Smith Point Hawk Watch 8/20/19 (21 raptors)

Tad reports 21 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 2 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Mississippi Kite 1 Swallow-tailed Kite 16 Marvin Masters and Tad Finnell had the watch today giving Bob his day off. Storms systems surrounded the tower most of the day but very little rain fell. Highlight was the first group of nine Swallow-tailed Kites coming in … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/19/19 (6 raptors)

Bob reports 6 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 1 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Swallow-tailed Kite 3 White-tailed Kite 1 First White-tailed Kite of the season but the three Swallow-tails in the sky together was the highlight. Still need a 21 inch tv for the trailer so Bob can watch football this fall! Anybody?

Smith Point Hawk Watch 8/17/19 (17 raptors)

Bob reports 17 migrating raptors today. Swainson’s Hawk 6 Cooper’s Hawk 1 Mississippi Kite 4 Swallow-tailed Kite 5 Northern Harrier 1 Strong south winds retarded the flight but 19 flyover Wilson’s Phalaropes and a single Dickcissel were nice fall migrants. Thanks to Joe Kennedy for his help today and for visitor’s David Sarkozi and John Berner.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 8/16/19 (29 raptors)

Slow day after the big start yesterday. Only 29 birds today. Broad-winged Hawk 20 Swainson’s Hawk 3 Mississippi Kite 3 Swallow-tailed Kite 2 Osprey 1 Bob reports the tv in the trailer is on the fritz. Any one want to donate a small one to his cause?

Smith Point Hawk Watch 8/15/19 (737 raptors)

Well we’re off to a great start! Bob counted 737 raptors on the first day of the count. Broad-winged Hawk 15 Swainson’s Hawk 2 Mississippi Kite 716 Swallow-tailed Kite 4 Other birds included a couple of local Cooper’s Hawks, a local Red-shouldered Hawk, three Magnificent Frigatebirds and lots of White Ibis. Come on down and enjoy the count!

GCBO Bird of the Month – Wood Stork

Geography/Habitat: Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) is uncommon to locally common post breeding summer visitor to the Texas coast and inland to the eastern third of the state. West of the I-35 corridor, they are very rare due to the lack of wetland areas. A few may stay the winter in the South Texas Brush country. Half a century ago, Wood … Read More

Active Summertime Reptiles

By Amelia Grider As summer has rolled around and temperatures have steadily increased, the activity levels of many organisms have also increased. Mammals, insects, birds, and even plants are enjoying the warmer weather and plentiful resources. However, one group’s increased activity levels can lead to particularly unpleasant encounters. Reptiles, specifically snakes and alligators, are some of the most feared and … Read More

Oystercatcher Diaries 2019: Field Week 19

By Susan Heath Well folks, there’s good news and bad news. I was joined on Wednesday, July 3 by Alan Wilde, Amanda Hackney, and my sister Kay Heath to monitor the skimmers and the remaining oystercatcher activity.  Unfortunately the weather did not allow us to get much done. I checked the radar when I woke up at 6:00 and there … Read More

Oystercatcher Diaries 2019: Field Week 18

By Susan Heath I’m beginning to get a complex about the weather. This season has just been awful with wind and now rain. I wasn’t able to go to Drum Bay on Tuesday to check on the chick there because there were heavy thunderstorms all day. I rescheduled that for Friday in combination with East Matagorda Bay which would mean … Read More

Wood Storks

wood storks in crawfish ponds

By Susan Heath It’s that time of year again when it takes something pretty cool (pun intended) to get me outside on the weekend. Since I spend a good part of my work days outside, I’m pretty fond of sitting in the air conditioning on summer weekends. But there is one bird that’s worth looking for and I’ve just started … Read More