[Ontbirds]HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (10 Oct 2007) 1281 Raptors

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Wed Oct 10 21:10:54 EDT 2007

SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 10, 2007

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            1000           7176           8961
Osprey                       2             31            178
Bald Eagle                   1             30            169
Northern Harrier            15            129            629
Sharp-shinned Hawk         193           1232           7937
Cooper's Hawk               14            113            286
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          6             16             24
Broad-winged Hawk            3             31          69566
Red-tailed Hawk             17            148            511
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            28            115           1177
Merlin                       1              9             35
Peregrine Falcon             1             21             56
Unknown                                                    8
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                    1281           9051          89539

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

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Paul Cypher, Ron Harkness, Terry Angevine

Benita Garner

A sunny day early saw increasing cloudiness ahead of a frontal system
moving into the area. Skies were more or less completely overcast by midday
with only a few brief sunny breaks thereafter. Light rain was falling by
days end. Winds were moderate to fairly strong from the west throughout the


Raptor Observations:
While today’s passage was a bit lighter overall than the flight yesterday
the movement was perhaps steadier throughout even with the cloud cover in
the afternoon. The TV groups were quite impressive although at times seemed
to make no head way in the substantial west wind with the same kettles on
occasion in view for upwards of an hour, quartering to and fro to gain the
best advantage in the wind. The Buteo flight was less than the day previous
but offered some great looks at several adult Red-shouldered Hawks, one of
my personal favorites.

Non-raptor Observations:
Large numbers of Tree Swallows with lesser numbers of Northern Rough-winged
Swallows were moving in response to the front today. An increase in
waterfowl numbers has been noted lately particular small to medium-sized
skeins of Canada Geese. A group of 5 Common Loons was another noteworthy
sighting today.
Report submitted by Calvin Brennan (common_raven at hotmail.com)
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