[Ontbirds]HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (08 Oct 2007) 250 Raptors

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Mon Oct 8 21:10:55 EDT 2007

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

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              19           3839           5624
Osprey                       4             25            172
Bald Eagle                   3             24            163
Northern Harrier            14             99            599
Sharp-shinned Hawk         175            872           7577
Cooper's Hawk                9             89            262
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6             14
Broad-winged Hawk            0             17          69552
Red-tailed Hawk              2             46            409
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            20             58           1120
Merlin                       2              6             32
Peregrine Falcon             2             19             54
Unknown                                                    8
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     250           5100          85588

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Bruce Roberts, Charlene Brennan, Ron Harkness,
                  Terry Angevine

Rick Kryc

Today continued hot and hazy with early day cirrus cloud dispersing by
midday and being replaced by cumulous clouds early in the afternoon. Winds
were minimal early in the day becoming light southeast by late morning then
southwest by early afternoon. This wind switch in the pm would actually
drop the humidity and improve visibility noticeably.  


Raptor Observations:
While there was no appreciable migration of TVs, the movement of other
species was similar to yesterday and other days since this unseasonable
warm spell began. Sharpies were more or less steady throughout the day with
a smattering of other birds mixed in. With today’s Harrier count, a
milestone for the species was reached with now over 14,000 Harriers counted
since the beginning of the watch in 1983. Falcons continue to be a welcome
surprise with a couple of good views of Peregrines today along with a nice
pulse of Kestrels in the afternoon and a Merlin or two thrown in for good
measure. Bald Eagles continue on what looks to be a record pace with the
season total to date about thirty birds shy of the single season high at
this site.

Non-raptor Observations:

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