Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0            360            360
Osprey                       0             14             14
Bald Eagle                   0             42             42
Northern Harrier             5            180            180
Sharp-shinned Hawk         199           2179           2179
Cooper's Hawk                0             32             32
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0          11463          11463
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             85             85
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8            428            428
Merlin                       1             15             15
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              5              5
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             11             11

Total:                     214          14819          14819
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Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Dustin Brewer

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Raburn Howland, Rosemary Brady

Visitors:
We had several visitors with us today, but probably no more than 8 at one
time. 


Weather:
For most of the day the light wind was coming from the southeast. Cloud
cover was variable throughout the day, ranging from 15 percent to 60
percent. Temperatures reached the 80s, but didn't budge us counters.

Raptor Observations:
Today was a relatively slow day, with Sharp-shinned Hawks steadily coming
through from 9 to 1 to keep us company. Several kestrels and harriers
passed through, as well as a Merlin and Peregrine Falcon.

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue Jays were the bird of the day, with 5,057 tallied (almost all of these
before noon), and probably at least another 1,000 that were not counted.
These intelligent birds are often disliked because of their bossy
reputation, but are fascinating to observe due to their intelligence and
vocal capability. Only 29 monarch butterflies were tallied today, as well
as 120 Red-winged Blackbirds. We also saw an unfortunate water snake which
will now have to try to survive with a hook in its mouth, and line hanging
out. Fisherpeople out there, please remember to do your best to leave as
little of your fishing supplies in nature as possible! 

Predictions:
Though rain is possible tomorrow, which could impede movement, the winds
are predicted to have a northerly component which could push migrating
birds over the count site.
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Report submitted by Detroit River Hawk Watch (greg_norw...@fws.gov)
Detroit River Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.drhawkwatch.org 



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