HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (21 Sep 2003) Raptor counts (total=46972)

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Sun Sep 21 08:09:24 EDT 2003

SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2003

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              55            519            519
Osprey                      10            156            156
Bald Eagle                   3             56             56
Northern Harrier             8            138            138
Sharp-shinned Hawk         161           2577           2577
Cooper's Hawk               15             88             88
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk        46644          57621          57621
Red-tailed Hawk             20             78             78
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            48           1164           1164
Merlin                       2             44             44
Peregrine Falcon             3              9              9
Unknown                      0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              3              3              3

Total:                   46972          62453          62453

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

Todays weather was dominated by sunny conditions and light to moderate
southeast winds. A good build up of cumulous clouds was very welcome and
aided the spotters for much of the day.  

As it turned out, yesterday was just the preamble to a larger Broad-wing
flight and much to the delight of those gathered for Hawkfest, many of the
kettles were overhead. This is where much of the movement was throughout
the day despite the southeast wind. Perhaps it was a result of a favorable
flow in upper level winds that the birds were on this flight path rather
than a more northerly one typical of southeasterlies. Included in the
Broad-wing groups were two dark morphs and a light morph adult Swainsons
Hawks, the first of this species for the season. Also noted was a dark
adult Broad-wing

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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