day's count to 20,491 birds. Of that total, 20, 145 were Broad-wings!
Robin and I parked at the Lake Erie Metropark Marina and rode bikes down to the boat launch where the count was being held. A large crowd of hawk enthusiasts were present, and I immediately immersed myself among them. Very little breeze was present, and only a trickle of Sharp-shinned Hawks moved through before 10-10:30 am. These birds were high in the sky, which didn't portend good luck for photography today.
The largest kettle came a short while later, producing about 3600 birds! The birds streamed directly overhead, then congregated behind us, allowing great views and some nice photographs. Among them was a single Swainson's Hawk (light-phased juvenile) that several of us failed to notice.
Big numbers are expected for Monday, as well.