[Ontbirds]HSR: DRHW- Lake Erie Metropark (09 Sep 2008) 94 Raptors

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Tue Sep 9 20:09:23 EDT 2008


DRHW- Lake Erie Metropark
Brownstown, Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 09, 2008
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              14             74             74
Osprey                       4             43             43
Bald Eagle                   4             21             21
Northern Harrier             4             16             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk          40            116            116
Cooper's Hawk                3             17             17
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           13             35             35
Red-tailed Hawk              4             39             39
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8             23             23
Merlin                       0              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      94            390            390
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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:        Charlene Brennan, Fred Kirn, Lathe Claflin, Rodney Laura

Visitors:
Saul Hanft
Jim Lynch
Lisa Appel


Weather:
Clearing early in the morning after the overnight rain made for a mostly
sunny day today. Much of the cloud cover was sparse in the morning with
considerable cumulous building in the afternoon. Winds were moderate and at
times brisk varying from the west to west-northwest.



Raptor Observations:
The flight today was considerably lighter than anticipated. Perhaps given
the unsettled nature of the weather lately birds are still backed up on the
Canadian side with another day or two of flying before they reach this
area. Altogether though I think most of the onlookers today were pleased
with stellar views of cavorting Bald Eagles and the fishing Osprey. I
believe we saw three successful captures by Ospreys, the closest being
probably not much more than 150 feet away. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Quite a few passerine migrants were seen early in the day including good
numbers of vireos, flycatchers and swallows (especially Rough-wing) ,
numerous Catbirds, a couple of Brown Thrashers and a few Swainson’s and
Gray-cheeked Thrushes along with a nice variety of warblers. Perhaps most
noticeable this year so far has been the overall lack of Monarchs. Usually
by now we would have seen one or two days of large Monarch flights.
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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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