HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (26 Oct 2003) Raptor counts (total=1481)

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Sun Oct 26 05:10:27 EST 2003

SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2003

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              1              1
Turkey Vulture            1148          66568          68424
Osprey                       0             39            243
Bald Eagle                   0             95            175
Northern Harrier             6            927           1183
Sharp-shinned Hawk          65           7247          11719
Cooper's Hawk               11            630            760
Northern Goshawk             2             14             14
Red-shouldered Hawk         40            467            467
Broad-winged Hawk            0          13571          87359
Red-tailed Hawk            205           3579           3682
Rough-legged Hawk            0             21             21
Golden Eagle                 2             29             29
American Kestrel             1            809           2370
Merlin                       0             21             81
Peregrine Falcon             1             41             82
Unknown                      0             12             12
Swainson's Hawk              0             10             14

Total:                    1481          94081         176636

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Dave Mendus, Jeff Schultz

Sean Bachman
Lyle Hamilton
Don Sherwood
Bob Jacobs
Gloria Harkness
David Harkness
Darlene Friedman
Rosemary Brady

Early morning showers and drizzle postponed the start of the count until
mid morning. The remainder of the day was generally cloudy but with a good
bit of sun, enough to generate a decent flight during the afternoon hours.
Winds were light to moderate from the west. 

The flight was dominated by TVs and Red-tails and highlighted by some
excellent views of birds including a particularly cooperative juvenile
Golden Eagle. 

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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