[Ontbirds]HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (04 Oct 2007) 608 Raptors

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Thu Oct 4 20:10:50 EDT 2007


SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 04, 2007
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture             442           1306           3091
Osprey                       5             17            164
Bald Eagle                   2              5            144
Northern Harrier            15             49            549
Sharp-shinned Hawk          94            328           7033
Cooper's Hawk               13             19            192
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              9
Broad-winged Hawk           11             14          69549
Red-tailed Hawk             19             23            386
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3              7           1069
Merlin                       0              2             28
Peregrine Falcon             4              9             44
Unknown                                                    8
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     608           1780          82268
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Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Fred Kirn, Raburn Howland

Visitors:
Bruce and Linda Roberts
Cliff Tally
Jim Maki
Pete Przybylski
Benita Garner


Weather:
Today saw a return to unseasonably warm temperatures and a southerly flow.
Skies were clear throughout the day but a heavy haze and an increase in
humidity in the early afternoon greatly reduced visibility. Winds were very
light and variable to about noon when they became light to moderate
east-southeast.










Raptor Observations:
The flight under these conditions was predictably slow with much of it to
the north in the misty haze. With very little wind during the morning, it
was midday before any vulture movement was recorded. This activity was well
to the north and short-lived, taking place over a few hours in the middle
portions of the day although during that time some rather sizable kettles
were seen. Peregrines continue to be a pleasant surprise this season and
this fall overall is shaping up to be one of the better ones in the last
few years.

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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