Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2016

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            2187          20434          21754
Osprey                       0              4             22
Bald Eagle                   1             33             87
Northern Harrier             4             64            287
Sharp-shinned Hawk          48           1057           3563
Cooper's Hawk                4             44             88
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          8             55             56
Broad-winged Hawk            0            130          17529
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk            101            490            624
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2              2              2
American Kestrel             7             60            538
Merlin                       0             11             29
Peregrine Falcon             0             22             26
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              5
Unknown Buteo                0             20             29
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             12

Total:                    2362          22429          44653

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Dustin Brewer

Observers:        Andrew Sturgess, Greg Norwood, Rosemary Brady

We had only had a few visitors today, including John's daughter all of the
way from North Carolina.

Clear and cool throughout the day, with very light winds that began from
the west and transitioned to come from the southeast by 10.  Barometric
pressure held steady (30.4 in Hg) and there was very little cloud cover all

Raptor Observations:
Today was GOLDEN! That is, we saw our first Golden Eagles of the season, a
couple of sub-adults which appeared about an hour apart above what we call
the 'brain trees.' There were several sizable TV kettles, and a steady
trickle of Red-tailed Hawks, as well as a few fast-flapping Red-shouldered
Hawks. Sharp-shinned Hawks, Coopers Hawks, Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles,
and American Kestrels were also migrating. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Surprisingly, despite the cold weather, Monarch butterflies (12+) made
another push today. In addition to Blue Jays (300+) and Red-winged
Blackbirds (290+), we also detected a few migrating Common Grackles, Rusty
Blackbirds, and, for the first time this season, a murder of 10 American
Crows. A Hermit Thrush, American Robins, White-throated Sparrows, and
Dark-eyed Juncos were hanging around the count site.

Tomorrow is predicted to be warmer, which will be nice during the shady
hours, but the wind will likely be from the south. This wind may blow the
soaring birds to the north of us. 
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