HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (13 Sep 2003) Raptor counts (total=596)

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Sat Sep 13 08:09:07 EDT 2003

SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2003

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              15            157            157
Osprey                       8             84             84
Bald Eagle                   1             24             24
Northern Harrier            10             74             74
Sharp-shinned Hawk         205           1382           1382
Cooper's Hawk                6             29             29
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          317           1744           1744
Red-tailed Hawk              2             16             16
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            24            341            341
Merlin                       8             28             28
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Unknown                      0              0              0

Total:                     596           3881           3881

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

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Dave Mendus, Jeff Schultz, Mary Cypher, Paul Cypher

Tom Persing
Pauline Persing
John Lowry
Clark Gaston
Sue Kimmel
Elaine Livingston
Jeanne Henderson
Marianne Barrowman
Larry Abraham
Carolyn Szaroletta
Bob Jacobs
Patrick Mulawa
Denise Ward
Skip Zabel
Don Sherwood


Despite another day of moderate southeast winds, todays flight was more
substantial than anticipated. An initially slow start eventually developed
into a steady pace through to the end of the day. As with yesterdays
flight, one could only guess at how much of the flight was going on north
of the count area. Always a highlight, a season high 8 Merlins were
tallied including five in quick succession, dog-fighting along the way as
they played catch-up with each other. 

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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