Golden Eagles! - November 2016

posted Nov 13, 2016, 7:43 AM by Web master   [ updated Nov 13, 2016, 8:03 AM ]

Highlights of this month's count include some nice "low-flying" Golden Eagles. Mark Hainen and Andrew Sturgess have been on the ready w/ their cameras to capture a few of these late-season visitors as they passed unusually close to the count-sight.

34th Year of Detroit River Hawk Watch to begin September 1st, 8AM EDT

posted Aug 17, 2016, 1:26 PM by Web master

The Detroit River Hawk Watch will begin its 34th year on Thursday, September 1st. The monitoring program systematically counts the passage of all migrating eagles, falcons, vultures, hawks, and describes significant migration of many other species. Dustin Brewer and Natalie Cypher will lead a team of volunteers on the three-month data collection marathon, not ending until 4PM EDT on November 30th. Counters will be stationed each day at the Lake Erie Metropark boat launch tallying over 600 hours scanning the skies, usually resulting in between 100,000 to as many as 266,000 migrating bird-of-prey.

Join our Team as 2016 Primary Counter!

posted Jun 2, 2016, 8:09 AM by Web master

FALL 2016 PAID RAPTOR COUNTER/S NEEDED (September 1 - November 30) to continue raptor migration monitoring for the Detroit River Hawk Watch ( Annual monitoring began in 1983 and documents one of the most significant fall raptor migrations in North America.

The site has spectacular annual flights of broad-winged hawks, golden eagles, and all eastern raptors, including reliable passages of Swainson's hawk. There have only been six primary counters since 1998 and most return for multiple seasonsWe seek individuals who enjoy working with volunteer counters and communicating with visitors. Applicants must have some initial field biological experience and extremely high personal interest in raptor migration. Good writing skills are essential for daily and end-of-season summary reports.

We are very willing to work with student schedules and contract on a part-time basis ensuring the entire season is covered. Contract will be through the International Wildlife Refuge Alliance, which is a non-profit (501c3) organization furthering the mission of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. 

Please contact: GREG NORWOOD, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. E-mail: 734-692-7611 or 734-341-3858) 9311 Groh Road, Grosse Ile, MI 48138.

Another Successful Season Ends! - 01 Dec 2015

posted Dec 9, 2015, 5:08 PM by Web master

November 30, 2015 marked the end of the Fall 2015 Hawk Watch Season for Detroit River Hawk Watch. Thanks to all of the count staff, volunteers and visitors who helped make this a most memorable season. Special thanks to Jonathan Stein and Andrew Sturgess for their almost-daily presence and contributions to the count. Below is a summary for November with Totals for the Season. The official season review will be published by Jonathan in December.

Updates to the Website

posted Oct 30, 2015, 9:48 AM by Web master

30 Oct 2015 - Check out the new Hawk ID and Gallery tabs. We've updated the information and gallery thanks to contributions from Greg Smith, Andrew Sturgess, Darlene Friedman and Mark Hainen. If you'd like to contribute hawk photos, please send them to Jerry Jourdan at!

Fred Kirn

posted Jun 18, 2015, 10:57 AM by Hawk Watcher   [ updated Oct 2, 2015, 4:57 PM by Web master ]

The Detroit River Hawk Watch  lost a valued member of its count team earlier this year with the passing of Fred Kirn. A Livonia resident retired from the Ford Motor Company, for more than 20 seasons Fred devoted hundreds of hours to documenting the awe-inspiring  raptormigration that passes through southeastern Michigan each fall. Fred’s attention to detail, his knowledge of the area’s local birds and his wealth of experience aided the count significantly over the years. His calm and steady demeanor, unpretentious geniality and contagious good nature endeared Fred to those of us fortunate enough to spend long, merry days counting raptors with him along the shore of Lake Erie. He will be missed.    

Detroit River Hawk Watch runs from Sept. 1st-Nov. 30th

posted Sep 3, 2013, 5:13 AM by Hawk Watcher

The Detroit River Hawk Watch systematically samples the migration of hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures from the Lake Erie Metropark boat launch each day from September 1st through November 30th. The public is always welcome to stop by and learn about what is being seen each day. Each day's report is available at Hawk Count.

Raptor Book review at the Birder's Library

posted Sep 3, 2013, 5:11 AM by Hawk Watcher   [ updated Sep 3, 2013, 5:13 AM ]

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