HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (05 Oct 2002) Raptor counts (total=7850)

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Sat Oct 5 22:56:11 EDT 2002

SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, MI, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2002

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
BV                           0              0              0
TV                        7162           7179           8141
OS                          25             44            229
BE                          23             24            134
NH                          43             57            537
SS                         402            655           5934
CH                           8             14            136
NG                           0              0              0
RS                           2              2              8
BW                          44             44         106392
RT                          46             47            319
RL                           0              0              0
GE                           0              0              1
AK                          83            136           2253
ML                           5              8             65
PG                           7             25             56
UR                           0              0              0
SW                           0              0              3
WE                           0              0              1

Total:                    7850           8235         124209

Observation start time: 07:15:00 
Observation end   time: 17:30:00 
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Site Coordinator: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Jeff Schultz, Mary Cypher

A strong cold front that passed during the night produced one of the
biggest flights of the season thus far. A cool and mainly cloudy early
morning gave way to sunny skies and pleasant fall temperatures as the
morning wore on. Winds were generally from the west being fairly strong
and sometimes gusty. 

The flight started slow in the cool morning air but built up as the day
warmed up. It was expected that the next cold front would produce the
first big Turkey Vulture movement of the fall and we were not
disappointed. In fact, todays flight was a single day record for this site
topping out at 7,162 including 3,592 vultures in one hour! An additional
highlight was a dark morph juvenile Broad-wing, the second dark morph of
this species seen this year. For the day 7,850 birds of 12 species were

Report submitted by Calvin Brennan (common_raven at hotmail.com)
SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark information may be found at:

The primary site used by Southeastern Michigan Raptor Research (SMRR) is the Boat Launch at Lake Erie Metropark located approximately 20 miles south of Detroit, Michigan. A secondary site, the Headquarters of Pointe Mouillee State Game Area can be used during certain wind conditions.  When staffing is available, both sites can be used at the same time.  The season begins on the first day of September and concludes on the final day of November.  For details and directions, log on to www.smrr.net

The stipend for the 2002 season counter was provided by DTE Energy.  Visit www.dteenergy.com to learn more!

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