HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (18 Sep 2003) Raptor counts (total=441)

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Thu Sep 18 07:09:53 EDT 2003

SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2003

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              17            281            281
Osprey                       9            127            127
Bald Eagle                   2             44             44
Northern Harrier             1            119            119
Sharp-shinned Hawk          22           2185           2185
Cooper's Hawk                3             53             53
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          371           2806           2806
Red-tailed Hawk              0             37             37
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            15           1056           1056
Merlin                       0             37             37
Peregrine Falcon             1              5              5
Unknown                      0              0              0

Total:                     441           6750           6750

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

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Chuck Owens, Matt Pety, Raburn Howland

Anne Hanft
Sol Hanft
Jim Maki
Kevin Meek

Cloud from the low associated with the hurricane system on the East Coast
gradually pushed in from the east today. Winds were moderate
east-southeast becoming strong out of the east in the afternoon. 

The flight generally was very, very slow with a modest push of Broad-wings
in the mid afternoon spurred on by the strong easterlies. Noteworthy was
five adult Bald Eagles that were all in the same binocular view, none of
which seemed to be migrating but simply soaring and gliding on the
considerable wind. Also, a Peregrine Falcon was spotted hanging in the
breeze all the while dining on some prey item.  

Blue Jays and Monarchs were seen moving en masse today, both numbering in
the thousands and in the case of the jays, tens of thousands.

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

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