[Ontbirds]HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (08 Sep 2007) 134 Raptors

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Sat Sep 8 22:09:44 EDT 2007

SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 08, 2007

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              17             60             60
Osprey                       6             34             34
Bald Eagle                   5             17             17
Northern Harrier             3             46             46
Sharp-shinned Hawk          41            713            713
Cooper's Hawk                4             30             30
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           23            153            153
Red-tailed Hawk             11             40             40
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            24            138            138
Merlin                       0             10             10
Peregrine Falcon             0              5              5

Total:                     134           1246           1246

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Jim Maki, Patrick Mulawa

Richard Naber
Ron and Gloria Harkness
Will Weber
Lora and Chris Currie

Quite a variable day weather-wise with extended periods of overcast,
particularly at midday but also sunny periods. Winds varied from
east-northeast to east-southeast and were generally light but occasionally
a bit stronger. As seen by the moving cloud layers, upper level winds were
actually from the south and southwest.


Raptor Observations:
As might be expected with such unstable air masses, the flight was perhaps
a bit slow at times but there were definite pulses of activity,
particularly later in the day when skies were generally clearer than at any
other time. While the flight might not have been as heavy as anticipated
after the passing of frontal system overnight, overall it was still not too
bad of a day given the early date.

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs were without a doubt the most numerous migrant seen today, moving
steady throughout the day and many at altitude. There was a good bit of
warbler feeding activity in the afternoon in the maples and the lone spruce
near the count area at the boat launch. Most numerous were Cape Mays and
Blackpolls and a single Palm was noted along with several Red-eyed Vireos.
Report submitted by Calvin Brennan (common_raven at hotmail.com)
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