Tad reports 54 migrating raptors today.
Broad-winged Hawk 38
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Cooper’s Hawk 2
Mississippi Kite 9
Northern Harrier 1
The first three hours of the count were interrupted by rain, but were made interesting by a string of 22 Magnificent Frigatebirds slowly coasting south along the shore. The rest of the day was pleasant with mild winds and sun but few raptors. About a half dozen visitors came to check things out. There were lots of passerines visible from the tower and in the mottes but also lots of mosquitoes in the mottes. David Sarkozi found a Mourning Warbler in the mottes. Other birds seen included Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Least Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Eastern Kingbird, Baltimore Oriole and Great Crested Flycatcher.
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