HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (11 Sep 2003) Raptor counts (total=643)

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Thu Sep 11 08:09:40 EDT 2003

SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 11, 2003

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               3            134            134
Osprey                       7             69             69
Bald Eagle                   3             19             19
Northern Harrier            11             56             56
Sharp-shinned Hawk         236           1036           1036
Cooper's Hawk                2             22             22
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          346           1404           1404
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             14
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            32            294            294
Merlin                       3             20             20
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Unknown                      0              0              0

Total:                     643           3070           3070

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Paul Cypher, Raburn Howland

Fred Kirn
Jim Maki

Todays early morning haze gave way to high blue skies and light to moderate
southeast winds. 

The flight was generally steady throughout the day and spread over a wide
path as well as in low and high trajectories. In other words, one had to
be alert to the appearance of birds anywhere in the sky as no one flight
line was favored. One highlight of note was the event of an immature Bald
Eagle taking a fish along the canal just east of the count area. 

An American Golden Plover was seen and heard on two occasions as it flew
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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