Jackson Audubon Society

 The Audubon Society of Jackson County, Michigan

Hawkwatch trip

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 11:42 AM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

Half a dozen JAS members joined the watch for raptors at Erie Metropark on Tuesday.  It was a beautiful day with a clear sky, but a few more clouds might have been nice to help locate birds.  We observed 9 raptors including a Peregrine Falcon attempting a lunch break on a Black-bellied Plover.  My list shows 9 Bald Eagles, but the official count from the Detroit River Hawkwatch cited only 1.  We may have been seeing 'local' birds which they do not count at migration.  

I addition to gulls that normally clog the sky while you are trying to spot raptors, the site has been overrun for the past days with huge numbers of Blue Jays coming over the border from Canada.  I entered 2000 in eBird, but per the official Hawkwatch post on Tuesday, "We totaled thirty-seven thousand, two hundred and fifty-one."  So I guess I was a bit off.

A few of us took a walk on the trail adjacent to the observation area to see if we could get some smaller birds for our trip.  We got a hummer, a few warblers, and the usual suspects. And we did see one of the most dangerous animals in Michigan-the dreaded Metropark deer. Famously unafraid of humans.


My eBird list is available HERE 

Detroit River Hawk Watch
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2021
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 715 1150 1150
Osprey 0 17 17
Bald Eagle 1 27 27
Northern Harrier 1 125 125
Sharp-shinned Hawk 92 2074 2074
Cooper's Hawk 0 5 5
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 931 20064 20064
Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 5 42 42
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 25 519 519
Merlin 2 20 20
Peregrine Falcon 4 21 21
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 1776 24065 24065



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