Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2016

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            3144          18247          19567
Osprey                       0              4             22
Bald Eagle                   7             32             86
Northern Harrier             0             60            283
Sharp-shinned Hawk          33           1009           3515
Cooper's Hawk                1             40             84
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         12             47             48
Broad-winged Hawk            0            130          17529
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk             71            389            523
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             53            531
Merlin                       0             11             29
Peregrine Falcon             0             22             26
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              5
Unknown Buteo                3             20             29
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             12

Total:                    3271          20067          42291

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

We had a quite a few visitors, including multiple groups from Ohio. If
another 'Toledo War' (or in this case a 'DR Hawk Watch Count Site War') had
been waged today, Michiganders might have been outnumbered and forced to
cede the site to the Ohioans. Luckily, us bird-watchers are peaceful.

Today was brisk from beginning to end, though the grey clouds of this
morning gave way to blue skies with scattered clouds by afternoon.
Barometric pressure increased as the day progressed and the wind, which
always had a northerly component, peaked in strength at around noon and
then became weaker as the day progressed.

Raptor Observations:
Because of the favorable wind, today was a good day to see soaring birds,
particularly Turkey Vultures. Red-tailed Hawks were quite common,
especially in the afternoon, and we had a few great looks at the striking
plumage of adult Red-shouldered Hawks. Several Bald Eagles also soared high

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-winged Blackbirds (470+) and Blue Jays (1060+) were moving overhead
today. Several swallow species (insect-eaters) are still hanging around,
despite the cold weather. Our favorite insect, the Monarch butterfly, is
likely done migrating here at the count site for this year. 

Tomorrow will be another cool day, though winds will be very light. We will
probably see TV kettles again tomorrow!
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