[Ontbirds]HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (13 Oct 2007) 4606 Raptors

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Sat Oct 13 22:10:41 EDT 2007

SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2007

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            4153          12791          14576
Osprey                       4             35            182
Bald Eagle                   8             38            177
Northern Harrier            10            139            639
Sharp-shinned Hawk         346           1640           8345
Cooper's Hawk               17            136            309
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          5             22             30
Broad-winged Hawk            1             33          69568
Red-tailed Hawk             46            224            587
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1              1
American Kestrel            14            129           1191
Merlin                       1             10             36
Peregrine Falcon             0             21             56
Unknown                                                    8
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                    4606          15219          95707

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Patrick Mulawa, Richard Naber, Ron Harkness

Gloria Harkness
Bob Jacobs
Josh & Kara Haas and group from Kalamazoo Nature Center
Robert Epstein 
Scott Jennex
Karl Overman
Bruce Roberts

Clear conditions early today gave way to almost complete overcast by mid
morning, the remainder of the day being a mix of sun and cloud. Winds were
light and variable early becoming moderate to fairly strong and gusty
west-southwest by late morning.  


Raptor Observations:
While the Sharpie flight was steady throughout the day, it took awhile for
other birds to really get going because of the overcast conditions during
much of the morning. The TV movement assembled rather quickly once the
skies brightened in late morning with the largest push of birds for the
entire day coming through around the noon hour. The afternoon passage was
in pulses of birds, which seems to be a theme with our vulture flight of
late rather than a continuous movement of birds that is more typical of
large movements of vultures. There was another good push near the end of
the day, the norm for the species at this peak time. Highlighting the day
overall was our first Golden Eagle of the season, a life bird for several
of the folks at the watch today. Bald Eagles were also very much in
evidence today as well with several individuals in view at any given time
throughout much of the afternoon.

Non-raptor Observations:
Large numbers of Tree Swallows continue to migrate through the area along
with some lingering Rough-wings and Chimney Swifts. Some new arrivals to
the area the last couple of days have been White-crowned Sparrow and
Lapland Longspur. Altogether about 20 or so Monarchs were noted today.
Report submitted by Calvin Brennan (common_raven at hotmail.com)
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