[Ontbirds]HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (26 Oct 2006) 5550 Raptors

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Thu Oct 26 19:10:18 EDT 2006

SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2006

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            5059          65288          67179
Osprey                       3             35            223
Bald Eagle                   2             58            173
Northern Harrier            18            241            746
Sharp-shinned Hawk         116           3495           7768
Cooper's Hawk               32            358            504
Northern Goshawk             1              4              4
Red-shouldered Hawk         25            190            194
Broad-winged Hawk            0           2503          67955
Red-tailed Hawk            288           1369           1570
Rough-legged Hawk            1              3              3
Golden Eagle                 4             10             11
American Kestrel             1            211           1846
Merlin                       0             13             40
Peregrine Falcon             0             11             40
Swainson's Hawk              0              6              9

Total:                    5550          73795         148265

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Don Sherwood, Raburn Howland

Joe Bartell
Pete Przybylski
Jim Maki
Tim Smart
Anne Hanft
Saul Hanft
Peter Schreimer

Today was sunny for much of the early part of the day with some high cirrus
cloud. There was a gradual increase in cloud cover particularly in the
afternoon when heavy cloud cover moved into the area ahead of tonight’s
forecast rain. Winds were light southeast early becoming moderate by late

Raptor Observations:
A somewhat slow start to the day turned into a very steady flight with good
numbers for most species and very good diversity overall. In addition to
another impressive TV flight, this was the biggest movement of Red-tails
thus far and included a juvenile “Western” type – more heavily marked on
the underside and under wing coverts, more uniformly dark above with less
contrast between the tail and the rest of the upper parts than a juvenile
“Eastern” would show. Other highlights of the day included great looks at
a juvenile Northern Goshawk, an adult male Northern Harrier, a light-morph
Rough-legged Hawk as well as 4 Golden Eagles including two in tandem. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Other migrants noted today were Fox Sparrows and Lapland Longspurs.

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