Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/6/20 (234 raptors)

John and Lynn Wright report 234 migrating raptors today. Osprey 4 Mississippi Kite 17 Northern Harrier 5 Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 Cooper’s Hawk 21 Bald Eagle 1 (juvenile) Broad-winged Hawk 161 Swainson’s Hawk 4 American Kestrel 15 Peregrine Falcon 1

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/5/20 (349 raptors)

Bob reports 349 migrating raptors today. Mississippi Kite 5 Northern Harrier 7 Sharp-shinned Hawk 29 Cooper’s Hawk 9 Bald Eagle 1 (first year) Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Broad-winged Hawk 270 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Kestrel 23 Merlin 2 Peregrine Falcon 1 The wind started NE but switched to SE pretty quickly. Marvin Masters helped out today.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/4/20 (1212 raptors)

Bob reports 1212 migrating raptors today. Mississippi Kite 43 Northern Harrier 38 Sharp-shinned Hawk 34 Cooper’s Hawk 41 Bald Eagle 1 (adult) Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Broad-winged Hawk 1002 Swainson’s Hawk 17 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Kestrel 30 Peregrine Falcon 4 The Broad-wings includes one dark adult and three dark unknown age. Those are always so awesome to see! A flock … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/3/20 (88 raptors)

Bob reports 88 migrating raptors today. Northern Harrier 10 Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 Cooper’s Hawk 13 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Broad-winged Hawk 2 Red-tailed Hawk 2 American Kestrel 43 Merlin 3 Peregrine Falcon 1 The sky was hazy all day with east southeast wind. The Blue Jays were still in full force though. Joe Kennedy helped out today.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/2/20 (2808 raptors)

Bob reports 2808 migrating raptors today. Osprey 1 Mississippi Kite 151 Northern Harrier 11 Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 Cooper’s Hawk 10 Bald Eagle 2 Broad-winged Hawk 2587 Swainson’s Hawk 2 Red-tailed Hawk 3 American Kestrel 13 Merlin 5 Peregrine Falcon 2 Lots of help today: Dave Hanson, Marvin Masters, Veta Hackell, Tom Gracanin, Linda Hoffman, John and Jana Whittle, and Ross … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/1/20 (2726 raptors)

Bob reports 2,726 migrating raptors today. Swallow-tailed Kite 1 Mississippi Kite 78 Northern Harrier 30 Sharp-shinned Hawk 42 Cooper’s Hawk 36 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 Broad-winged Hawk 2510 Red-tailed Hawk 3 Unidentified Buteo 1 American Kestrel 13 Merlin 3 Peregrine Falcon 7 At one point Bob had 125 Blue Jays around the tower at once!

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/30/20 (301 raptors)

Bob reports 301 migrating raptors today. Swallow-tailed Kite 2 Mississippi Kite 31 Northern Harrier 20 Sharp-shinned Hawk 42 Cooper’s Hawk 17 Broad-winged Hawk 179 Swainson’s Hawk 1 American Kestrel 9 Dave and Jan Hanson, Bob Mitchem and daughter Ann, and Jake and Ann from Baton Rouge helped today.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/29/20 (23179 raptors)

Wow what a day! Tad somehow always knows the days to be there. Osprey 1 Bald Eagle 1 Northern Harrier 5 Sharp-shinned Hawk 350 Cooper’s Hawk 93 Red-shouldered Hawk 3 Broad-winged Hawk 22,502 Swainson’s Hawk 3 White-tailed Hawk 1 American Kestrel 16 Mississippi Kite 203 Bob counted 177 Sharp-shinned Hawk between 7:00 and 8:00 am! Then Tad took over and … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/28/20 (680 raptors)

Bob reports 680 migrating raptors today. Mississippi Kite 132 Northern Harrier 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 140 Cooper’s Hawk 9 Broad-winged Hawk 381 American Kestrel 11 Merlin 5 Peregrine Falcon 1 Most of the birds came late in the day. Here’s hoping tomorrow’s good!

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/27/20 (278 raptors)

Bob report 278 migrating raptors today. Mississippi Kite 32 Sharp-shinned Hawk 140 Cooper’s Hawk 16 Broad-winged Hawk 88 Merlin 2 The sharpies ruled! South wind all day. 11 Magnificent Frigatebirds was nice. Hummers continue with a Rufous/Allen’s and a Black-chinned among the Ruby-throats today.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/26/20 (3900 raptors)

Bob reports 3900 migrating raptors today. Osprey 2 White-tailed Kite 1 Mississippi Kite 96 Northern Harrier 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk 72 Cooper’s Hawk 19 Broad-winged Hawk 3703 Swainson’s Hawk 4 Joe Kennedy helped today and we had groups visiting from Houston Audubon and Golden Triangle Audubon.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/25/20 (4895 raptors)

Bob report 4,895 migrating raptors today. Osprey 3 Mississippi Kite 72 Sharp-shinned Hawk 83 Cooper’s Hawk 13 Broad-winged Hawk 4709 Swainson’s Hawk 5 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Kestrel 6 Merlin 2 Peregrine Falcon 1 A great day for Sharpies! The winds started north and switched to light south in the afternoon. A kettle of 1900 Broad-wings at once hung at … Read More