[Ontbirds]HSR: SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark (14 Oct 2007) 8395 Raptors

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Sun Oct 14 21:10:39 EDT 2007

SMRR- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2007

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            8062          20853          22638
Osprey                       1             36            183
Bald Eagle                   4             42            181
Northern Harrier            28            167            667
Sharp-shinned Hawk         114           1754           8459
Cooper's Hawk               12            148            321
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         58             80             88
Broad-winged Hawk            4             37          69572
Red-tailed Hawk            101            325            688
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              2              2
American Kestrel            10            139           1201
Merlin                       0             10             36
Peregrine Falcon             0             21             56
Unknown                                                    8
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                    8395          23614         104102

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Calvin Brennan, Paul Cypher

Observers:        Bruce Roberts, Darlene Friedman, Paul Cypher

Don Sherwood
Frank Kitakis
Steve Kitakis
Ron and Gloria Harkness
Linda Roberts
Richard and Ann Naber etal. 
Pat Mulawa
Charlene Brennan

Skies were sunny for much of the morning today with cloud cover gradually
pushing into the area, becoming completely overcast by mid afternoon ahead
of weak frontal system. Winds were more or less non-existent until late
morning becoming light south-southeast and then light south by mid
afternoon. There were some showers by days end.   


Raptor Observations:
There were very few migrants on the go early in the day with a quick build
up of birds once it warmed up a bit and the breeze kicked up. The vulture
movement was heavy and non-stop for about a four-hour period from late
morning to mid afternoon until the advancing system set them down again
with many of those first masses of birds passing right overhead or just to
the north. Later groups would drift more to the north on the breeze and
into areas northward that were still in sunshine. Early in the afternoon
somewhere in a group of a couple hundred birds, we surpassed our 700,000th
vulture tallied in the history of the count! Also reaching a milestone
today was Red-shouldered Hawk with our 15,000th counted since the beginning
of the watch. Red-shoulders in general saw their best day of the season
thus far with quite a few excellent views of this attractive raptor. Also
highlighting the day was our second Golden Eagle in as many days.

Non-raptor Observations:

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