HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (20 Oct 2003) Raptor counts (total=600)

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Mon Oct 20 07:10:51 EDT 2003

SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2003

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              1              1
Turkey Vulture             157          53038          54894
Osprey                       0             37            241
Bald Eagle                   0             83            163
Northern Harrier            59            824           1080
Sharp-shinned Hawk         335           6336          10808
Cooper's Hawk               15            515            645
Northern Goshawk             0              7              7
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            155            155
Broad-winged Hawk            0          13570          87358
Red-tailed Hawk              5            797            900
Rough-legged Hawk            0              6              6
Golden Eagle                 0              6              6
American Kestrel            28            788           2349
Merlin                       1             19             79
Peregrine Falcon             0             38             79
Unknown                      0              9              9
Swainson's Hawk              0             10             14

Total:                     600          76239         158794

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Terry Angevine

Walt Palaski

Today saw a mix of sun and cloud along with southwest winds that grew
increasingly strong throughout the day. 

This was one of the most compact flights of the season as far as time line
and is surely a sign of things to come in the latter half of the season.
In the early part of the day there were two distinct flight paths, one to
the north and the other to the south of the count area. Eventually the
influence of the wind dried up the south flight line as most birds in the
early afternoon were observed to the north. By mid afternoon even the
northern flight path had ceased to produce any birds resulting in an early
shut down of the count. After the tremendous TV flight the last couple of
weeks, todays numbers may be signal to the winding down of migration for
that species, although I’m sure there will be a few good days over the
next week or so. Otherwise, the count was dominated by Sharp-shins and
Harriers, the latter species coming by in loose groups of from 2 to 8

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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