in size or larger than a red-tailed hawk. If you look at the sizes for the Peregrine and the Gyfalcon you will see the Gyrfalcon is much larger. The Gyrfalcon is approximately 22 inches long with  a wingspan of 47 in and a weight of approximately 50 oz versus the Peregrine which is only 16 in Long with a 41 inch wingspan and weight of only 26 oz. These are approximations but very different.As John mentioned the mustache was also very muted, as can be seen in my photos on my Flickr page (see link below) .Patrick J.
flickr.com/photos/83231989@N04/
On Thursday, November 21, 2019, 11:43:33 AM EST, John Parker <parkerj15...> wrote:


I'll put this on the email list because I don't want to ruffle Andys feathers. It was so thoughtful of him to set up that WhatsApp group. But today there's a discussion as to whether folks are looking at a peregrine or a gyrfalcon. Someone chimed in, it's good to be skeptical so to speak, but many folks have seen a gyrfalcon there so that's what it is. However, it could be a gyrfalcon one day and a peregrine the next. So why not talk about field marks? Like the more distinct mustache on the peregrine. How about, the wingtips when folded don't reach the tail tip on the gyrfalcon, and it's very obvious. How about the thick leg feathers? Are they indicative of the gyrfalcon as opposed to the peregrine? I'm not sure. But those things are pertinent.John Parker

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Date: 11/21/19 8:43 am
From: John Parker <parkerj15...>
Subject: [birders] Gyrfakcon.


I'll put this on the email list because I don't want to ruffle Andys feathers. It was so thoughtful of him to set up that WhatsApp group. But today there's a discussion as to whether folks are looking at a peregrine or a gyrfalcon. Someone chimed in, it's good to be skeptical so to speak, but many folks have seen a gyrfalcon there so that's what it is. However, it could be a gyrfalcon one day and a peregrine the next. So why not talk about field marks? Like the more distinct mustache on the peregrine. How about, the wingtips when folded don't reach the tail tip on the gyrfalcon, and it's very obvious. How about the thick leg feathers? Are they indicative of the gyrfalcon as opposed to the peregrine? I'm not sure. But those things are pertinent.John ParkerSent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone

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Date: 11/20/19 4:59 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (20 Nov 2019) 3 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 4011 52219
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 15 93
Northern Harrier 0 74 339
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 251 4108
Cooper's Hawk 0 33 116
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 536 731
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 3799 4657
Rough-legged Hawk 0 10 11
Golden Eagle 0 45 49
American Kestrel 0 4 702
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 52
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 3 8786 127483
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Rosemary Brady, Sam Heilman

Visitors:
We had some visitors from Columbus OH in search of golden eagles who
happened to hit us on an off day. They did get to see the local bald eagle
being harassed by a local gull who was not impressed by his king of the
jungle status.


Weather:
Although the barometer rose by .4" overnight, the predicted sun did not
show and the winds were inconsistent, the flags raising now and again with
little enthusiasm from their vertical positions. Another day very much like
the one before and with little more to show for the effort.

Raptor Observations:
Although we are over 127K birds total this year, we only added three to
that number today. One juvie red-tailed flew over us and 2 sharpies were
observed. This never looked like a promising day from the onset. Although
we waited for the weather to change it was deja vu all over again.

Non-raptor Observations:
A young ruddy duck was seen close to the site separated from his flock. We
spotted nearly 90 sandhill cranes in four nearly equal flights. This was
the high for the year by far. A pair of common mergansers were seen racing
by. A few tree swallows were seen searching for the last remaining insects
in the sky. Bonaparte's gulls continue to hang around.

Predictions:
The only reason I like tomorrow's forecast is that things might finally get
moving again. We have been in a dead zone with little frontal activity to
move the birds. That will change tomorrow with "forecasted" higher winds,
albeit from the wrong direction, and rain moving in. The barometer should
drop nearly 5."Hg overnight and through the day. he winds will be building
to double digits but from the south. All bad indicators. So what's to like?
This day sets up a nice rebound on Friday with rising barometer and winds
from the NW. If it all comes to pass that could be a good day.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/20/19 4:17 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (20 Nov 2019) 19 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 5037 54273
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 38 231
Northern Harrier 4 321 778
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 388 5356
Cooper's Hawk 1 68 305
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 592 807
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 6 4093 4911
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 0 20 23
American Kestrel 0 22 1732
Merlin 0 12 119
Peregrine Falcon 1 10 61
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 8
Unknown Buteo 0 13 25
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 19 10647 94479
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers:

Visitors:
Thanks to Neil and Michelle (thanks for the coffee and biscuit!) for
stopping-by this afternoon!


Weather:
Well the expected sun did not show, and the entire day was gloomy,
overcast, and still foggy. Very little wind starting from the North-West
but shifting all the way to the South by the end of the day.

Raptor Observations:
Another slow day on the tower with only 19 raptors, but at least it's one
more than yesterday! The main highlight was a Peregrine Falcon zooming
across the marsh during the last minute of the count! Apart from that the
usual migrants came through; Sharpies, Cooper's, Red-tails, Red-shoulders,
and Harriers.

Non-raptor Observations:
Relatively slow for the non-raptors as well if it weren't for a quick burst
of songbird activity at the base of the tower in the early afternoon. It
included least 15 Bluebirds, two Winter and four Carolina Wrens,
Golden-crowned Kinglets, Juncos, White-throated, Swamp, and Song Sparrows,
a Brown Creeper, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a White-breasted Nuthatch, and
many Downy Woodpeckers.
The usual waterfowl about on the marsh, yet some species like the Mute
Swans and Double-crested Cormorants have drastically decreased in
abundance.

Check out our full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61613517

Predictions:
Looks like tomorrow will be wet. Rain is expected to start mid-morning and
keep going all day with relatively strong winds from the South. I'm not
expecting much to be flying but I would love to be surprised by Northern
Harriers and a few more buteos.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/20/19 12:53 pm
From: Alan Ryff <alryff...>
Subject: [birders] A Third Flyway?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/snow-shadow/albums/72157711865449942

https://www.flickr.com/photos/snow-shadow/albums/72157705019002664


A Third Flyway?

For the most part, are the reported Sharp-tailed Sandpipers of the Lower 48, though rare, true accidentals, the outcome of windblown misfortune or abnormal genetics?

Let’s start with the Pectoral Sandpipers of Asia. Roughly 50% of the Pectoral Sandpiper’s world population nests on grassy coastal tundra in Siberia, a breeding range that extends from the western edge of the Taimyr Peninsula, being mainland Asia’s northernmost coast, to the Bering Sea opposite Alaska. As southbound migrants they enter the Western Hemisphere via Alaska and continue across North America to their non-breeding grounds in southern South America. If any of the Taimyr Peninsula birds migrate as far as Buenos Aires, Argentina, their round trip distance is that of the Arctic Tern’s from Arctic to Antarctic latitudes and back, a potential of some 19,000 miles. However, a small number of Pectoral Sandpipers upon departing Siberia go southward via eastern Asia to non-breeding grounds in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper’s population, being about 160, 000 birds, is much smaller than that of the Pectoral Sandpiper’s estimated global population of 1,680,000. The breeding range lies entirely within that of the Pectoral’s Siberian range but is 2.5 times less in extent.

Adult and juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpipers have different migration routes. Beginning in July, adults cross the interior of Asia and continue to their non-breeding grounds in Australasia. Some 90% of the population winters in Australia. It’s a different story for juveniles. Starting later in mid August, tens of thousands of juveniles and virtually no adults make a detour to western Alaska by flying 700 to 1800 miles due east from their breeding grounds.

Why the detour? Whatever benign weather an arctic summer has begins to deteriorate by late August. Advancing cold fronts give little time for a leisurely southbound migration. Therefore, quick access to rich fuel supplies is crucial for migrants. The rate of fuel-deposition is considerably higher at stopover sites on coastal Alaska than those on the direct southbound route across Asia’s interior. Migrants in Alaska can easily double their body mass in days, thereby allowing probable nonstop flights of between 4,300 and 6,000 miles across the mid Pacific to Australasia. (Nevertheless, a few follow the coast of Asia to the non-breeding grounds.) In spring the entire population of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers takes the direct route from Australasia to Siberia. Thus the hatch birds of the former year complete a great circle route to the breeding grounds.

Surely e-Bird sources do not reflect the totality of American records, published or not. Nevertheless, as of November 2019, 33 of the Lower 48 have records of the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. Ten of these 33 have just a single record. Panama and Bolivia have a single record as well. Do these records show the frequency of strays across the continuous states? Or do they show a third flyway?--though a minor one, a flyway that leads from coastal staging sites in western Alaska to yet undiscovered wintering areas in South America, a flyway shared with Siberian Pectoral Sandpipers?

Alan

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Date: 11/20/19 10:06 am
From: 'Mike Sefton' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Tonight: Belize is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30pm, Ann Arbor, all invited
Birders and friends,

Join us tonight for the program below. You don’t have to be a Washtenaw Audubon member to attend.

Wednesday, November 20, 7:30pm

Birding Belize

Join Keith Dickey for a program on birding in the Central American country of Belize. With over 600 species on its bird list, Belize boasts sought-after birds such as Keel-billed Toucan, Jabiru, Agami Heron, and Black-headed Trogon, mammals such as Jaguar, as well as historic Mayan ruins.

Come at 7:10pm for a chance to talk with fellow birders, and enjoy snacks before the program begins.

This program is free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though we would welcome your membership to help with our environmental and educational activities. Washtenaw Audubon programs are held at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 North Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor. In addition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and field trips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program. For more information on free Washtenaw Audubon programs and field trips, go to
www.washtenawaudubon.org

Hope to see you there.

Mike Sefton
Washtenaw Audubon

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Date: 11/20/19 5:00 am
From: Matthew Spoor <matthew.spoor...>
Subject: [birders] Washtenaw Audubon Updates
A couple of Washtenaw Audubon items for you all.

*Field Trips*
This Saturday, in collaboration with Oakland Audubon, we will be enjoying a
field trip to Belle Isle State Park. More information here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1406536229511597/. All are welcome and
encouraged to attend.

We are adding more field trips to the events calendar and you can find them
in one of two places. I expect an additional 2-3 field trips to be added in
the next week or so.

- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pg/washtenawaudubon/events/
- This tends to be updated a little faster than the website for now
anyway.
- WAS website -
http://www.washtenawaudubon.org/events/eventlists/allevents

*Twitter*
We have fired up our Twitter account again and will be posting
relevant updates there. May even post a rare bird siting or two once in a
while ;-). We can be found at @WashAudubon. If you do the Twitter, please
do go an follow us there. Thank you.


Good birding.


Matthew Spoor
701-610-1203
Ann Arbor, MI

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Date: 11/19/19 1:33 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2019) 18 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 1 5037 54273
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 38 231
Northern Harrier 6 317 774
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 382 5350
Cooper's Hawk 0 67 304
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 591 806
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 7 4087 4905
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 0 20 23
American Kestrel 0 22 1732
Merlin 1 12 119
Peregrine Falcon 0 9 60
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 8
Unknown Buteo 1 13 25
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 18 10628 94460
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Bob Hall-Brooks

Visitors:
Thank you to Bob Hall-Brooks for stopping-by to keep me company for an
hour, always a pleasure!


Weather:
Damp and gloomy day on the tower with very weak SW winds and a thick fog
surrounding the marsh. Even with raptors were flying, it would have been
practically impossible to spot and identify them if they didn't fly
directly above the tower. As the day progressed, the fog got worse and I
was left with only about a kilometer of visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Raptor migration hit the brakes today, with only 18 raptors flying during
the count. The most abundant were Red-tailed Hawks (7) and Northern
Harriers (6). A single Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Turkey
Vulture were spotted migrating. Most hawks took an interesting route,
flying from tree to tree before actually moving across the marsh.
Still at least 16 Bald Eagles (juvenile and adults) spending time on the
frozen marsh.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not a whole lot of non-raptors migrating as well, but the most abundant
migrants today were Cedar Waxwings, Robins, and Bluebirds. The base of the
tower was busier with Winter Wrens, Black-capped Chickadees, Song, Swamp,
and White-throated Sparrows. Approximately three Carolina Wrens called to
each other all day, quite close to the tower. Also many woodpeckers in the
trees including Downy, Northern Flicker, Red-bellied and a Hairy
Woodpecker.
The most interesting observation today was spotting two red foxes by the
base of the tower and wandering across the frozen marsh, what a lovely
sight!

Full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61587999

Predictions:
Sunshine and North-West winds are expected tomorrow morning! Of course, the
wind will do a complete shift to the South-West by the afternoon. Hoping to
get a few more raptors than today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/19/19 1:24 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2019) Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 4011 52219
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 15 93
Northern Harrier 0 74 339
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 249 4106
Cooper's Hawk 0 33 116
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 536 731
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 3798 4656
Rough-legged Hawk 0 10 11
Golden Eagle 0 45 49
American Kestrel 0 4 702
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 52
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 8783 127480
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 12:00:00
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
Zilch


Weather:
No Canada, their home and native land, could be seen today. Likewise for
the stacks. A strange stillness has settled over the area with fog and mere
zephyrs of wind if any at all. We are in a non-moving low pressure system
that is seeking direction and getting none. We toughed it out for three
hours before deciding that anymore time spent would be futile.

Raptor Observations:
Zilch

Non-raptor Observations:
We did see one of our local eagles flying by with the remains of a
waterfowl but little else was visible.

Predictions:
A better looking day as the barometer will be high and rising. The clouds
should clear but winds will continue to be light, although from a more
favorable direction. NW early, WNW later going to SW. With such little
motivation though the winds may not hold to the forecast. Hopefully the
buteos will take the opportunity to move somewhere that we can see and
count them.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/19/19 11:49 am
From: ANDREW DETTLING <dendroica...>
Subject: Re: [birders] New State Wide Mich Listers on What’s App
All, Mich Listers is primarily for those interested in birds that would be considered very rare and on the review list for that county.  The number of postings here will ideally be restricted strictly to where a rare bird is located.  It is not a platform for general inquiry or casual sightings.  It is not a platform for discussion in general, so no thoughtful or ethical discussions, strictly information about where to find rare birds.
This is generally not a platform for backyard birders.  More for those that travel to see rare birds.

Keep that in consideration as to whether you are interested in this information or if you are better suited to other platforms.
Andy Dettling 


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On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 2:33 PM, <juliet.berger...> wrote:

Hi Andy, Can you provide some guidelines about what is appropriate to post on this group? We have many folks here that weren’t part of other Mich Listers groups. Thanks, Juliet

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On Nov 19, 2019, at 1:30 PM, ANDREW DETTLING <dendroica...> wrote:



All, for anyone that is interested in real time rare bird reports all in one place, please join the What’s App group below.  This is being created to try and concentrate sighting to one place.  Looking at text groups, two FB pages and emails is too much.https://chat.whatsapp.com/JuSk1AVmHwsG95tqOc6S6w
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Date: 11/19/19 11:33 am
From: <juliet.berger...>
Subject: Re: [birders] New State Wide Mich Listers on What’s App
Hi Andy,
Can you provide some guidelines about what is appropriate to post on this group? We have many folks here that weren’t part of other Mich Listers groups.
Thanks,
Juliet

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> On Nov 19, 2019, at 1:30 PM, ANDREW DETTLING <dendroica...> wrote:
>
>  All, for anyone that is interested in real time rare bird reports all in one place, please join the What’s App group below. This is being created to try and concentrate sighting to one place. Looking at text groups, two FB pages and emails is too much.
> https://chat.whatsapp.com/JuSk1AVmHwsG95tqOc6S6w
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> Andy Dettling
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Date: 11/19/19 11:00 am
From: 'Mike Sefton' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Belize is free Washtenaw Audubon program, Wednesday, 20 Nov, 7:30pm, Ann Arbor, all invited
Birders and friends,

Join us Wednesday night for the program below. You don’t have to be a Washtenaw Audubon member to attend.

Wednesday, November 20, 7:30pm

Birding Belize

Join Keith Dickey for a program on birding in the Central American country of Belize. With over 600 species on its bird list, Belize boasts sought-after birds such as Keel-billed Toucan, Jabiru, Agami Heron, and Black-headed Trogon, mammals such as Jaguar, as well as historic Mayan ruins.

Come at 7:10pm for a chance to talk with fellow birders, and enjoy snacks before the program begins.

This program is free and open to the public. Membership is not required, though we would welcome your membership to help with our environmental and educational activities. Washtenaw Audubon programs are held at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 North Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor. In addition to the program, hear news of the latest critter sightings and field trips, and enjoy tasty snacks following the program. For more information on free Washtenaw Audubon programs and field trips, go to
www.washtenawaudubon.org <http://www.washtenawaudubon.org/>

Hope to see you there.

Mike Sefton
Washtenaw Audubon

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Date: 11/19/19 10:30 am
From: ANDREW DETTLING <dendroica...>
Subject: [birders] New State Wide Mich Listers on What’s App
All, for anyone that is interested in real time rare bird reports all in one place, please join the What’s App group below.  This is being created to try and concentrate sighting to one place.  Looking at text groups, two FB pages and emails is too much.https://chat.whatsapp.com/JuSk1AVmHwsG95tqOc6S6w
Andy Dettling 




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Date: 11/19/19 10:11 am
From: Melissa Pappas <mpappas53...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
Was just out looking (very brief time) here at Willow Run (we work here),
and some had seen it in the location Ann talked about and some had not.
Will be bringing our binoculars and keeping an eye out. Will definitely
report any sightings of anything interesting this winter.

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> Willow run Airport!
> About 15 minutes ago.
> But it flew before I could get even a phone Camera photo.
> Southside of Service Drive, on a low post near the end of the landfill
> mounds. 😃
> Seen by me and two other women
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> Any sightings today?
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Date: 11/19/19 9:39 am
From: Ann Alvarez <annra.new...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon
Willow run Airport!
About 15 minutes ago.
But it flew before I could get even a phone Camera photo.
Southside of Service Drive, on a low post near the end of the landfill mounds. 😃
Seen by me and two other women

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> Any sightings today?
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Date: 11/19/19 9:13 am
From: Steven & Kari <birderdudegasser...>
Subject: [birders] Gyrfalcon
Any sightings today?

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Date: 11/19/19 5:32 am
From: Phil Bugosh <peb729...>
Subject: [birders] OAS/WAS Field Trip Saturday November 23, Belle Isle
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm, Belle Isle
Leader: Don Burlett (<baikalteal13...>)
Join Oakland Audubon and Washtenaw Audubon for our traditional joint fall
trip to Belle Isle to look for ducks, raptors and whatever is hiding around
this wonderful island. We’ll meet at the Nature Center at the east end of
the island and carpool from there. For those interested, lunch afterwards
to compare notes and chat. A state recreation passport is
required. Everyone is welcome.

Please see our website (http://www.oaklandaudubon.org) for details about
upcoming field trips, meetings, programs and the Young Birder's Club.
Contact the field trip leaders if you have additional questions. You do not
have to be a member to participate.

Thank you,
Phil Bugosh
Oakland Audubon Society

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Date: 11/18/19 3:58 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (18 Nov 2019) 326 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 116 5036 54272
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 38 231
Northern Harrier 3 311 768
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 381 5349
Cooper's Hawk 5 67 304
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 16 590 805
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 168 4080 4898
Rough-legged Hawk 0 21 21
Golden Eagle 1 20 23
American Kestrel 1 22 1732
Merlin 1 11 118
Peregrine Falcon 2 9 60
Unknown Accipiter 0 3 8
Unknown Buteo 0 12 24
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 326 10610 94442
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Dave Martin, Jim McCoy, Len Jones, Linda Wladarski

Visitors:
Thank you John Barnes who spent some time with me in the morning.
Additional thanks to Dave Martin, Linda Wladarski, Jim McCoy, and Lene
Jones for their afternoon visit to the tower and to Neil, Colleen and Chris
for their visit later in the day.
Lastly, thank you to Tim Jarrold visiting with a lovely Merlin (one of my
personal favourites)!


Weather:
Another beautiful day on the tower, with temperatures around 8 degrees,
minimal cloud cover, and warm sunshine. Winds seemed promising in the
morning, blowing very slightly from the North-East, only to shift to the
South-West by the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Still a good number of Red-tailed Hawks and Turkey Vultures flying overhead
today. Most raptors flew quite North of the tower and got some good height
in the blue sky. Red-tailed Hawks still came in at an impressive 168
individuals and Turkey Vultures at 116. Among them, a few more
Red-shouldered Hawks (16) came to the party, all mostly adults. Only three
Northern Harriers today, a stark contrast to last week. One juvenile Golden
Eagle in the morning and all three falcon species were counted today, 1
female American Kestrel, 1 Merlin (released from the tower after banding),
and two Peregrine Falcons.

Non-raptor Observations:
Typical day for non-raptor migration with Goldfinches, Horned Larks,
Bluebirds, and Crows flying by. Around the base of the tower, you could
spot Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers,
Black-capped Chickadees and a Brown Creeper.
Out on the marsh many duck species are still present, and closer to the
tower, all three species of Mergansers (Hooded, Common, and Red-breasted)
were spotted, along with Buffleheads and Ruddy Ducks.
Lastly, approximately 16 Bald Eagles are spending their time on the marsh,
and can be seen disturbing the ducks, locking talons with each other and
flying back and forth on the marsh.
Check out our full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61566328


Predictions:
Tomorrow, the clouds are coming in again and temperatures are expected to
stay around 2-3 degrees Celsius most of the day and winds are expected to
blow from the South-West. After this weekend's success, migration might
seem slow, but I'm hoping that Northern Harriers will pick up again and
buteos will keep coming through.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=100


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Date: 11/18/19 2:28 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (18 Nov 2019) 360 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 51 4011 52219
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 15 93
Northern Harrier 3 74 339
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 249 4106
Cooper's Hawk 2 33 116
Northern Goshawk 0 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 33 536 731
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 254 3798 4656
Rough-legged Hawk 0 10 11
Golden Eagle 6 45 49
American Kestrel 0 4 702
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 52
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 360 8783 127480
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Patrick Mulawa,
Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
Deanna and Johannes came by to look for golden eagles. Most of the birds
today were distant, although a few buteos flew over in the morning hours.
Deanna will have to wait for her National Geo golden shot. You have to pay
your dues with those birds:)


Weather:
I must admit that today's forecast had me a little confused. Although we
had light NE winds predicted the barometer was low (29.75"), yet it looked
like an early spring day with bright blue skies and melting snow. If I was
confused, the wind was even more so, meandering around the compass headings
with little effort expended. We are apparently between systems in some sort
of Bermuda Triangle situation. Ooooh that's scary...

Raptor Observations:
From a very slow start we ramped up to a fairly decent day of movement in
the late morning/early afternoon hours. The buteos were still on the move
even with little wind to assist them. 254 red-tails and 33 red-shoulders
kettled their way by. Turkey vultures came in at 51 specimens. Accipiters
were represented by 11 sharp-shins and 2 Cooper's hawks. 3 harriers were
observed. Another decent day for golden eagles with 6 seen working their
way south. In the late afternoon hours the flight shut down with little
seen in the last hour.

Non-raptor Observations:
Waterfowl were observed in the second hour of the watch migrating in long
strings but this was short-lived. Fairly slow day for other species as the
winds were light. We did see a pair of bald eagles at a great distance
practicing their talon grabbing moves without actually grabbing.

Predictions:
Cloudy and cooler with light winds as we await the arrival of a well
defined system. The barometer should have bottomed out by the time we get
back on site and be rising during the watch. There seems to be a lot of
raptor movement but whether we will catch it is hard to predict. Slightly
favorable winds in the afternoon may bode well but...still scary.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/18/19 10:50 am
From: Janet Hinshaw <jhinshaw...>
Subject: [birders] White fronted geese
There are 2 adults and 1 imm at Watkins Lake (north end) now. They are standing on the ice.

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Date: 11/17/19 4:34 pm
From: Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon continues
Curt Powell spotted it first last week at Grace Lake, as a flyby.
It turned up a few days later on Gotfredson and Vreeland found by Hunter
Foddrill and Dominick Fenech in Washtenaw County. It has been around and
back again since.
Incredible bird! From the high Arctic to Southeast Michigan...would love to
be a fly on the wall to see how it got here. We hope it sticks around for
the winter!
Good birding,
Juliet Berger


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> I just found out about the bird last night. I believe it has been around
> since early this past week. Not sure why no one has posted on Mich listers
> prior to this. There will be no rare bird alert from eBird as it is
> considered a sensitive species. I know it has been posted on Mich lister's
> Facebook page but not everybody does social media. If I'm not mistaken it
> was first seen at gottfredson and Vreeland Road.
>
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> On Sun, Nov 17, 2019 at 5:54 PM, Curt Hofer
> <curthofer...> wrote:
> Pat,
>
> Thanks for taking the time to post information about this great bird to
> the list. Apparently no one else found it noteworthy enough to do so.
>
> Curt Hofer
>
>
> On Nov 17, 2019, at 5:01 PM, 'pat j' via Birders <birders...>
> wrote:
>
> 
>
> The Gyrfalcon continues to be seen today at Grace Lake. It was seen
> between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. it flew to the north into the woods north of the
> main building. It was seen by more than a dozen people at various perching
> areas around the pond. With moderate weather forecast this week it may
> stick around. Yesterday it was reported most of the day around Willow Run
> Airport. It has also been seen this past week at gottfredson and Vreeland
> Road. I should have photos posted on Flickr sometime tomorrow.
> Patrick Jakel
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Date: 11/17/19 4:12 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2019) 818 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 116 3960 52168
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 1 15 93
Northern Harrier 6 71 336
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 238 4095
Cooper's Hawk 4 31 114
Northern Goshawk 1 1 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 111 503 698
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 554 3544 4402
Rough-legged Hawk 0 10 11
Golden Eagle 12 39 43
American Kestrel 0 4 702
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 52
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 818 8423 127120
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Raburn Howland,
Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
Johannes and Jerry J. came by to see us today. Jerry was lucky to be there
when we had a little rush of golden eagles.


Weather:
Transitional weather today, the NE winds and high barometer were gradually
replaced with changeable winds from the S or SE of variable strength as low
pressure moved in. The barometer dropped nearly two tenths through the day
and the sunny skies were replaced by clouds advancing on our position. As
the weather closed in the flight of raptors came to an abrupt halt.

Raptor Observations:
The buteos were still on the move in the morning hours. 554 red-tails and
111 red-shoulders were observed passing in small kettles in a manner
similar to yesterday's extraordinary day. Keeping them company were 116
turkey vultures. 13 sharp-shins and 4 Cooper's flew by and we had a goshawk
to complete the accipiter hat-trick. 6 Harriers rowed by. The eagles had
another big day with only 1 bald but 12 golden eagles. Hopefully we will
get more late movement as we are still behind last year's low number but
getting closer.

Non-raptor Observations:
We saw 9 sandhill cranes flying by today. A tree swallow perched close by
on a bench just to show they are not ready to leave yet. Bonaparte's gulls
are still working the lake nearby. Plenty of large gulls were seen blocking
the view.

Predictions:
Hmmm, light NE winds look good but the barometer will continue to fall,
although not by much. Winds will change during the day to a more easterly
direction. Hoping that the last two day's trend will continue as there does
seem to be a large, late movement of buteos and eagles. Should be a mix of
sun and cloud tomorrow during the watch hours helping us to track the
birds. Temps may see the forties again, woo-hoo!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


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Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/17/19 3:07 pm
From: 'pat j' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon continues
I just found out about the bird last night. I believe it has been around since early this past week. Not sure why no one has posted on Mich listers prior to this. There will be no  rare bird alert from eBird as it is considered a sensitive species. I know it has been posted on Mich lister's Facebook page but not everybody does social media. If I'm not mistaken it was first seen at gottfredson and Vreeland Road.

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On Sun, Nov 17, 2019 at 5:54 PM, Curt Hofer<curthofer...> wrote: Pat,
Thanks for taking the time to post information about this great bird to the list. Apparently no one else found it noteworthy enough to do so. 

Curt Hofer


On Nov 17, 2019, at 5:01 PM, 'pat j' via Birders <birders...> wrote:




The Gyrfalcon continues to be seen today at Grace Lake. It was seen between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. it flew to the north into the woods north of the main building. It was seen by more than a dozen people at various perching areas around the pond. With moderate weather forecast this week it may stick around. Yesterday it was reported most of the day around Willow Run Airport. It has also been seen this past week at gottfredson and Vreeland Road. I should have photos posted on Flickr sometime tomorrow.Patrick  Jakel 

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Date: 11/17/19 3:03 pm
From: marla andersen <gavimm9...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon continues
Thanks Pat for letting us know about this great find!!! I'm surprised we
weren't notified via Mich-listers before now.

On Sun, Nov 17, 2019, 5:54 PM Curt Hofer <curthofer...> wrote:

> Pat,
>
> Thanks for taking the time to post information about this great bird to
> the list. Apparently no one else found it noteworthy enough to do so.
>
> Curt Hofer
>
>
> On Nov 17, 2019, at 5:01 PM, 'pat j' via Birders <birders...>
> wrote:
>
> 
>
> The Gyrfalcon continues to be seen today at Grace Lake. It was seen
> between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. it flew to the north into the woods north of the
> main building. It was seen by more than a dozen people at various perching
> areas around the pond. With moderate weather forecast this week it may
> stick around. Yesterday it was reported most of the day around Willow Run
> Airport. It has also been seen this past week at gottfredson and Vreeland
> Road. I should have photos posted on Flickr sometime tomorrow.
> Patrick Jakel
>
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Date: 11/17/19 2:54 pm
From: Curt Hofer <curthofer...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Gyrfalcon continues
Pat,

Thanks for taking the time to post information about this great bird to the list. Apparently no one else found it noteworthy enough to do so.

Curt Hofer


> On Nov 17, 2019, at 5:01 PM, 'pat j' via Birders <birders...> wrote:
>
> 
>
> The Gyrfalcon continues to be seen today at Grace Lake. It was seen between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. it flew to the north into the woods north of the main building. It was seen by more than a dozen people at various perching areas around the pond. With moderate weather forecast this week it may stick around. Yesterday it was reported most of the day around Willow Run Airport. It has also been seen this past week at gottfredson and Vreeland Road. I should have photos posted on Flickr sometime tomorrow.
> Patrick Jakel
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Date: 11/17/19 2:50 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2019) 591 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 235 4920 54156
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 38 231
Northern Harrier 8 308 765
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 368 5336
Cooper's Hawk 5 62 299
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 48 574 789
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 279 3912 4730
Rough-legged Hawk 1 21 21
Golden Eagle 3 19 22
American Kestrel 0 21 1731
Merlin 0 10 117
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 58
Unknown Accipiter 1 3 8
Unknown Buteo 0 12 24
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 591 10284 94116
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers:

Visitors:
With such great weather today, many people were out in the park. Thank you
to Neil, June and Kevin, Tara and Sharron, Colleen and Chris, and Cameron
and Ella for their company and help spotting raptors today.


Weather:
Temperatures on the tower today were, dare I say it, pleasant! Very little
wind from the South-East and sunshine warmed up the air, so much so that
layers were shed quite quickly. Hoping for a few more days like this in the
next two weeks of counting.

Raptor Observations:
After yesterday's mega migration, I expected most raptors had gone through
yet I was pleasantly surprised by the number of Red-tailed Hawks that
migrated by, with 279 individuals. Among them you could also spot
Red-shouldered (48 total). The majority of raptors migrated North of the
tower, forcing the use of the scope for most of the day. One light
colouration Rough-legged Hawk flew by as well as three Golden Eagles.
Northern Harriers, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and Cooper's Hawks are still
coming, but in fewer numbers today.
Bald Eagles are still spending time on the frozen marsh, and today you
could spot at least 16 Eagles at any given time.

Non-raptor Observations:
Today's main highlight came from 4 Eastern Bluebirds who decided to spend
some time on the trees surrounding the tower, an absolutely wonderful
sight!
Other passerines included Horned Larks, Red-winged Blackbirds, Robins,
Goldfinches, and a House Sparrow.
A small flock of Sandhill Cranes flew by along with a few Tundra Swans.
Ducks are still very much present and with the thawing marsh, might coming
closer for a while. We were lucky to spot Hooded, Common, and Red-breasted
Mergansers along with Buffleheads and Goldeneyes.

Check our full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61535712

Predictions:
Tomorrow we are expecting another batch of North-Eastern winds in the
morning, potentially prompting another good day of migration, yet I promise
nothing!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/17/19 2:01 pm
From: 'pat j' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Gyrfalcon continues

The Gyrfalcon continues to be seen today at Grace Lake. It was seen between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. it flew to the north into the woods north of the main building. It was seen by more than a dozen people at various perching areas around the pond. With moderate weather forecast this week it may stick around. Yesterday it was reported most of the day around Willow Run Airport. It has also been seen this past week at gottfredson and Vreeland Road. I should have photos posted on Flickr sometime tomorrow.Patrick  Jakel 

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Date: 11/17/19 7:45 am
From: Chipperatl10 <chipperatl10...>
Subject: Re: [birders] David A. Sibley on Sunday Morning NOW
It is on YouTube already

https://youtu.be/5u_PTJTlFvg


Gordon Green

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> If you missed this segment, just go to CBS Sunday Morning website or their Facebook page later today and you can watch it on-demand.
>
>> On Sun, Nov 17, 2019 at 9:06 AM marla andersen <gavimm9...> wrote:
>> David A. Sibley and his fam ft. On CBS Sunday Morning right now.
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Date: 11/17/19 6:32 am
From: Ray Stocking <rstocking...>
Subject: Re: [birders] David A. Sibley on Sunday Morning NOW
If you missed this segment, just go to CBS Sunday Morning website
<https://www.cbsnews.com/sunday-morning/> or their Facebook page later
today and you can watch it on-demand.

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Date: 11/17/19 6:06 am
From: marla andersen <gavimm9...>
Subject: [birders] David A. Sibley on Sunday Morning NOW
David A. Sibley and his fam ft. On CBS Sunday Morning right now.

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Date: 11/16/19 4:55 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2019) 3069 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 247 4685 53921
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 38 231
Northern Harrier 32 300 757
Sharp-shinned Hawk 45 357 5325
Cooper's Hawk 18 57 294
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 299 526 741
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 2414 3633 4451
Rough-legged Hawk 6 20 20
Golden Eagle 3 16 19
American Kestrel 4 21 1731
Merlin 1 10 117
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 58
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 12 24
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 3069 9693 93525
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Dave Martin, Jeremy Bensette, Kory Renaud, Linda Wladarski,
Paul Pratt

Visitors:
Today would not have been possible without the help of many, and many did
flock to the tower!
Big thanks to Paul Pratt and his birding group who picked the best day to
come out! Additional thanks to Kory Renaud, Dave Martin and Linda
Wladarski, John Barnes, Leon Barlows, Jim McCoy, Neil, Noel Herdman, and
Jeremy Bensette.


Weather:
Well the North-West winds definitely played in our favour today! Winds blew
quite steadily all day and we had a great mix of sun and cloud for most of
the day, apart from a few hours of full cloud cover giving us poor
lighting.

Raptor Observations:
Many words could be used to describe today; and busy doesn't quite cut it,
so I'll settle for incredible. Today was incredible, as we had our biggest
migration of Red-tailed Hawk this year, with a daily total of 2,414
Red-tailed Hawks. This would put today in third place for most Red-tails
ever recorded in one day at HBMO! Coming in second place were the
Red-shouldered Hawks with 299 individuals and Turkey Vultures at 247.
Northern Harriers, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks also had a good
showing, and a few Kestrels and a Merlin made an appearance. Six
Rough-legged Hawks (light morphs) and three Golden Eagles also graced us
with their presence. What an insanely incredible day!!
Lastly, once again approximately 14 Bald Eagles could be seen hanging out
on the ice for most of the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
A huge movement of American Crows started the day, and was continuous until
the end of the day, where we had counted approximately 15,000 Crows.
Major highlights came from a few flocks of Sandhill Cranes (daily total of
130) flew over the tower, Horned Grebes and Surf Scoters were spotted on
the lake.
A few thousand ducks out on the marsh, all put up by Eagles throughout the
day.
More passerines migrated; Bluebirds, Red-winged Blackbirds, Rusty
Blackbirds, Robins, Goldfinches, Horned Larks, and Pitpits.

Check out the full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61505289


Predictions:
Not sure if anything will beat today, but the raptors sure can try!
However, winds are expected to blow from the East and switch over to the
South in the afternoon with a clear blue sky.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/16/19 3:55 pm
From: Laura Woolley <lewoolle...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Bluebirds Back!
Yes! That's exactly what we counted!
😃

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> I think we are sharing the same Bluebirds, neighbor They spent part of the day eating meal worms from my kitchen window sill and our platform feeder. We have 4 females and 1 male. Sound familiar?
> Juliet Berger
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>> 'Our' bluebirds have just returned and are feeding from our kitchen window feeder. Lots of mealworms for them. We haven't seen them since late last winter, early spring. So hoping they'll stick with us through the season.
>> Laura 😊
>> NW Ann Arbor
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Date: 11/16/19 2:49 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2019) 2393 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 348 3844 52052
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 14 92
Northern Harrier 8 65 330
Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 225 4082
Cooper's Hawk 3 27 110
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 144 392 587
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1858 2990 3848
Rough-legged Hawk 1 10 11
Golden Eagle 10 27 31
American Kestrel 0 4 702
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 52
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 2393 7605 126302
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
We had some hardy souls come out today. Will made the trip from A Squared.
Michelle and Bill came out to play. Deana also visited. Luckily there were
plenty of birds to see.


Weather:
Well, that's more like it! Rare NE winds with the barometer at a high for
the season of 30.5", what's not to like? We had sunshine for part of the
day which lifted our vitamin D levels if nothing else. Clouds did roll in
but dispersed late in the afternoon. Let's just say the wind in our face
was invigorating instead of chilling since the birds kept us warm.

Raptor Observations:
The red-tails were King for a day with 1858 birds coming early and often in
small kettles all day long. We were a little short on these birds so it was
nice to finally have a big day. Turkey vultures were a distant second with
348. Red-shoulders did their part to make it a special day with 144 birds
interspersed with the red-tails. Sharp-shins are still showing up with 21,
along with 3 Cooper's hawks. Only 1 rough-legged was spotted, can't help
but feel we left some on the table there. 8 harriers slid through. Helping
with our shortage of goldens this year, but not enough, were 10 golden
eagles, including one as the first bird of the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of waterfowl were up and about today. Many migrating strings of birds
and the hunters were out putting up the birds out on the lake. 5 sandhill
cranes were seen flying by. Plenty of crows in the morning hours, probably
in the thousands today, but we were too busy counting raptors to keep
track.

Predictions:
The barometer will be falling tomorrow but from a very high starting point.
Winds will be light and possibly variable staying from mostly a SE
direction. Cloud cover will be increasing, so back to the gloom. Hopefully
the winds are strong enough to fly on but not too strong to push the birds
to the north. It doesn't look as good as today on paper but one never bets
the mortgage on bird migration so we may get lucky.
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Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/16/19 12:45 pm
From: <juliet.berger...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Bluebirds Back!
I think we are sharing the same Bluebirds, neighbor They spent part of the day eating meal worms from my kitchen window sill and our platform feeder. We have 4 females and 1 male. Sound familiar?
Juliet Berger

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> 'Our' bluebirds have just returned and are feeding from our kitchen window feeder. Lots of mealworms for them. We haven't seen them since late last winter, early spring. So hoping they'll stick with us through the season.
> Laura 😊
> NW Ann Arbor
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Date: 11/16/19 11:45 am
From: Laura Woolley <lewoolle...>
Subject: [birders] Bluebirds Back!
'Our' bluebirds have just returned and are feeding from our kitchen window feeder. Lots of mealworms for them. We haven't seen them since late last winter, early spring. So hoping they'll stick with us through the season.
Laura 😊
NW Ann Arbor

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Date: 11/15/19 3:38 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2019) 164 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Turkey Vulture 98 4438 53674
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 1 38 231
Northern Harrier 21 268 725
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 312 5280
Cooper's Hawk 3 39 276
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 5 227 442
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 28 1219 2037
Rough-legged Hawk 1 14 14
Golden Eagle 1 13 16
American Kestrel 0 17 1727
Merlin 1 9 116
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 58
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 12 24
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 164 6624 90456
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Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Dave Martin, Linda Wladarski

Visitors:
Thank you Noel and Juliette, Dave and Linda, and Neil and Anne for their
visit and their help on the tower today.
Additional thank you to Chip and Owen for bringing up an absolutely
stunning adult Red-shouldered Hawk to the released from the tower!


Weather:
Yet another cold day on the tower with the humidity really worsening the
chill. Not an easy day on the eyes with a full cloud cover creating bad
lighting for identification and poor visibility all around. Winds from the
South-West drove the majority of the raptors North of the marsh, forcing me
to have my eyes glued to the scope.

Raptor Observations:
Not a bad day overall, with the usual raptors migrating past. Turkey
Vultures (98) and Red-tailed Hawks (28) are still leading the charge with
most migrants, followed closely by Northern Harriers (21). Other species
such as the Red-shouldered Hawks, Sharp-shinned, and Cooper's Hawks are
still moving past but in much smaller numbers today. Glad to count a
Merlin, an adult Golden Eagle and a light morph Rough-legged Hawk as well.

Lastly, today you could count 14 Bald Eagles hanging out on the frozen
marsh throughout the day, often putting up the ducks and fighting over some
food.

Non-raptor Observations:
Still counting many ducks out on the marsh, mostly Mallards. With big
portions of the marsh frozen, ducks are clustered in small pockets of water
and only when they fly off, say because an Eagle spooked them, can you
really tell how many there are out there.
Spotted a Yellow-rumped Warbler, two Great Egrets and many Tundra Swans
flying over.
Notable omission today were Red-winged Blackbirds.

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Predictions:
Tomorrow we are expecting some North-Eastern winds, which could potentially
bring raptors closer to the tower. Yet, raptors have a migrating mind of
their own, no promises! Hoping for a good flight of buteos, Northern
Harriers, and a few more Golden Eagles as they are quite low in number this
year.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/15/19 3:02 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2019) 95 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 32 3496 51704
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 3 14 92
Northern Harrier 7 57 322
Sharp-shinned Hawk 10 204 4061
Cooper's Hawk 1 24 107
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 5 248 443
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 30 1132 1990
Rough-legged Hawk 3 9 10
Golden Eagle 4 17 21
American Kestrel 0 4 702
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 52
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 95 5212 123909
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, John Elliot

Visitors:
Cupboard was bare today.


Weather:
What light in yonder window breaks? er...never mind. We had a few minutes
where we saw the golden orb this morning only to be socked in by the
suffocating blanket of a solid cloud deck that looked like light fog at
times. Barometer stayed steady in the high zone. Winds seemed to be SW but
were difficult to judge at our site. The snow seems to be getting wetter
and shrinking in depth so the temps are above freezing but not by much.

Raptor Observations:
Another day of interesting diversity but diminishing returns as we reached
the later afternoon hours. 32 turkey vultures came by mostly in one group
and led the quantity contest. Red-tails were a close second with 30, again
in many different forms of plumage. 5 red-shoulders joined them in the
buteo category along with 3 rough-legged hawks, all light morphs. 10
sharpies, (good ole reliable sharpies), flew across with 1 Cooper's hawk
joining them in the accipiter class. Eagles were on the move with 3 bald
eagles and 4, count them, 4 golden eagles. We haven't had a big golden day
and our totals are way off this year so it is good to get multiples on any
given day. 7 harriers went loping by with 3 gray ghosts in that number.


Non-raptor Observations:
Plenty of waterfowl and swans are on the move filling the sky at times with
nervous flight energy. The channel buoys were removed today and the
Bonaparte's and ring-billed were feasting on the fish churned up by the
wheel on the tug. An eastern phoebe paid us a visit today in our little
denuded maple tree. Hooded mergansers continue to occupy the slip to our
left although out of reach of the camera. Tree swallows are still working
the lake.

Predictions:
Be still my beating heart. NE winds with a high barometer and sunny skies?
Could we hope for more? We have a chance of a good day tomorrow if the
forecast holds. Some of the important details have a habit of changing from
day to day so let's hope they got it right this time.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/14/19 5:29 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2019) 105 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 14 3464 51672
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 11 89
Northern Harrier 12 50 315
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 194 4051
Cooper's Hawk 1 23 106
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 12 243 438
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 52 1102 1960
Rough-legged Hawk 1 6 7
Golden Eagle 1 13 17
American Kestrel 0 4 702
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 6 52
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 105 5117 123814
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Raburn Howland, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
We had one nice couple from Taylor today. Not the most hospitable day
weather wise but we did get to show a sharpie passing over.


Weather:
Another day that tested the resolve of those that choose to count hawks in
November. The skies retained their variations on the gray theme although
there was a very faint hint of blue as the clouds thinned during the early
afternoon hours. This was short lived as the clouds seemed to thicken again
and the air seemed more chilled. Winds were steady from WSW and thankfully
stayed below double digits allowing some birds to reach us today. The
barometer stayed steady at 30.2"

Raptor Observations:
An interesting day with some diversity, although not staggering numbers. 14
turkey vultures tripped the light fantastic. Number one on the list was 52
red-tailed hawks in many different plumages. Three species shared the
number 12, red-shoulders, harriers and sharp-shins. The gray ghosts seemed
to be on the move today. Coming in tied at 1 apiece were a light morph
rough-legged hawk, a Cooper's hawk, and a golden eagle.

Non-raptor Observations:
Common loons were observed out on the lake bobbing for shad. Bonaparte's
are still fishing for minnows in their delicate way. A few tree swallows
are still here but they were back to working the water instead of the snow
today. Ducks and swans are still taking flights around the area.

Predictions:
Another day that starts with WSW winds backing around to W later on. Winds
should be below double digits again. Barometer should be relatively stable
in a high normal pressure. Some sun should finally come out and the temps
should eke out a position above freezing, but not by much, and by not
enough for those foolish to sit outside all day. Could be a day much like
today with erratic flights and some downtimes. I think there are plenty of
birds out there but getting them close is another matter.
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Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/14/19 2:43 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2019) 138 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 10 4340 53576
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 1 37 230
Northern Harrier 47 247 704
Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 307 5275
Cooper's Hawk 1 36 273
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 9 222 437
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 49 1191 2009
Rough-legged Hawk 4 13 13
Golden Eagle 1 12 15
American Kestrel 0 17 1727
Merlin 2 8 115
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 58
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 1 12 24
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 138 6460 90292
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Observation start time: 07:30:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Dave Martin, Linda Wladarski

Visitors:
Big thank you to Dave Martin, Linda Wladarski, and Noel Herdman for their
visit, their help during the two busy hours, and for the snacks!
Additional thank you Michelle Mastellotto for her lovely visit and for the
coffee!


Weather:
Gloomy looking day with a full cloud cover which gave difficult lighting
for bird identification. Temperatures were warmer today, but it did not
feel like it on the tower. The humidity and South-Western winds brought a
chill all the done to the bone.

Raptor Observations:
Really slow morning, making me doubt that the day would be any good...I was
quickly proven wrong my mid-morning! Throughout the day, we had steady
stream of Northern Harriers, half being Grey Ghosts, which ended the day at
47 Harriers!
Red-tailed Hawks also had a good show with 49 individuals. Major highlights
included a Golden Eagle around noon and 4 Rough-legged Hawks, all light
morphs! Throughout the entire day approximately 8 Bald Eagles (juveniles
and adults) could be spotted standing on the frozen marsh, often squabbling
amongst themselves and putting up the ducks.

Non-raptor Observations:
The usual crowd on the marsh today, but some ducks are dwindling in
numbers, and some are simply too far to identify, even with a scope.
Gulls are still very much present on the marsh, with a good mixtures of
Ring-billed and Bonaparte's.
At the base of the tower you could spot Golden and Ruby-Crowned Kinglets,
American Tree Sparrows, Swamp and Song Sparrows.
Lastly, main highlights included a few more Tree Swallows, a Brown Creeper,
and a Great Egret.

Check out our full eBird check list here:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S61452163

Predictions:
Tomorrow should start cooler but with some sunshine which could warm up the
air. The winds are expected to blow from the South-West in the morning and
shift to the West in the afternoon. Hoping for another day like today, with
diversity and excitement!
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Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/13/19 8:32 pm
From: Patricia Burden <tallerpat526...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Dead Mourning Doves
According to the BWAS member, there was no sign of Avian Pox and no
other signs of disease or trauma. I have passed along information that
Lisa sent me regarding reporting sick or dead birds.

Pat Burden
Melvin & Yale, MI
On Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 4:43 PM P. swanson <jumpthroughhoops...> wrote:
>
> How sad. I had only one here yesterday. Let us know if it was Avian Pox. I will stop feeding.
> Penny
>
> > On Nov 13, 2019, at 3:48 PM, Patricia Burden <tallerpat526...> wrote:
> >
> > Hello all,
> > One of our Blue Water Auduboners went out to fill her feeders and
> > found 7 dead or near dead Mourning Doves. They did not fly into
> > anything. She thought it was the cold, but we see Mourning Doves all
> > winter, so I would think they are fairly winter hardy. I asked her
> > about possible Avian Pox symptoms in sight; I have not heard back
> > about that yet. I thought possible poisoning.
> > Pat Burden
> > Melvin & Yale, MI
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Date: 11/13/19 4:15 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (13 Nov 2019) 105 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 51 3450 51658
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 1 11 89
Northern Harrier 8 38 303
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 182 4039
Cooper's Hawk 0 22 105
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 231 426
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 37 1050 1908
Rough-legged Hawk 0 5 6
Golden Eagle 0 12 16
American Kestrel 0 4 702
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 1 6 52
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 105 5012 123709
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Alex Gilford, Andrew Sturgess, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
We had a visitor from Gibraltar today. Always good to catch up on the
stories from the islands that we look at all day. Thanks for the fruit.


Weather:
A Philip Glass kind of day today, minimalist and somber. Heavy low gray
clouds moved gradually off the steaming lake; the stored heat of summer
being given up to the frigid air. Winds from the SW, which would normally
bring us warmer air, failed to do so. The sky finally settled on an even,
dull gray with a low deck permitting little light to pass through. The high
barometer reading belied the dreary scene in front of us. The distant birds
shimmered in the thermal distortion.

Raptor Observations:
A day of fits and starts with long periods of little activity and then
small flurries of movement. Turkey vultures took the top prize with a
meager 51 birds. Red-tails took the second step on the podium with 37.
Harriers took the final podium spot with 8 birds. 7 sharpies fought their
way against the opposing wind. 1 bald eagle was counted. 1 peregrine was
observed and later in its flight was seen dropping a previous catch.

Non-raptor Observations:
The tree swallows continue to entertain, today they took a special interest
in the snow behind us; flying low and picking up unknown food from the
surface. A rusty blackbird and a couple of American pipits were seen
joining the swallows gleaning the snow surface. Tundra swans continue to
fly. Crows continue to move but in lesser numbers. Hooded mergansers seem
to have taken up residence by the lotus plants at the end of the slip
occasionally racing by us. The Bonaparte's gulls joined some of the
ring-billed gulls riding the storm out in the waves in front of us. A great
black-backed gull was seen flying across the slip from us.

Predictions:
The temperature is forecast to rise above freezing tomorrow...by one
degree. Well, that's a start. The wind looks to be consistent at less than
ten miles per hour but from a poor direction for us, out of the SW. Perhaps
the lower strength will let some birds through. Tomorrow should be a piece
of cake with the balmy temps and a little more sun promised for the
afternoon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/13/19 3:19 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (13 Nov 2019) 108 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 61 4330 53566
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 3 36 229
Northern Harrier 16 200 657
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 294 5262
Cooper's Hawk 0 35 272
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 213 428
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 22 1142 1960
Rough-legged Hawk 2 9 9
Golden Eagle 0 11 14
American Kestrel 0 17 1727
Merlin 1 6 113
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 58
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 11 23
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 108 6322 90154
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers:

Visitors:
No visitors to day, but the stairs on the tower have been plowed for
whoever wants to visit!


Weather:
Cold start with a slow and gradual warm up throughout the day. Winds were
blowing gently from the South-West all day which brought along a full cloud
cover by mid-morning.

Raptor Observations:
A relatively slow day, until Turkey Vultures came in to increase our daily
total by 61 birds. Red-tail Hawks were also flying far North of the marsh.
Only a few Sharp-shinned Hawks and a Red-shouldered Hawk made and
appearance. Of the 16 Northern Harriers that flew by, 9 were Grey Ghosts
males, always a pleasure to see them fly. Lastly, the rarities of the day
were a Merlin zipping across the marsh and two light morph Rough-legged
Hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
Today was all about the gulls! Ring-billed and Bonaparte's Gulls invaded
the marsh and clouds of hundreds of white birds could be seen feeding over
the marsh.
Not many passerines migrating, but I was entertained by three American
Pipits jumping about on the frozen pond by the tower.
A few unexpected species included a Tree Swallow, a Great Egret and an
Eastern Phoebe.
Hooded Merganser and Bufflehead abundance is increasing on the marsh, as
other species are pushed further out to open patches of water.

Check out the full ebird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61429223

Predictions:
Tomorrow's winds will be South-Western, but the temperature is supposed to
rise and reach 0 degrees Celsius by mid-afternoon with some sunshine. Still
waiting on a few more Golden Eagles to come through, and always more
Harriers.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/13/19 1:43 pm
From: 'P. swanson' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Dead Mourning Doves
How sad. I had only one here yesterday. Let us know if it was Avian Pox. I will stop feeding.
Penny

> On Nov 13, 2019, at 3:48 PM, Patricia Burden <tallerpat526...> wrote:
>
> Hello all,
> One of our Blue Water Auduboners went out to fill her feeders and
> found 7 dead or near dead Mourning Doves. They did not fly into
> anything. She thought it was the cold, but we see Mourning Doves all
> winter, so I would think they are fairly winter hardy. I asked her
> about possible Avian Pox symptoms in sight; I have not heard back
> about that yet. I thought possible poisoning.
> Pat Burden
> Melvin & Yale, MI
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Date: 11/13/19 12:48 pm
From: Patricia Burden <tallerpat526...>
Subject: [birders] Dead Mourning Doves
Hello all,
One of our Blue Water Auduboners went out to fill her feeders and
found 7 dead or near dead Mourning Doves. They did not fly into
anything. She thought it was the cold, but we see Mourning Doves all
winter, so I would think they are fairly winter hardy. I asked her
about possible Avian Pox symptoms in sight; I have not heard back
about that yet. I thought possible poisoning.
Pat Burden
Melvin & Yale, MI

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Date: 11/12/19 4:01 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2019) 455 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 173 4269 53505
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 33 226
Northern Harrier 36 184 641
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 292 5260
Cooper's Hawk 2 35 272
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 58 212 427
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 171 1120 1938
Rough-legged Hawk 1 7 7
Golden Eagle 0 11 14
American Kestrel 0 17 1727
Merlin 1 5 112
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 58
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 1 11 23
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 455 6214 90046
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers:

Visitors:
Thank you to Noel and Juliette for their lovely visit today! They came at
just the right time to spot many Red-tail Hawks with me.
Additional thank you to Tim Jarrold who brought up the most gorgeous dark
Red-tailed Hawk. Let's keep'em coming!


Weather:
Hello winter! Yesterday's snow completely changed the marsh, making it look
frosty and fabulous! Good amount of snow on the tower which made the stair
quite slippery, but it should be cleared by tomorrow.
Temperatures today were quite cold, around -6 degrees Celsius most of the
day and the wind blowing from the North-West at approximately 20-30 km/h.
Thankfully, the sun was out most of the day to warm the air. Clear blue
skies in part of the afternoon, causing the raptors to fly very high.

Raptor Observations:
Another very successful day! Morning started quite typically with many
Northern Harriers (16 in the first hour!), and ended with a daily total of
36 Harriers. Turkey Vultures and Red-tailed Hawks were neck and neck for
most numerous species today, with the Turkey Vultures coming in first by 2
birds (173 total). An admirable day for the Red-tailed Hawk nonetheless.
Among the Red-tailed, you could always spot a Red-shoulder or two, ending
their daily total with 58 individuals. Other highlights included a Merlin
and a textbook light morph Rough-legged Hawk, flying high and so beautiful
against the clear blue sky.

Non-raptor Observations:
Still many species migrating over the tower, including Tundra Swans,
American Crows, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Starlings.
Passerines included Eastern Bluebirds, Goldfinches, and Horned Larks. A
lone Tree Swallow flew by the tower, and three American Pipits could be
seen walking on the frozen pond for most of the day.
Parts of the marsh are covered by a thin sheet of ice which was enough to
push all the ducks quite far at the other end of the marsh, making it
difficult even with a scope to spot and identify them. However, there are
still hundreds of ducks out there and some species are easier to identify,
such as Buffleheads and Hooded Mergansers.

Check out the full ebird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61403671


Predictions:
Cold start to the day tomorrow, but should warm up slightly throughout the
day. Unfortunately looks like the wind will be shifting back towards the
South for the next little bit. Hoping for more and more Harriers and a
couple of Golden Eagles.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/12/19 3:42 pm
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3...>
Subject: Re: [birders] snow brings fox sparrow
The snow brought a Rusty Blackbird to me. Although I see them annually FROM
my yard in the riverine woodland visible from my front porch, this one was
IN the yard, flipping over Catalpa leaves that were sticking out of the
snow.

Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
Email: <amazilia3...>
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Blog: http://mihummingbirdguy.blogspot.com/




On Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 3:01 PM Susan MIller <smiller179...> wrote:

> Very nice fox sparrow among some white-throated sparrows and juncos under
> the feeder.
>
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> Ann Arbor
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Date: 11/12/19 3:32 pm
From: Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...>
Subject: Re: [birders] snow brings fox sparrow
I can just picture it! Thanks for the report, Susan.
Juliet Berger

On Tue, Nov 12, 2019 at 3:01 PM Susan MIller <smiller179...> wrote:

> Very nice fox sparrow among some white-throated sparrows and juncos under
> the feeder.
>
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Date: 11/12/19 2:18 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2019) 278 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 100 3399 51607
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 1 10 88
Northern Harrier 9 30 295
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 175 4032
Cooper's Hawk 0 22 105
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 31 231 426
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 129 1013 1871
Rough-legged Hawk 0 5 6
Golden Eagle 0 12 16
American Kestrel 0 4 702
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 51
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 278 4907 123604
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
One brave visitor came today. Johannes braved I-94 and the weather but
unfortunately his thermal armour was found wanting in relatively short
order.


Weather:
As Super Chicken used to remind Fred the Friendly Lion, "You knew the job
was dangerous when you took it." Winter payed us an visit yesterday and the
cold temperatures (20's F) and snow stuck around today. NW winds cleared
the sky early in the day and probed for any chinks in our thermal armour.
The clear bright blue sky began to fill with cumulus clouds in the
afternoon changing the look of the birds as they were more frequently in
shaded areas under clouds. Barometer stayed at 30.3" for most of the day.

Raptor Observations:
The northerly winds suited the raptors today and they responded by moving.
100 turkey vultures came in small groups but their numbers were surpassed
by the red-tailed hawks totaling 129. Red-shoulders numbered 31. Perhaps we
might have had more of the buteos but the wind was a little too fresh and
persistent. 9 harriers flew by today along with 8 sharp-shins. 1 bald eagle
was seen high overhead heading to warmer climes.

Non-raptor Observations:
The brisk arctic air seemed to encourage the ducks and swans to take to the
skies in small units today. Another type of avian flack that we don't
normally encounter. Some horned larks were seen moving by in small flocks.
One sandhill crane was observed. Our "gull-friend", the injured herring
gull that has adopted us was seen flying to the middle of the slip today.
It's primary flight feathers seem to be growing back to some degree.

Predictions:
Another cold day in the trenches tomorrow. Not as promising as today was as
the winds will switch back to SW and increase during the day. The good
thing is that the watchers are generally sheltered from this wind but the
bad thing is the wind is not favorable to our site. It shouldn't be too
strong though so perhaps the buteo flight will continue to some degree.
Barometer will peak midday and then fall but not drastically.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/12/19 12:01 pm
From: Susan MIller <smiller179...>
Subject: [birders] snow brings fox sparrow
Very nice fox sparrow among some white-throated sparrows and juncos under the feeder.

Susan Miller
Ann Arbor

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Date: 11/12/19 5:54 am
From: Phil Bugosh <peb729...>
Subject: [birders] Reminders: OAS Program Tonight Nov 12, Field Trip Wednesday Nov 13, Stony Creek Metropark
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7:00 pm. Join us for the Oakland Audubon
Society's monthly meeting and a program titled "Woodpeckers of Michigan"
presented by Nancy Kautz. We will take a look at the nine species of
woodpeckers found in Michigan. Everyone is welcome to attend this free
program. Refreshments will be served. Meetings are held at the First United
Methodist Church, 1589 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI 48009. Enter the
building from the rear main entrance. Please note our meeting room is now
the Children's Room #132.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 8:00am-12:00pm. Stony Creek Metropark.
Leader: Dan Gertiser (<dangertiser...>)
4300 Main Park Dr., Shelby Charter Twp, MI 48316 (off 26 Mile Rd.) Meet at
8 AM at the parking lot at Eastwood Beach.
You do not have to be a member to participate.

Please see our website (http://www.oaklandaudubon.org) for details about
upcoming field trips, meetings, programs and the Young Birder's Club.
Additional field trips are being added so check the website or facebook
often. Everyone is welcome.

Thank you,
Phil Bugosh
Oakland Audubon Society

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Date: 11/12/19 3:26 am
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (11 Nov 2019) Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 11, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 3299 51507
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 9 87
Northern Harrier 0 21 286
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 167 4024
Cooper's Hawk 0 22 105
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 200 395
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 884 1742
Rough-legged Hawk 0 5 6
Golden Eagle 0 12 16
American Kestrel 0 4 702
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 51
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 4629 123326
----------------------------------------------------------------------

(No count conducted today)



Weather:
Into each life a little rain must fall. Sometimes it undergoes a change of
state and becomes snow, such is life today. Not whiteout conditions here,
but steady persistent snow. Once again we are singing the Polar Vortex
blues.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Tomorrow looks good on paper with northerly winds and plenty of it.
Sometimes that works against us if the winds are too strong, we shall see.
Supposed to be clear skies but frigid temps in the 20's and a fresh NNW
wind providing windchill will test us all. Surprisingly, the barometer is
still above thirty through all of this unseasonal weather.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jerry Jourdan (<jerry.jourdan...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/11/19 2:30 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (11 Nov 2019) 28 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 11, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 0 4096 53332
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 33 226
Northern Harrier 20 148 605
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 280 5248
Cooper's Hawk 0 33 270
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 154 369
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 3 949 1767
Rough-legged Hawk 1 6 6
Golden Eagle 0 11 14
American Kestrel 0 17 1727
Merlin 0 4 111
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 58
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 0 10 22
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 3 7
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 28 5759 89591
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers:

Visitors:
Only one visitor to the tower today, thanks Tim Jarrold for your great
company in the last little bit of the count.


Weather:
To put it simply, today was not very pleasant on the tower. Snow and heavy
Northern winds gave us practically whiteout conditions, with poor
visibility over the marsh. Temperatures hovered around 0 degCel which made
heavy and wet snow, perfect for sticking to my glasses and making a
snowman.

Raptor Observations:
I took a chance by coming to the tower today, only expecting to see a few
birds, but I was proven wrong with 28 raptors! The most numerous were
Northern Harriers (20) with a few being males. There is something quite
spectacular about seeing a gray ghost flying over the tower in a snow
storm.
I also counted a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a Red-shouldered Hawk, 3 Red-tailed
Hawks, and a Rough-legged Hawk.

Non-raptor Observations:
To my surprise, many other birds were on the move today, mostly Red-winged
Blackbirds and Starlings.
I also counted a Killdeer, a Bluebird, a few Horned Larks, Goldfinches,
Dark-eyed Juncos, and to my delight a Yellow-rumped Warbler jumping on the
vegetation in the pond by the tower.
Ducks are still present on the marsh, however with the poor visibility, it
was difficult to tell how many were out there.
Check out our full ebird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61372771

In non-bird news: we now have a portable washroom by the tower!!

Predictions:
Still expecting a little bit of snow tomorrow in the morning, but it should
clear by early afternoon. The wind will be staying North-West all day and
the temperatures will drop to -5 degrees Celsius. Hoping for more Northern
Harriers and a few buteos.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/11/19 7:09 am
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Help with id
Jochen,

I'm glad you weighed in on this. Willow Warbler, Wood Warbler, and
Chiffchaff (and others) look a lot like Tennessee Warbler to me. What
character(s) in particular tell you that this is not an Old World warbler?
With an early "Siberian Express" weather system moving into our area this
week, it doesn't hurt to keep an eye out for unexpected species. Brambling
anyone? :-)

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On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 10:03 AM jochen roeder <joroeder...> wrote:

> Heart-felt greetings from Europe! That bird does not look like one of
> "our" old world Phylloscopus warblers, so I guess Tennessee is it then.
>
> Cheers!
> Jochen
>
> Am Montag, 11. November 2019, 15:43:02 MEZ hat Allen Chartier <
> <amazilia3...> Folgendes geschrieben:
>
>
> Korie,
>
> It looks like a Tennessee Warbler. It would be helpful to see the color of
> the undertail coverts to confirm Tennessee (white) vs. Orange-crowned
> (yellow). Also, there are several Eurasian species of warbler (not related
> to ours) that look like this, but would not normally be expected in the
> middle of the U.S., but more often on the Aleutians in migration.
>
> Allen T. Chartier
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> Email: <amazilia3...>
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>
>
>
>
> On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 9:03 AM Korie Blyveis <korie.blyveis...>
> wrote:
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>
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Date: 11/11/19 7:07 am
From: Juliet Berger <juliet.berger...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Help with id
Orange-crowned Warbler would be the expected species given that it's late
in the year and that Orange-crowned Warblers have a habit of visiting suet
feeders.
However, without the undertail coverts color, we can't be sure it isn't a
Tennessee Warbler, as Allen suggests.
They are very similar in appearance, in the fall.

Juliet Berger


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> Korie,
>
> It looks like a Tennessee Warbler. It would be helpful to see the color of
> the undertail coverts to confirm Tennessee (white) vs. Orange-crowned
> (yellow). Also, there are several Eurasian species of warbler (not related
> to ours) that look like this, but would not normally be expected in the
> middle of the U.S., but more often on the Aleutians in migration.
>
> Allen T. Chartier
> Inkster, Michigan
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>
>
>
>
> On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 9:03 AM Korie Blyveis <korie.blyveis...>
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>>
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Date: 11/11/19 7:04 am
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Help with id
Yes, the white undertail coverts eliminate Orange-crowned. I am guessing
that the snow is what drove
this bird to your feeders. Orane-crowned, and sometimes Tennessee and
Nashville warblers, linger into
November in southern Michigan. Less often, Cape May, Pine, and
Yellow-throated Warblers stay later too

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On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 9:59 AM Korie Blyveis <korie.blyveis...>
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> Thanks- I was surprised to see a warbler here in Three Rivers, MI in the
> snow.
> Here’s another picture I didn’t send earlier I think helps confirm
> Tennessee
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 11, 2019, at 9:42 AM, Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> wrote:
>
> 
> Korie,
>
> It looks like a Tennessee Warbler. It would be helpful to see the color of
> the undertail coverts to confirm Tennessee (white) vs. Orange-crowned
> (yellow). Also, there are several Eurasian species of warbler (not related
> to ours) that look like this, but would not normally be expected in the
> middle of the U.S., but more often on the Aleutians in migration.
>
> Allen T. Chartier
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>
>
>
>
> On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 9:03 AM Korie Blyveis <korie.blyveis...>
> wrote:
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Date: 11/11/19 7:03 am
From: 'jochen roeder' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Help with id
Heart-felt greetings from Europe! That bird does not look like one of "our" old world Phylloscopus warblers, so I guess Tennessee is it then.

Cheers!
Jochen

Am Montag, 11. November 2019, 15:43:02 MEZ hat Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> Folgendes geschrieben:

Korie,
It looks like a Tennessee Warbler. It would be helpful to see the color of the undertail coverts to confirm Tennessee (white) vs. Orange-crowned (yellow). Also, there are several Eurasian species of warbler (not related to ours) that look like this, but would not normally be expected in the middle of the U.S., but more often on the Aleutians in migration.

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Date: 11/11/19 6:59 am
From: Korie Blyveis <korie.blyveis...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Help with id
Thanks- I was surprised to see a warbler here in Three Rivers, MI in the snow.
Here’s another picture I didn’t send earlier I think helps confirm Tennessee


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> On Nov 11, 2019, at 9:42 AM, Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> wrote:
>
> 
> Korie,
>
> It looks like a Tennessee Warbler. It would be helpful to see the color of the undertail coverts to confirm Tennessee (white) vs. Orange-crowned (yellow). Also, there are several Eurasian species of warbler (not related to ours) that look like this, but would not normally be expected in the middle of the U.S., but more often on the Aleutians in migration.
>
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>
>
>
>> On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 9:03 AM Korie Blyveis <korie.blyveis...> wrote:
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Date: 11/11/19 6:43 am
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Help with id
Korie,

It looks like a Tennessee Warbler. It would be helpful to see the color of
the undertail coverts to confirm Tennessee (white) vs. Orange-crowned
(yellow). Also, there are several Eurasian species of warbler (not related
to ours) that look like this, but would not normally be expected in the
middle of the U.S., but more often on the Aleutians in migration.

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Date: 11/11/19 6:03 am
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Subject: [birders] Help with id

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Date: 11/10/19 5:35 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (10 Nov 2019) 176 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 10, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 108 4096 53332
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 33 226
Northern Harrier 9 128 585
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 279 5247
Cooper's Hawk 0 33 270
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 5 153 368
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 38 946 1764
Rough-legged Hawk 2 5 5
Golden Eagle 2 11 14
American Kestrel 0 17 1727
Merlin 0 4 111
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 58
Unknown Accipiter 0 2 7
Unknown Buteo 8 10 22
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 176 5731 89563
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Cindy Isenhoff

Observers:

Visitors:
Very few souls braved the weather today. Gina and Josie from the area were
hiking and stopped in this morning for a quick look around. Monique and
Nico from London ON were also out for a nice walk and came up for a quick
visit. During the last hour a total of 5 local area visitors came by.


Weather:
A pretty gloomy day with SW winds all day kept the birds mainly to the
north side of the marsh. Temperatures started out at 6.3C and rose to
8.9C. The day was hazy from the beginning and about 2:10pm a steady
drizzle started that appeared to have no end in sight so the count was
called for the day.

Raptor Observations:
8 Species today, with Falcons completely absent. The resident Bald Eagles
were visible the entire day, stirring up the ducks in the marsh every hour
on the hour. Highlight of the count were the 2 Rough-legged Hawks and the
2 Sub-adult Golden Eagles late in the 1 o'clock hour. One eagle and one
rough-legged hawk actually came across the center of the marsh for nice
looks. Unfortunately no visitors were on the tour at this time.

Non-raptor Observations:
The marsh continues to be full of ducks, swans and some geese. Song birds
were hard to find today, with very few being noted. Small number of
Blackbirds, and American Crows are still migrating through. Complete list
of birds at: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61348773


Predictions:
Sounds like snow is in the forecast, along with Northerly winds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Cindy Isenhoff (<akahawklady1...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=100


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Date: 11/10/19 1:55 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (10 Nov 2019) 324 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 10, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 105 3299 51507
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 9 87
Northern Harrier 2 21 286
Sharp-shinned Hawk 22 167 4024
Cooper's Hawk 14 22 105
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 65 200 395
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 112 884 1742
Rough-legged Hawk 2 5 6
Golden Eagle 1 12 16
American Kestrel 1 4 702
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 51
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 324 4629 123326
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Raburn Howland,
Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
We had some visitors today, Some regulars like Bill and Michelle and some
casual visitors that were lucky to see a few birds flying low over the
site. Always a pleasure when those that do not have binoculars can see the
birds naked eye and believe that we are not pulling their leg.


Weather:
A day that started with overcast skies grew progressively darker through
the early afternoon hours until the threatening look turned into reality
with light rain shortening our day. The winds stated WSW and moved around
the compass to what looked like NW at end of day. The barometer, despite
the ugly look and close proximity of the leaden overcast sky was very
stable at 30". A book that could not be judged by its cover indeed.

Raptor Observations:
A relatively slow start to the day actually turned out to have a lot of
buteos on the move arriving in groups of nearly double digits at times. The
turkey vultures could not even top the list today with 105 birds. The
red-tails took the crown with 112, well done buteo jamaicensis!
Red-shoulders came in with very respectable 65 souls. Our buteo list was
completed with 2 rough-legged hawks of the light morph persuasion. The
sharp-shins are still the most reliable bird throughout the season coming
in with 22 birds and the Cooper's hawks made a strong move with 14 birds. 1
kestrel and 2 harriers were noted and last, but certainly not least,
another golden eagle was notched on the belt.

Non-raptor Observations:
A slow day in the (Other) department as it was very cloudy and dark day. It
was not the best day for observing birds under those conditions but we
soldiered on.

Predictions:
Well, the barometer looks good and the wind is from the north but....and
this is a big but, we have a winter weather advisory and, depending on
which forecast you believe, 3-5 inches of the white stuff is expected. I am
predicting snow geese and snow buntings tomorrow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/10/19 10:20 am
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3...>
Subject: [birders] October and November bird banding highlights
Birders and banders,

I have posted photos and highlights of our bird banding efforts at Lake St.
Clair Metropark, Macomb Co., Michigan, during October and early November
this fall, to my blog.

Access my blog here:

Blog: http://mihummingbirdguy.blogspot.com/

A direct link to the banding highlights is here:

http://mihummingbirdguy.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
Email: <amazilia3...>
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mihummingbirdguy/collections/
Website: www.amazilia.net
Blog: http://mihummingbirdguy.blogspot.com/

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Date: 11/10/19 5:48 am
From: Phil Bugosh <peb729...>
Subject: [birders] Oakland Audubon Society Meeting/Program Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 PM - Everyone is invited
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7:00 pm. Join us for the Oakland Audubon
Society's monthly meeting and a program titled "Woodpeckers of Michigan"
presented by Nancy Kautz. Woodpeckers are truly fascinating birds. To find
a mate and claim territory, they use rapid drumming as an alternative to
birdsong. Their ability to excavate wood for food, shelter, and nesting is
also quite unique in the bird world. We will take a look at the nine
species of woodpeckers found in Michigan, and the amazing adaptations that
help set them apart. Everyone is welcome to attend this free program.
Refreshments will be served.

Meetings are held at the First United Methodist Church, 1589 West Maple
Road, Birmingham, MI 48009. Enter the building from the rear main entrance.
Please note our meeting room is now the Children's Room #132.

Please see our website (http://www.oaklandaudubon.org) for details about
upcoming field trips, meetings, programs and the Young Birder's Club.
Additional field trips are being added so check the website or facebook
often. You do not have to be a member to participate. Everyone is welcome.

Thank you,
Phil Bugosh

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Date: 11/9/19 4:06 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (09 Nov 2019) 360 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 09, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 218 3988 53224
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 33 226
Northern Harrier 9 119 576
Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 275 5243
Cooper's Hawk 3 33 270
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 148 363
Broad-winged Hawk 0 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 105 908 1726
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 3
Golden Eagle 1 9 12
American Kestrel 1 17 1727
Merlin 0 4 111
Peregrine Falcon 0 7 58
Unknown Accipiter 2 2 7
Unknown Buteo 1 2 14
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 1 5
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 360 5555 89387
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00
Observation end time: 15:30:00
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter: Jeremy Hatt

Observers:

Visitors:
Thank you to Noel Herdman for visiting the tower, not once but twice today!

Additional thank you to Doug Miller for a quick visit to the tower.


Weather:
Strong winds from the South-West today, thankfully we are quite sheltered
from the worst of it on the tower. Mostly cloudy all day and temperatures
stayed above 0 degrees Celsius.

Raptor Observations:
Even with Southern winds, Red-tailed hawks were still on the move today,
with 105 Red-tails migrating over the marsh. Our other usual species were
also migrating but in lesser numbers and quite far North of the tower; only
3 Red-shouldered Hawks, 16 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 3 Cooper's Hawks and 9
Northern Harriers. Luckily, a Golden Eagle was also spotted around 10 this
morning!

Non-raptor Observations:
Today's highlights included a Lesser Black-backed Gull, a Common Tern and a
Common Loon flying over the marsh.
Fewer passerines were flying today, but Cedar Waxwings, American
Goldfinches, American Robin and Blackbirds still made an appearance.
As usual, a few thousand ducks on Big Creek Marsh, seeing more
Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, and Canvasbacks.

Check out our full ebird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61311452

Predictions:
Tomorrow the winds are still expected to blow from the South-West, with a
mix of sun and cloud in the morning. The afternoon is looking a little
gloomy, with clouds and a chance of light rain for the rest of the day.
Hopefully the rain will hold off until later and we will see many migrating
raptors.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/9/19 2:13 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (09 Nov 2019) 259 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 09, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 172 3194 51402
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 9 87
Northern Harrier 1 19 284
Sharp-shinned Hawk 10 145 4002
Cooper's Hawk 1 8 91
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 135 330
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 71 772 1630
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 4
Golden Eagle 4 11 15
American Kestrel 0 3 701
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 51
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 259 4305 123002
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Frank Kitakis,
Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
Richard came to visit us today and a lady from Oakland Audubon who brought
us delicious cookies. They were fortunate to see some of the birds that
made our day. A brief visit by Jim Fowler was very welcome.


Weather:
A gloomy gray sky met us at the start of day. SW winds that grew in
strength provided resistance for those birds that chose to fly against it.
The gray finally grudgingly gave way to a blue sky with high mare's tails
that foretold of possible precipitation to come. The barometer was falling
throughout the watch from 30.11" to under 30" by the end of day. Another
cold day in the trenches but fortunately the SW winds are blocked by the
tree line behind us.

Raptor Observations:
Despite the bad technical indicators, we had a fairly good morning. The
leftovers from yesterday's flight continued to move to the north of us. 172
vultures fought their meandering way across the border. The red-tails were
persistent and 71 flew into the SW wind. 10 sharp-shins and 1 Cooper's hawk
managed to undulate though the winds along with 1 harrier. We have been
short of golden eagles this year and finally had a day with more than two,
doubling that number to 4. The wind finally asserted itself on all the
birds and the flight dried up in the afternoon hours.

Non-raptor Observations:
Thousands of waterfowl were observed in the distance, either flying over
the lake at lower levels or migrating higher up. Bonaparte's gulls seem to
have taken up residence in greater numbers the last few days but those
numbers are still in single digits. Only one Forster's tern was seen. Cedar
waxwing flocks were observed on the other side of the slip a couple of
times.

Predictions:
The barometer will be rising tomorrow but still below normal after
bottoming out in the pre-watch hours. Lots of cloud cover and possible
precipitation are forecast. Winds migrating from SW to more westerly at
more moderate strengths than today may be too little too late. Not a lot of
positive signs there but life is like a box of chocolates.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/9/19 9:59 am
From: Robert setzer <doctorbass...>
Subject: Re: [birders] First junco!
Sorry, should have noted it was Rochester Hills.

On Saturday, November 9, 2019, 12:58:10 PM EST, Robert setzer <doctorbass...> wrote:

We had one on Tuesday, 11/5.  Have not seen one since, but did get some pics of it. I love those cute little things!"Dr. Bob"
On Saturday, November 9, 2019, 12:47:48 PM EST, Eve Wilson <evew...> wrote:

Glad to have them back!
Eve Ann Arbor

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Date: 11/9/19 9:58 am
From: Robert setzer <doctorbass...>
Subject: Re: [birders] First junco!
We had one on Tuesday, 11/5.  Have not seen one since, but did get some pics of it. I love those cute little things!"Dr. Bob"
On Saturday, November 9, 2019, 12:47:48 PM EST, Eve Wilson <evew...> wrote:

Glad to have them back!
Eve Ann Arbor

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Date: 11/9/19 9:47 am
From: Eve Wilson <evew...>
Subject: [birders] First junco!
Glad to have them back!
Eve Ann Arbor

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Date: 11/8/19 5:06 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (08 Nov 2019) 1214 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 08, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 692 3770 53006
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 6 33 226
Northern Harrier 29 110 567
Sharp-shinned Hawk 46 259 5227
Cooper's Hawk 11 30 267
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 47 145 360
Broad-winged Hawk 1 6 25779
Red-tailed Hawk 373 803 1621
Rough-legged Hawk 2 3 3
Golden Eagle 3 8 11
American Kestrel 1 16 1726
Merlin 1 4 111
Peregrine Falcon 2 7 58
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 1 13
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 4
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 1214 5195 89027
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Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Dan Lumm, Jeremy Bensette, Kit McCann, Kory Renaud

Visitors:
Many visitors on the tower, and I am so grateful for everyone's help, not
an easy day on the eyes!
Thank you Dan Lumm, Kit McCann, Kory Renaud, and Jeremy Bensette for their
really great spotting today.
Additional thank you to Noel Herdman and Dana (thanks you for the coffee
and brownie!) for their help.
Lastly, thanks to Tim Jarrold for taking time out a busy banding day to
bring us an immature Red-shouldered Hawks to be released from the tower.
Made my day!


Weather:
Another day of North-West winds! Raptors definitely took advantage of the
wind and clear blue skies to migrate very high above the tower. Even if the
sky made it hard to spot the birds, the sun kept us warm and light winds
made the temperatures enjoyable.

Raptor Observations:
What a day! Not only did we count many individuals but we also had 13
different species passing the the tower today! All the usual species, but
also including a Broad-winged Hawk, all three falcon species, Golden Eagles
and Rough-legged Hawks. The most numerous species were the Turkey Vultures,
Red-tailed Hawks and Red-shouldered Hawks. Happy to say that we counted
both light and dark colour morphs of the Rough-legged Hawks.
In the last 2 hours we also counted 3 Golden Eagles, the last one flying
over as the hour rang, still counts! The majority of the raptors flew very
high above the tower, just specs against the blue sky.

Non-raptor Observations:
If you thought the Crows were done migrating...think again! Today we
counted over 6,000 American Crows crossing the marsh...the clicker did not
stop clicking today.
Other highlights included Sandhill Cranes, many Bluebirds, an Eastern
Phoebe, a Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglets and a squabble between a
Swamp Sparrow and a Winter Wren.
Still many ducks on the marsh, including more Buffleheads and a few
Canvasbacks.

Check out our full ebird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61280738

Predictions:
Winds are to shift back to the South-West with clouds and some sun in the
afternoon. Hopefully the raptors will be on the same trajectory and fly
right over us. We are still expecting Northern Harriers, more Red-tailed
and Red-shouldered Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks and Golden Eagles. Fingers
crossed they'll show!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/8/19 4:20 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (08 Nov 2019) 1268 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 08, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 837 3022 51230
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 9 87
Northern Harrier 3 18 283
Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 135 3992
Cooper's Hawk 1 7 90
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 42 135 330
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 366 701 1559
Rough-legged Hawk 2 3 4
Golden Eagle 1 7 11
American Kestrel 0 3 701
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 2 5 51
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 1268 4046 122743
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Don Sherwood, Patrick Mulawa,
Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
The north winds brought out some visitors today. Will and his sister made
the trip from Ann arbor. Dee, Marty and Johannes made the trip. Thanks to
all for their help in locating the very high birds.


Weather:
The second day of NW winds proved more fruitful for our site. As the high
pressure settled into the area and the winds died down and shifted to a
more westerly line it lacked the punch that pushed our prey away from us
yesterday. The barometer did drop somewhat but it started from a high
30.4". The sunlit high blue sky was tempered somewhat by the formation of
contrail clouds from the passing jets. A cold day but with a lot less
malice than yesterday.

Raptor Observations:
Turkey vultures made a comeback today with 837 birds, a nice bounce-back
from yesterday. The red-tails were on the move today but as the day
progressed and the wind diminished they took a very high line. 42
red-shoulders joined them in the buteo class. We were still light on
sharpies with only 14 with 1 Cooper's hawk along for the ride. 2 peregrine
falcons were observed, including one that was eating his catch in flight. 3
harriers were spotted. Our birds of the day were 2 rough-legged hawks, one
light morph and a beautiful black dark morph. Joining them on the most
desirable list was 1 golden eagle seen in the afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
The tundra swans are passing overhead and today we saw a line of snow geese
wandering around the sky looking for the exit sign apparently. Bonaparte's
gulls are still here and although we thought the Forster's terns may have
left, one made a late appearance.

Predictions:
The technical lines are diverging tomorrow. Wind will be increasing from
the SW and the barometer will be falling. Neither of these factors is
usually good for our site. I would expect moderate movement at best and
more likely less than that. It will be another cold day with plenty of
wind.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/8/19 3:00 am
From: 'Suzanne (Moses) Vedder' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Late Redstart!
A local friend sent me this picture asking for an ID. I told her it was a very late Warbler, an American  Redstart,  and it should have migrated by now. 
Picture was taken 11/7/19 in Rodney, MI - Mecosta County. I'm going to get her street address and post it to eBird, but I thought I'd share it here.
Suzanne in Big Rapids 


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Date: 11/7/19 5:49 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (07 Nov 2019) 477 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 07, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 354 2185 50393
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 0 9 87
Northern Harrier 3 15 280
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 121 3978
Cooper's Hawk 3 6 89
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 18 93 288
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 90 335 1193
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 2
Golden Eagle 1 6 10
American Kestrel 0 3 701
Merlin 0 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 49
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 477 2778 121475
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Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Mark Hainen, Raburn Howland,
Rosemary Brady, Sam Heilman

Visitors:
Johannes and Dee toughed it out in the afternoon hours but it was grown up
weather today, not for the faint of heart.


Weather:
Be careful what you wish for was the lesson for today. We finally got our
northern winds but they were turbulent and seemed confused as the wind vane
changed from NW to W and back again while rising and falling in intensity.
Barometer stayed on the high side of normal but fell during the day. It was
a goose-down day as the temps stayed in the 30's. Challenging to sit
through all day. Skies cleared through the morning hours and the sun
brought welcome but insufficient radiant heat.

Raptor Observations:
354 turkey vultures led the way. Unfortunately, we did not get all the
buteos that were out there due to the too strong winds but counted a
respectable number of 90 red-tails and 18 red-shouldered hawks. Accipiters
were light with only 8 sharpies and 3 Cooper's hawks. 3 harriers were
counted and the first bird of the day was a golden eagle.

Non-raptor Observations:
Plenty of tundra swans flew overhead today whooping it up as they passed.
Some Bonaparte's were also observed in the slip. Thousands of waterfowl
were seen winging their way south.

Predictions:
Tomorrow holds promise. The winds are still from a favorable direction and
the barometer will be dropping during the day but from a high position on
the dial. The winds will ease a little in intensity so perhaps we will see
the buteos a little better tomorrow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/7/19 4:18 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (07 Nov 2019) 636 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 07, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 260 3078 52314
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 5 27 220
Northern Harrier 35 81 538
Sharp-shinned Hawk 61 213 5181
Cooper's Hawk 4 19 256
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 38 98 313
Broad-winged Hawk 4 5 25778
Red-tailed Hawk 226 430 1248
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 5 8
American Kestrel 3 15 1725
Merlin 0 3 110
Peregrine Falcon 0 5 56
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 1 13
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 4
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 636 3981 87813
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Chuck Sharbaugh, Dan Lumm, Dave Martin, Dorothy McLeer,
Jeremy Bensette, Kit McCann, Linda Wladarski, Paul Pratt

Visitors:
The Northern winds do not only bring hawks, but they also bring
hawkwatchers!
Today I was joined by Chuck Sharbaugh, Kit McCann, Dave Martin and Linda
Wladarski (thanks for the hot chocolate and timbits!), Dan Lumm, Paul Pratt
(thanks for the coffee!), Dorothy McLeer, Jeremy Bensette, John Barnes, and
Noel Herdman. Thank you for all your help and company today!
Additional thank you to Tim Jarrold for bringing up a Red-tailed Hawk and a
Northern Harrier!


Weather:
Cold day, but worth the chill! Temperatures lingered around 0 degCel all
day and the wind blew quite strongly from the North and North-West all day
long. Some flurries around 9, enough to leave the floor of the tower white,
but it all melted quite quickly. Extensive cloud cover in the morning, but
they dissipated in the afternoon, leaving a clear blue sky with raptors
very high above our heads.

Raptor Observations:
Thank you Northern winds! Today was wonderful, as we counted a wide variety
and high number of raptors all flying very high above us. The big winners
were the Red-tailed Hawks with 226 individuals, Red-shouldered Hawks at 38,
and the Northern Harriers with 35 individuals! Of course, they were also
accompanied by the usual Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Turkey
Vultures and Bald Eagles. Kestrels are still trickling in and to everyone's
surprise we are still counting a few Broad-winged Hawks!

Non-raptor Observations:
Today's highlight was three American White Pelican flying over the marsh in
the afternoon, what a splendid sight! At the end of the day, we also
spotted 4 Sandhill Cranes far north of the tower. Among all the raptors,
approximately 2,760 American Crows moved through. Tundra Swans were also
flying very high above the tower, their white plumage shinning in the clear
blue sky.

Check out full ebird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61248209

Predictions:
Tomorrow should also be a good day, with winds staying North until later in
the afternoon. It will be a chilly day, but the sun is supposed to shine,
with not much of a cloud cover. The hawks will probably be migrating high
above the tower, but we are hoping for more Red-shouldered and Red-tailed
Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks and Golden Eagles.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/7/19 12:16 am
From: Cendra Lynn <cendralynn...>
Subject: [birders] smaller than a kettle
So no crows.  But a small saucepan of robins forgathered in the walnut tree next door, and then flew off to the SW.  No sign they were migrating.  Many overwinterers visit our yard regularly.
Cendra

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Date: 11/6/19 4:38 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (06 Nov 2019) 31 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 06, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 1831 50039
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 1 9 87
Northern Harrier 5 12 277
Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 113 3970
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 86
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 75 270
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 3 245 1103
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 2
Golden Eagle 1 5 9
American Kestrel 0 3 701
Merlin 1 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 49
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 31 2301 120998
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Alex Gilford, Andrew Sturgess, Mark Hainen, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
Not a day for visitors or birds apparently.


Weather:
Mama said there'd be days like this. The last slice of light sky
disappeared in the distance as we started the watch. Replacing it was a
gray cloud deck that darkened the day, and our mood, it threatened snow and
delivered a little graupel. A fresh SW wind was the second strike against
us. The barometer started at a surprisingly high 30.4" but dropped a tenth
and a half during the watch. It certainly did not look like high pressure
weather.

Raptor Observations:
17 sharp-shins were the biggest number on the day. Turkey vultures were
taking the day off in our zip code. 5 harriers made the trip. 3 red-tails
and 3 red-shoulders carried the buteo load. 1 merlin was seen zipping
along. 1 bald eagle was counted and we were glad to see another golden
eagle since we are way behind this year. The flight dried up in the
afternoon hours and we called it off an hour short.

Non-raptor Observations:
Our usual contingent of "others" was seen today. Forster's terns and
Bonaparte's gulls were working the lake. Tree swallows were staying very
low over the water today. Distant ducks were observed flying in long
strings over the lake.

Predictions:
We finally get the northern winds we have been craving tomorrow. The
problem is that we will just be emerging from the rain and snow that it
brings as the watch starts. As the day progresses we may see movement and
as the sun emerges it may get even better on Friday.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/6/19 4:38 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (06 Nov 2019) 31 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 06, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 1831 50039
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 1 9 87
Northern Harrier 5 12 277
Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 113 3970
Cooper's Hawk 0 3 86
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 75 270
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 3 245 1103
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 2
Golden Eagle 1 5 9
American Kestrel 0 3 701
Merlin 1 1 32
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 49
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 31 2301 120998
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Alex Gilford, Andrew Sturgess, Mark Hainen, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
Not a day for visitors or birds apparently.


Weather:
Mama said there'd be days like this. The last slice of light sky
disappeared in the distance as we started the watch. Replacing it was a
gray cloud deck that darkened the day, and our mood, it threatened snow and
delivered a little graupel. A fresh SW wind was the second strike against
us. The barometer started at a surprisingly high 30.4" but dropped a tenth
and a half during the watch. It certainly did not look like high pressure
weather.

Raptor Observations:
17 sharp-shins were the biggest number on the day. Turkey vultures were
taking the day off in our zip code. 5 harriers made the trip. 3 red-tails
and 3 red-shoulders carried the buteo load. 1 merlin was seen zipping
along. 1 bald eagle was counted and we were glad to see another golden
eagle since we are way behind this year. The flight dried up in the
afternoon hours and we called it off an hour short.

Non-raptor Observations:
Our usual contingent of "others" was seen today. Forster's terns and
Bonaparte's gulls were working the lake. Tree swallows were staying very
low over the water today. Distant ducks were observed flying in long
strings over the lake.

Predictions:
We finally get the northern winds we have been craving tomorrow. The
problem is that we will just be emerging from the rain and snow that it
brings as the watch starts. As the day progresses we may see movement and
as the sun emerges it may get even better on Friday.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/6/19 3:28 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (06 Nov 2019) 287 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 06, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 219 2818 52054
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 1 22 215
Northern Harrier 22 46 503
Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 152 5120
Cooper's Hawk 2 15 252
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 6 60 275
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 25774
Red-tailed Hawk 19 204 1022
Rough-legged Hawk 1 1 1
Golden Eagle 0 5 8
American Kestrel 1 12 1722
Merlin 0 3 110
Peregrine Falcon 1 5 56
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 0 1 13
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 4
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 287 3345 87177
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Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Dave Martin, Kory Renaud, Linda Wladarski

Visitors:
Thank you to Linda Wladarski, Dave Martin and Kory Renaud for their visit
to the tower to spot some raptors!
Also thank you to Tara, who not only came for a visit at the end of the
day, but also for bringing me some delicious goodies! My heart is full,
thank you!!


Weather:
Cooler day today, with temperatures staying below 5 degree Celsius and the
sun hiding from me. The wind was not blowing very strongly, and from the
South/South-West most of the day. In the afternoon a few little snowflakes
made their way down, not enough to stay, only to wet my papers.

Raptor Observations:
A "hairy" day on the tower, as we counted 22 Northern Harriers, 3 of which
were males. The other highlight was the first Rough-legged Hawk of the
season! The gorgeous light-phase hawk took it's time over the marsh, giving
me a really good look!
The rest of the day was typical, counting the usual suspects; Turkey
Vultures, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered
Hawks, a Kestrel and a Peregrine Falcon.

Non-raptor Observations:
Another big flight of American Crows today (2,600), mostly travelling quite
North.
Closer at the base of the tower, songbirds visited including a Fox Sparrow,
a Field Sparrow, a Dark-eyed Junco, 8 Golden-Crowned Kinglets, Ruby-Crowned
Kinglets, and a White-breasted Nuthatch. We also had our first Eastern
Bluebirds fly over the tower!
Ducks are still abundant, and today, Buffledheads could often be spotted
swimming around.

Check out the full ebird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61235205

Predictions:
Surprise surprise, the winds are shifting to the North tomorrow! Along with
the wind shift, we're expecting some flurries in the morning and
temperatures around 1 degree Celsius. Let's hope for a busy day with the
raptors; hoping to count a few more Rough-legged Hawks, Golden Eagles, and
the usuals of course.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=100


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Date: 11/6/19 3:02 pm
From: 'C Rickards' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Cody Porter
Wicked bird, Master birder
and I report that from Europe, where, although regular, a rarity!
I have seen one, only once, for about 2 mins.

sweet
c

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 5:25:49 PM GMT+1, <parkerj15...> wrote:


Give a hand to Cody Porter for spotting a red-flanked blue tail in the backyard of his current home in Laramie, Wyoming.
Wish I could run out there to share in that one!
John Parker
Waterford, MI

sent by John Parker, from mobile

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Date: 11/6/19 8:25 am
From: <parkerj15...>
Subject: [birders] Cody Porter

Give a hand to Cody Porter for spotting a red-flanked blue tail in the backyard of his current home in Laramie, Wyoming.
Wish I could run out there to share in that one!
John Parker
Waterford, MI

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Date: 11/5/19 5:28 pm
From: 'Steve Jerant' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Haehnle Sanctuary Crane Count 11/04/2019
This week was the USFWS fall crane count. So this is the official government count for us: 2. Ron Hoffman & I counted in an adjacent property to the north of the sanctuary and our numbers were about the same.a

eBird checklist is available at: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61196527

Crane counters: Gary Siegrist & Ross Green
Compiler: Gary Siegrist
Submitted by Steve Jerant
Crane Count: 02 (21 observed in the area)
Species count: 31

115 Canada Goose
3 Trumpeter Swan -- 2 adults and one juvenile
7 Wood Duck
6 Northern Shoveler
20 American Wigeon
75 Mallard
6 American Black Duck
15 Ring-necked Duck
9 Hooded Merganser
21 Sandhill Crane -- 2 stayed in marsh
1 Turkey Vulture
2 Northern Harrier
2 Bald Eagle
2 Red-tailed Hawk
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Blue Jay
8 American Crow
1 Black-capped Chickadee
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Carolina Wren
2 Eastern Bluebird
7 American Robin
15 Cedar Waxwing
3 House Finch
3 American Tree Sparrow
6 Fox Sparrow -- Observed by Gary S
11 White-throated Sparrow
7 Song Sparrow
225 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Common Grackle

You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at
Haehnle site at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/crane-count and
JAS Blog page at http://jacksonaudubon.org/


Best Regards,
Steve Jerant

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Date: 11/5/19 4:53 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Detroit River Hawk Watch (05 Nov 2019) 318 Raptors
Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 05, 2019
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 234 1831 50039
Osprey 0 0 35
Bald Eagle 1 8 86
Northern Harrier 3 7 272
Sharp-shinned Hawk 34 96 3953
Cooper's Hawk 1 3 86
Northern Goshawk 0 0 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 5 72 267
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 64336
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 38 242 1100
Rough-legged Hawk 0 1 2
Golden Eagle 1 4 8
American Kestrel 1 3 701
Merlin 0 0 31
Peregrine Falcon 0 3 49
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 318 2270 120967
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Kevin Georg

Observers: Andrew Sturgess, Mark Hainen, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
We did have a few hardy visitors today. Johannes came to visit for the
afternoon hours. We did not have much to show but we always enjoy the
pleasure of our visitors company.


Weather:
The wind finally moved out of the southern quadrant but not too far. It
blew with gusto from the W but possibly with too much enthusiasm for our
site. I have a feeling that birds were pushed beyond our reach to the N by
the winds. A lovely to look at sky for most of the day with lots of cumulus
clouds with a deep blue backdrop to set them off. Barometer stayed steady
just under 30.2" all day.

Raptor Observations:
The turkey vulture numbers seem to be tapering off in November as a trickle
throughout the day reached a total of 234 birds. 38 red-tails and 5
red-shoulders made up the buteo contingent but I think we probably missed
some of these birds with the strong winds. 34 sharp-shins braved the winds
and we can only hope they took their dramamine as they had some wild rides.
1 Cooper's hawk was also noted. For eagles, we had 1 of each, a bald and a
golden. 1 kestrel also showed up.

Non-raptor Observations:
The tree swallows moved their base of operations to another part of the
lake today. Common loons were noted out on the lake. A lone sandhill crane
flew by. Bonaparte's gulls and Forster's terns were seen helping to control
the minnow population.

Predictions:
Back to the S tomorrow with winds of diminished intensity. Barometer is
still high. Cloud cover will be increasing as rain and snow are possible
later. This should pass in the night though and I think Thursday and Friday
with northern winds will offer better conditions than tomorrow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Andrew Sturgess (<ajyes72...>)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.detroitriverhawkwatch.org


More site information at hawkcount.org: http://hawkcount.org/siteinfo.php?rsite=285
Count data submitted via Dunkadoo - Project info at:
https://dunkadoo.org/explore/detroit-river-international-wildlife-refuge/detroit-river-hawk-watch-fall-2019


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Date: 11/5/19 4:24 pm
From: <reports...>
Subject: [birders] Holiday Beach Hawk Watch (05 Nov 2019) 566 Raptors
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch
Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 05, 2019
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Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Turkey Vulture 427 2599 51835
Osprey 0 0 36
Bald Eagle 0 21 214
Northern Harrier 6 24 481
Sharp-shinned Hawk 56 137 5105
Cooper's Hawk 2 13 250
Northern Goshawk 0 0 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 14 54 269
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 25774
Red-tailed Hawk 52 185 1003
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 5 8
American Kestrel 6 11 1721
Merlin 1 3 110
Peregrine Falcon 0 4 55
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 5
Unknown Buteo 1 1 13
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 4
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 1

Total: 566 3058 86890
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Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Maryse Gagné

Observers: Kory Renaud, Larry Ludwicki

Visitors:
Thank you to Tim Jarrold for his visit and for bringing along a handsome
Red-tailed Hawk!
Thank you to Larry Ludwicki and Kory Renaud for spending some time
observing on the tower this afternoon.



Weather:
Slightly warmer day mostly due to a lot more sunshine. The wind was quite
strong from the West, which brought many white fluffy cloud to give good
contrast to the blue sky.

Raptor Observations:
Like we say in French "Après la pluie, le beau temps". After a slow count
yesterday, the raptors were back! Good amount of variety today, still
seeing Sharp-shinned Hawks (56), Cooper's Hawks (2), and Northern Harriers
(6) which included two stunning gray ghosts! Buteos are still going strong;
52 Red-tailed Hawks and 14 Red-shouldered Hawks. Kestrels (6) were observed
flying above the tower as well as a Merlin. Lastly, one immature Golden
Eagle made an appearance in the morning.

Non-raptor Observations:
Crows, crows and more crows! Today 3,060 American Crows flew over the marsh
for their migration in constant streams in the mid-morning to early
afternoon. Other prominent migrants today were American Goldfinches (118)
and Tundra Swans (112).
As usual, a lot of ducks on the marsh, with similar distribution as the
last couple of days.

Check out the full ebird list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61212630

Predictions:
Chilly start tomorrow, with temperatures hovering around 0 degrees Celsius
most of the morning and warming slightly, but with a cloud cover. Winds are
expected to from the South all day. Hoping that Golden Eagles and buteos
will come greet us tomorrow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Maryse Gagné (<maryse.gagne35...>)
Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://hbmo.ca/


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Date: 11/5/19 2:13 am
From: Patrick Baize <pkbaize...>
Subject: Re: [birders] OT: Where to Bird and see Wildlife in Florida?

I always like to go to Honeymoon Island

Pat B. Howell, Michigan

On Monday, November 4, 2019, 9:09:31 AM EST, 'Melissa Pappas' via Birders <birders...> wrote:

I grew up in Florida. Someone briefly mentioned Ft. De Soto. It's a fabulous place to visit and to bird. There's beach with all kinds of peeps (turnstones, plovers, sanderlings, etc.) and usually many varieties of gulls and brown pelicans. There are usually dolphin just off shore. Ft. De Soto also has many brackish pools near parking lots that hold lots of ducks (all kinds). The trees around parking areas also hold all kinds of passerines. We stumbled on a very large mixed flock of warblers and vireos when we were visiting for Christmas one year. 
The Pinellas County area also has many places where you can see manatees. There are also various areas holding loud colonies of several varieties of parrots and parakeets.
 Melissa PappasHamburg Township, Livingston County, MI
"One can get in a car and see what man has made. One must get on a horse to see what God has made."  ~ Author Unknown     

On Sunday, November 3, 2019, 02:43:23 PM EST, Eve Wilson <evew...> wrote:

My husband offered to send me and my 27 yr old daughter who loves wildlife to Florida this winter to see birds and wildlife. I’m asking for input about best places to take a non-birder to enjoy abundant wildlife and birds. We haven’t picked a destination yet and would love suggestions!
Thanks!
Eve

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