[Ontbirds]HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (03 Oct 2006) 1273 Raptors

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Tue Oct 3 19:10:35 EDT 2006


SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 03, 2006
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             767           4003           5894
Osprey                       5             12            200
Bald Eagle                   1             10            125
Northern Harrier            32             55            560
Sharp-shinned Hawk         132            484           4757
Cooper's Hawk               19             51            197
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk          209           2099          67551
Red-tailed Hawk             26             53            254
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              2
American Kestrel            77            134           1769
Merlin                       1              7             34
Peregrine Falcon             2              2             31
Unknown                                                     
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              4

Total:                    1273           6915          81385
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Observation start time: 09:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Fred Kirn

Visitors:
Bruce Roberts
Robert Westland
Kim Chapman


Weather:
Early morning rain delayed the start of today’s count with foggy misty
conditions prevailing until late morning. Skies thereafter were mainly
sunny. Winds were light and variable early becoming light southeast by
late morning.





Raptor Observations:
After a bit of a slow start at mid morning, the flight was steady for much
of the remainder of the day. Turkey Vultures and Broad-wings dominated the
early part of the count with harriers and kestrels making up much of the
movement in the afternoon. With the light winds the flight was spread out
somewhat with many of the birds right over the count area including much
of the day’s Broad-wing migration. There was bit of a shift in the flight
line to the north later in the day in response to the southerly winds. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Passerine activity was in evidence early in the day with large numbers of
White-throated Sparrows noted along with the fall’s first White-crowned
Sparrows. Warblers were dominated by Yellow-rumps but included Northern
Parula and Orange-crowned.


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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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