[Ontbirds] HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (05 Oct 2006) 10019 Raptors

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Thu Oct 5 20:10:56 EDT 2006

SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2006

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            9426          13429          15320
Osprey                       0             12            200
Bald Eagle                   1             11            126
Northern Harrier            16             71            576
Sharp-shinned Hawk          93            577           4850
Cooper's Hawk               25             76            222
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk          390           2489          67941
Red-tailed Hawk             54            107            308
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              2
American Kestrel            11            145           1780
Merlin                       1              8             35
Peregrine Falcon             2              4             33
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              4

Total:                   10019          16934          91404

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Darlene Friedman, Paul Cypher, Raburn Howland

Richard Naber
Pete Przybylski

Today saw improving conditions early becoming mostly sunny by mid morning.
There were variable amounts of cumulous clouds for much of the day
although there was a period of time in mid afternoon when almost no clouds
were present. Winds were brisk and strong blowing generally from the

Raptor Observations:
With the considerable wind early in the day, the flight was active by the
second hour of the count. Vulture movement was particularly busy and even
though there were a couple of lulls during the day, the flight was steady
and quite heavy for most of the day, continuing into the early evening.
Some of the busiest hours were the last few of the day, very typical of a
large TV flight. Some of the early kettles of vultures held some good
numbers of Broad-wings and overall the showing for that species was very
good for this late day.

Non-raptor Observations:
This was the first day that I noted any Common Loons migrating with two or
three seen in total. A single Trumpeter Swan was among the Mutes at the
game area.

Report submitted by Calvin Brennan (common_raven at hotmail.com)
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