[Ontbirds] HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (26 Sep 2006) 31035 Raptors

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Tue Sep 26 19:09:38 EDT 2006


SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2006
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             230            660            660
Osprey                      10            172            172
Bald Eagle                   9             94             94
Northern Harrier            24            416            416
Sharp-shinned Hawk         102           3742           3742
Cooper's Hawk                5            108            108
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              4
Broad-winged Hawk        30547          59810          59810
Red-tailed Hawk             28            155            155
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            76           1415           1415
Merlin                       0             23             23
Peregrine Falcon             4             27             27
Unknown                                                     
Swainson's Hawk              0              2              2

Total:                   31035          66628          66628
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Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:45:00 
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Fred Kirn, Jim Maki, Lathe Claflin, Paul Cypher

Weather:
Today was sunny for the most part with variable amounts of high cirrus
cloud forming in the afternoon. Winds were light and variable early in the
day becoming light south-southeast by late morning, picking up somewhat in
mid afternoon.






Raptor Observations:
The flight began very slowly with very few birds being tallied before mid
morning. At that time some smaller groups of Broad-wings began appearing
and built into some considerable kettles by midday. Much of this early
part of the flight was low and directly over the watch. Thankfully the
winds stayed light enough as the birds did eventually get pushed to the
north but were still within fairly easy view. This movement from about the
midday point stayed strong and continuous right through until early evening
when kettles of 1,200 birds or so were still being seen. In talking with
some of the long-term observers at the site, this is probably the largest
movement of Broad-wings recorded this late in the month.


Non-raptor Observations:

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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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