Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/17/17 (2622 raptors)

Tad reports 2622 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 2273 Red-tailed Hawk 6 Swainson’s Hawk 39 Red-shouldered Hawk 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk 55 Cooper’s Hawk 50 Turkey Vulture 127 Black Vulture 49 American Kestrel 4 Peregrine Falcon 2 Merlin 1 Osprey 1 Northern Harrier 6 White-tailed Kite 1 Bald Eagle 5 Highlight was 5 Bald Eagles in air at once! It was … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/16/17 (1341 raptors)

Bob reports 1585 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 1341 Red-tailed Hawk 4 Swainson’s Hawk 8 Harris’s Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 69 Cooper’s Hawk 32 Mississippi Kite 1 Turkey Vulture 95 American Kestrel 22 Peregrine Falcon 3 Merlin 1 Northern Harrier 8 Great day for dark morph birds – 3 dark morph Broad-wing Hawks and 1 immature dark Swainson’s Hawk.

Smith Point Hawk Watch, 10/15/17 (2131 raptors)

Bob reports 2131 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 1855 Red-tailed Hawk 4 Swainson’s Hawk 20 Red-shouldered Hawk 4 White-tailed Hawk 1 Harris’s Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 101 Cooper’s Hawk 40 Mississippi Kite 1 Turkey Vulture 48 Black Vulture 8 American Kestrel 29 Peregrine Falcon 3 Merlin 1 Osprey 2 Northern Harrier 13 2 Magnificent Frigatebirds remain. An adult Harris’s Hawk, … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/14/17 (3302 raptors)

Bob reports 3302 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 3089 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Swainson’s Hawk 20 Sharp-shinned Hawk 67 Coooper’s Hawk 41 Mississippi Kite 1 Turkey Vulture 32 Black Vulture 10 American Kestrel 18 Peregrine Falcon 1 Osprey 2 Northern Harrier 19 Bald Eagle 1 Still one frigatebird hanging around.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/13/17 (2423 raptors)

Bob reports 2423 raptors migrating today. Broad-winged Hawk 2159 Red-tailed Hawk 5 Swainson’s Hawk 34 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 82 Cooper’s Hawk 52 Small Accipiter 3 Mississippi Kite 8 Turkey Vulture 18 Black Vulture 10 American Kestrel 32 Merlin 1 Osprey 3 Northern Harrier 13 Bald Eagle 2 Three Wood Storks, 1 frigatebird, many White Ibis and white pelicans. … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/12/17 (2001 raptors)

Bob reports 2001 migrating raptors today! Broad-winged Hawk 1694 Red-tailed Hawk 7 Swainson’s Hawk 30 Red-shouldered Hawk 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk 56 Cooper’s Hawk 57 Mississippi Kite 5 White-tailed kite 2 Turkey Vulture 81 Black Vulture 22 American Kestrel 12 Peregrine Falcon 2 Merlin 1 Osprey 1 Northern Harrier 26 Bald Eagle 2 200 American White Pelicans, Lots of swallows, a … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/11/17 (4075 raptors)

Bob reports 4075 migrating raptors today. Finally some birds! Broad-winged Hawk 3514 Red-tailed Hawk 19 Swainson’s Hawk 49 Red-shouldered Hawk 3 White-tailed Hawk 2 Sharp-shinned Hawk 223 Cooper’s Hawk 73 Mississippi Kite 23 Turkey Vulture 70 Black Vulture 19 American Kestrel 25 Peregrine Falcon 2 Merlin 2 Osprey 3 Northern Harrier 47 Bald Eagle 1 Over 200 white pelicans and … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/10/17 (431 raptors)

Tad reports 431 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 85 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Swainson’s Hawk 6 Sharp-shinned Hawk 230 Cooper’s Hawk 14 Mississippi Kite 8 American Kestrel 75 Peregrine Falcon 2 Merlin 5 Osprey 1 Northern Harrier 3 Bald Eagle 1 Amazing number of birds going over. Season’s first Sandhill Cranes. Lots of shorebirds and accipiters everywhere. Bob’s gonna have a … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/9/17 (79 raptors)

Bob reports only 79 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 33 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 20 Cooper’s Hawk 7 Mississippi Kite 6 American Kite 6 Peregrine Falcon 3 Osprey 1 Northern Harrier 2 One lone American White Pelican. Looking for things to pick up over the next few days after the cold front!

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/8/17 (311 raptors)

Bob reports 311 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 150 Red-tailed Hawk 3 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned 68 Cooper’s Hawk 35 Mississippi Kite 11 American Kestrel 32 Peregrine Falcon 4 Merlin 1 Osprey 3 Northern Harrier 2 Four Magnificent Frigatebirds and a nice falcon showing with decent accipiters.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/7/17 (133 raptors)

Bob reports a slow day today with only 133 migrating raptors. Broad-winged Hawk 10 Sharp-shinned Hawk 88 Cooper’s Hawk 17 Mississippi Kite 8 American Kestrel 8 Peregrine Falcon 1 Northern Harrier 1 One Magnificent Frigatebird hanging around. Here’s hoping for a better day tomorrow when the participants of the Bill Clark Raptor Id Workshop will be visiting the Point!

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/6/17 (221 raptors)

Bob reports 221 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 146 Sharp-shinned Hawk 40 Cooper’s Hawk 14 Mississippi Kite 14 American Kestrel 13 Peregrine Falcon 2 Merlin 2 Osprey 1 Northern Harrier 1 Over 40 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers around the tower today! It’s that time of year. The flycatchers will stack up as they contemplate making the bay crossing.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/5/17 (1771 raptors)

Bob reports a total of 1771 migrating raptors. Broad-winged Hawk 1396 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 267 Cooper’s Hawk 23 Mississippi Kite 30 American Kestrel 45 Peregrine Falcon 2 Merlin 2 Northern Harrier 3 White-tailed Kite 1 Also a flock of 170 American White Pelicans.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/4/17 (536 raptors)

Bob reports 536 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 249 Red-tailed Hawk 3 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 149 Cooper’s Hawk 29 Mississippi Kite 75 American Kestrel 22 Peregrine Falcon 2 Osprey 1 Northern Harrier 5 Also 30 American White Pelicans and 1 Magnificent Frigatebird.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/3/17 (7 raptors)

Well the rain really did a number so to speak on the count today. Tad reports only 7 migrating birds and they were all Sharp-shinned Hawks! Maybe Bob will have a better day tomorrow.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/2/17 (510 raptors)

Bob reports a total of 510 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 359 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 80 Cooper’s Hawk 17 Small Accipiter 1 Mississippi Kite 29 American Kestrel 14 Peregrine Falcon 3 Merlin 2 Northern Harrier 4 There was a lot of rain early which closed down the count several times. First thing in the morning there was a … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/1/17 (670 raptors)

Bob reports 670 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 477 Swainson’s Hawk 2 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 Sharp-shinned Hawk 76 Cooper’s Hawk 17 Small accipiter 8 Mississippi Kite 44 American Kestrel 30 Peregrine Falcon 4 Merlin 1 Northern Harrier 9 Observers reported a possible Couch’s Kingbird. Many white pelicans today with one flock of 130 and another of 110.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/30/17 (673 raptors)

673 Broad-winged Hawk 480 Red-tailed Hawk 3 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 Harris’s Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 75 Cooper’s Hawk 36 Mississippi Kite 58 American Kestrel 13 Peregrine Falcon 4 Northern Harrier 1 1 Wood Stork still hanging around. There is a Snowy Plover at Robbins Park. If you walk around in the mottes looking for passerines, beware of ticks!

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/29/17 (1783 raptors)

Bob reports 1783 migrating raptors today. Broad–winged Hawk 1432 Red-tailed Hawk 4 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 208 Cooper’s Hawk 66 Mississippi Kite 36 American Kestrel 23 Peregrine Falcon 3 Merlin 4 Osprey 1 Northern Harrier 4 The Nature Discovery Center group found a male Cerulean Warbler in one of the mottes! Also some Wood Storks hanging … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/28/17 (317 raptors)

Bob reports 317 raptors today. Things should pick up considerably over the next several days. Broad-winged Hawk 136 Red-tailed Hawk 8 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 93 Cooper’s Hawk 37 Small accipiter 10 Mississippi Kite 10 Swallow-tailed Kite 1 American Kestrel 5 Peregrine Falcon 7 Merlin 4 Osprey 2 Northern Harrier 2 Bald Eagle 1 An adult Bald Eagle was … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/27/17 (202 raptors)

Bob reports 202 raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 96 Red-tailed Hawk 2 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 44 Cooper’s Hawk 22 Mississippi Kite 25 American Kestrel 6 Peregrine Falcon 3 Merlin 3 The Common Loon of the season made an appearance and the gang of 8 frigatebirds returned. Also the alligator in the pond by the tower was growling!

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/26/17 (245 raptors)

Tad reports 245 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 141 Sharp-shinned 57 Cooper’s Hawk 16 Mississippi Kite 16 American Kestrel 6 Merlin 4 Osprey 5 The kite from yesterday turned out to be a young Mississippi Kite. Fooled everyone!

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/25/17 (525 raptors)

Bob reports 525 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 219 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 Cooper’s Hawk 5 Mississippi Kite 258 American Kestrel 10 Peregrine Falcon 2 Merlin 5 Osprey 2 Northern Harrier 2 And an odd looking kite photos of which have been sent off for review. Stay tuned!

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/24/17 (214 raptors)

Where’d the birds go? Broad-winged Hawk 117 Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 Cooper’s Hawk 9 Mississippi Kite 74 American Kestrel 1 Peregrine Falcon 1 Merlin 3 Osprey 3 Northern Harrier 2 Bob reports a great Merlin show today and Nina found the pictured Water Moccasin on one of the paths to the mottes. Be careful out there.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/23/17 (2380 raptors)

Bob reports 2380 raptors. Another great day! Broad-winged Hawk 2012 Red-tailed Hawk 3 Swainson’s Hawk 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 Cooper’s Hawk 30 Mississippi Kite 303 Swallow-tailed Kite 1 American Kestrel 5 Peregrine Falcon 1 Merlin 4 Osprey 1 Northern Harrier 2 Also some nice passerine migrants. Yellow-throated Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Black and White Warbler, Nashville Warbler and Blue Grosbeak.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/22/17 (1897 raptors)

Good day today! Bob reports 1897 migrating raptors. Broad-winged Hawk 1078 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 Cooper’s Hawk 32 Mississippi Kite 756 Swallow-tailed Kite 3 American Kestrel 2 Peregrine Falcon 1 Merlin 3 Osprey 2 Northern Harrier 3

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/20/17 (185 raptors)

Another slow day! Darn those south winds. Bob reports 185 migrating raptors. Broad-winged Hawk 116 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Cooper’s Hawk 1 Mississippi Kite 64 Peregrine Falcon 1 Merlin 1 Northern Harrier 1 Lots of hummers and the gang of 8 frigatebirds kept things interesting.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/19/17 (274 raptors)

Tad reports 274 migrating raptors today: Broad-winged Hawk 139 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 White-tailed Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Cooper’s Hawk 4 Mississippi Kite 126 Swallow-tailed Kite 1 In the morning there were lots and lots of Dickcissels, warblers and Eastern Kingbirds passing through.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/18/17 (81)

Bob reports 81 birds today. Broad-winged Hawk 24 Swainson’s Hawk 2 Mississippi Kite 52 Peregrine Falcon 1 Merlin 2 Also a lone American White Pelican, 8 frigatebirds at once, a Black-chinned Hummingbird, and possibly a Rufous Hummingbird. The road is out on FM 562 south of SH 61 and also on FM 1985 east of Anahuac NWR so to get … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/17/17 (218 raptors)

Bob reports a total of 218 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 165 Red-tailed Hawk 2 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Cooper’s Hawk 6 Mississippi Kite 38 Peregrine Falcon 2 After a nice morning, strong south winds in the afternoon shut things down pretty quickly.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/16/17 (270 raptors)

Bob reports 270 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 184 Red-tailed Hawk 3 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Cooper’s Hawk 4 Mississippi Kite 69 Osprey 2 Northern Harrier 2 Merlin 4 Also White-eyed Vireo, Yellow Warbler and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.