HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (10 Sep 2003) Raptor counts (total=328)

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Wed Sep 10 07:09:15 EDT 2003

SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 10, 2003

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0            131            131
Osprey                       2             62             62
Bald Eagle                   0             16             16
Northern Harrier             7             45             45
Sharp-shinned Hawk          96            800            800
Cooper's Hawk                0             20             20
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          207           1058           1058
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             14
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            13            262            262
Merlin                       2             17             17
Peregrine Falcon             1              2              2
Unknown                      0              0              0

Total:                     328           2427           2427

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

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Chuck Owens, Terry Angevine

Pat Sinift
Herb Sinift
Bob DeLosh
Bob Jaklevic
Jim Maki
Ron DeWalt

Fog and haze persisted throughout much of the early part of the day and
with such poor visibility, limited the count to only a few birds at that
time. With conditions improving somewhat at midday, a modest flight was
observed but dwindled to a trickle as a result of the moderate southeast
winds that prevailed during the afternoon. 


The Monarch migration continued today in significant numbers, which is the
third day in a row with large totals observed. Over that time span there
must have been tens of thousands that moved through southern Ontario and

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 2003 season counter was provided by DTE Energy.  Visit www.dteenergy.com to learn more!

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