[Ontbirds] HSR: DRHW- Pointe Mouillee State Game Area (18 Nov 2008) 123 Raptors

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Tue Nov 18 19:11:27 EST 2008


DRHW- Pointe Mouillee State Game Area
Michigan, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2008
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              27            405          34503
Osprey                       0              0             11
Bald Eagle                   0              4             54
Northern Harrier             3             11            143
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4             29           1135
Cooper's Hawk                3             20            164
Northern Goshawk             0              0              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             47            143
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0         285546
Red-tailed Hawk             78            541           1496
Rough-legged Hawk            0              8             12
Golden Eagle                 5             40             59
American Kestrel             0              1            391
Merlin                       0              1              9
Peregrine Falcon             0              1             14
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              0              5
Short-eared Owl              0              1              4

Total:                     123           1109         323691
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Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter:        Calvin Brennan

Observers:        Fred Kirn, John Elliott, Lathe Claflin, Rodney Laura

Weather:
Today saw sunny skies with just a bit of cumulous cloud cover in the
afternoon. Winds were moderate but gusty and brisk from the northwest
varying to the west-northwest.


Raptor Observations:
A fairly steady movement of birds was recorded distributed fairly evenly
throughout the day before tapering off sharply in the mid afternoon. While
predictably dominated by Red-tails, the movement had a fair diversity
highlighted by the handful of Golden Eagles recorded. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Large numbers of Tundra Swans are now present in the Pointe Mouillee area
with several hundred feeding there at any given time today and many more
moving overhead throughout the day. Huge groups of diving ducks were also
present (Scaup and Redheads). Several groups of Sandhill Cranes were noted
today southbound, the largest single group numbering almost 60 birds. 

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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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