[Ontbirds]HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (07 Oct 2004) 227 Raptors

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Thu Oct 7 07:10:38 EDT 2004


SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 07, 2004
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             100           8161          12491
Osprey                       0              7            224
Bald Eagle                   1             23            166
Northern Harrier             3             15            298
Sharp-shinned Hawk         103            681           5040
Cooper's Hawk               11             33            246
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             20             67
Broad-winged Hawk            0              4         185379
Red-tailed Hawk              4            371           1186
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              3
American Kestrel             3             47            926
Merlin                       0              1             42
Peregrine Falcon             1              7             26
Unknown                      0              0              0
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     227           9372         206096
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Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Lathe Claflin

Visitors:
Darlene Friedman
Pete Przybylski


Weather:
Today began mainly sunny with a gradual buildup of clouds throughout the
day. Winds were light southeast in the morning picking up to moderate in
the afternoon. 




Observations:
Overall the flight was light, being mostly an Accipiter event for much of
the day. Perhaps the onset of the approaching weather system could explain
the modest movement today. Even the omnipresent Turkey Vultures seemed to
languish for long periods of time in the same area and I believe some
groups even set down to the north of the count area soon after crossing.
An adult Peregrine Falcon that flew directly over the watch provided an
excellent highlight for those visiting the area. 




Predictions:
Rain is forecast for Friday afternoon into Saturday morning. This should
set up some movement for Sunday and early next week.
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Report submitted by Calvin Brennan (common_raven at hotmail.com)
SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark information may be found at:
http://www.smrr.net/




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