By Susan Heath I was joined by Alan Wilde (Galveston Master Naturalists), Taylor Bennett (GCBO Coastal Biologist) and Morgan Barnes (GCBO intern) for our oystercatcher survey this week. The weather was bad on Wednesday so we had to move it to Thursday. It was cold but fortunately sunny and not very windy. On Sunday, while Alan was kayaking he discovered … Read More
By Susan Heath It’s that time again! Welcome to the Oystercatcher Diaries 2020. We did our first official oystercatcher survey on Tuesday and things are starting to happen. As is the case every year Struve Luci in West Galveston Bay has the early nesters. On January 31, we stopped by to do a check on them while out doing other … Read More
Bob reports one migrating Peregrine Falcon and one migrating Sharp-shinned Hawk today. Today is the official end of the season at Smith Point! Marvin Masters and Sara Harrison helped out today. I’d like to acknowledge all of our volunteers though. Thank you Craig Geoffroy, Jim Peterson, Joe Kennedy, John Whittle, Justin Bosler, Linda Hoffman, Lynn Wright, Marcy Brown, Mark Swanson, … Read More
Bob reports 79 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 2 Red-tailed Hawk 27 White-tailed Hawk 2 Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 Cooper’s Hawk 1 Turkey Vulture 28 Black Vulture 9 Northern Harrier 5 Bald Eagle 1 Golden Eagle 2 (both young birds) Finally a Golden Eagle! Was expecting them any day now. They always come late in the season on a nice north … Read More
Tad reports 8 migrating raptors today. Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Kestrel 1 Northern Harrier 1 Turkey Vulture 5 Strong southerly winds with overcast skies and potential for rain may have kept the birds away. A flock of 60 white pelicans was about the only thing else seen other than periodic flyby passerines and lots of swallows.
Bob reports 333 migrating raptors today. Red-tailed Hawk 5 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Turkey Vulture 291 Black Vulture 25 Northern Harrier 7 Bald Eagle 3 (1 ad, 2 juv) White-tailed Kite 1 American White Pelicans were coming by all day with an estimated 1,000 total. Regina Tippett and Dave and Jan Hanson helped out today.
Bob reports 563 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 11 Red-tailed Hawk 17 Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 Cooper’s Hawk 14 Turkey Vulture 480 Black Vulture 21 American Kestrel 1 Peregrine Falcon 1 Merlin 1 Northern Harrier 9 An intermediate morph Red-tailed Hawk entertained for a while but the highlight was a total of 226 Sandhill Cranes that came over calling in several … Read More
Bob reports only 3 migrating raptors today before he had to give it up because of rain. Merlin 1 Peregrine Falcon 2 There was some excitement though! The Merlin swooped down behind one of the houses and nailed a Killdeer. It flew over to post and began to chow down when a kestrel flew in and attempted to steal the … Read More