[Ontbirds] HSR: DRHW- Pointe Mouillee State Game Area (21 Oct 2008) 1270 Raptors

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Wed Oct 22 21:10:03 EDT 2008


DRHW- Pointe Mouillee State Game Area
Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2008
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture            1183          31184          31491
Osprey                       0              1             11
Bald Eagle                   2             17             46
Northern Harrier             0             39            125
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6            308           1078
Cooper's Hawk                3             50            131
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          6             41             45
Broad-winged Hawk            0             19         285546
Red-tailed Hawk             70            515            607
Rough-legged Hawk            0              2              2
Golden Eagle                 0             12             12
American Kestrel             0             72            390
Merlin                       0              2              7
Peregrine Falcon             0              1             13
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
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              5
Short-eared Owl              0              3              3

Total:                    1270          32269         319514
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Lathe Claflin, Rodney Laura

Visitors:
Saul Hanft
Paul Cypher
Mike Sefton
Ron Harkness
Will Webber


Weather:
After early morning cloudiness, gradual clearing was seen with mostly sunny
conditions remaining throughout the balance of the day. Winds were fairly
strong and brisk from the northwest varying somewhat to the
west-northwest.


Raptor Observations:
After last night’s rain and the passage of a cold front, today was perhaps
a bit slower than anticipated with the flight mainly a TV and Red-tail
event. I suspect that the front as it continued to move to the east blocked
any large movement of raptors. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Crows continued to move well today especially in the afternoon with some
particularly large groups noted late in the day. With the strong west winds
overnight, a large area of mudflat was in view at Pointe Mouillee today and
hundreds of feeding gulls were present, mostly Ring-bills but also good
numbers of Bonaparte’s. Shorebirds present included both Yellowlegs,
Dunlin, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plover, Killdeer and most
surprising, a possible Piping Plover.

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Report submitted by Calvin Brennan (common_raven at hotmail.com)
SMRR- Pointe Mouillee State Game Area information may be found at:
http://www.smrr.net/




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