Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/18/18 (1295 raptors)


Bob reports 1295 migrating raptors today.

Broad-winged Hawk 1224
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Swainson’s Hawk 6
White-tailed Hawk 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 18
Cooper’s Hawk 7
Turkey Vulture 12
American Kestrel 7
Peregrine Falcon 4
Merlin 2
Osprey 1
Northern Harrier 8
White-tailed Kite 1
Bald Eagle 1

A fun day with spoonbills, Wood Storks, and White Ibis in the Broad-winged kettles and our first dark Broad-winged Hawk of the season. Sara Harrison captured the above encounter with a Peregrine Falcon and a Red-tailed Hawk. Good looks at a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Gray Catbird and two Rufous Hummingbirds. Sara Harrison, Craig Geoffroy, and Regina Tippett helped out today.

The Smith Point Hawk Watch is funded entirely through donations and grants. We have received a number of donations! Thank you! We still need additional funding however. If you would like to make a contribution, you can do so on our website. We appreciate the support very much!