Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/6/21 (1011 raptors)

Bob reports 1011 migrating raptors today. Osprey 1 Mississippi Kite 23 Northern Harrier 15 Sharp-shinned Hawk 57 Cooper’s Hawk 29 Broad-winged Hawk 866 American Kestrel 18 Merlin 1 Peregrine Falcon 1 Other birds of note included 7 frigatebirds, 17 white pelicans, Indigo Buntings, Blue Grosbeaks, Dickcissels, and one Eastern Phoebe.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/5/21 (7503 raptors)

Fran and Randy Holmes report 7503 migrating raptors today. Mississippi Kite 72 Sharp-shinned Hawk 194 Cooper’s Hawk 201 Broad-winged Hawk 7031 Swainson’s Hawk 5 A great day with lots of folks to help count!

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/4/21 (4495 raptors)

Bob reports 4495 migrating raptors today. Mississippi Kite 61 Northern Harrier 8 Sharp-shinned Hawk 318 Cooper’s Hawk 68 Bald Eagle 3 White-tailed Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Broad-winged Hawk 4001 Swainson’s Hawk 8 Red-tailed Hawk 3 American Kestrel 6 Merlin 7 Peregrine Falcon 9 A great north wind day! Scissor-tailed Flycatchers put in a good showing for the first time, … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/3/21 (2339 raptors)

Bob reports 2339 migrating raptors today. Osprey 2 Mississippi Kite 179 Northern Harrier 8 Sharp-shinned Hawk 43 Cooper’s Hawk 44 Broad-winged Hawk 2034 Swainson’s Hawk 3 Red-tailed Hawk 2 American Kestrel 4 Merlin 4 Peregrine Falcon 16 Mild north winds all day produced an excellent flight. Other birds of note included a Prairie Warbler and a flock of 60 white … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/2/21 (68 raptors)

Bob reports 68 migrating raptors today. Swallow-tailed Kite 1 Mississippi Kite 49 Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 Cooper’s Hawk 3 Broad-winged Hawk 5 Swainson’s Hawk 1 American Kestrel 3 Other birds of note included two frigatebirds, 16 Blue Jays, six Blue Grosbeaks, Brown Thrasher, and House Wren. We had our 25th Anniversary Celebration today. Although it rained a bit we had a … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/30/21 (102 raptors)

Bob reports 102 migrating raptors today. Mississippi Kite 34 Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 Broad-winged Hawk 65 Merlin 1 Light east winds didn’t bring the birds and rain midday caused a brief break from the tower. Marvin Masters helped out today. Don’t forget our 25th anniversary celebration this Saturday from 10:00 to 1:00. We will have free food, live hand-held raptors, talks, … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/29/21 (69 raptors)

Bob reports 69 migrating raptors today. Mississippi Kite 67 Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 South wind and rain showers put a damper on bird migration. Three frigatebirds provided some relief from the empty skies.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/28/21 (54 raptors)

Randy and Fran report 54 migrating raptors today. Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Mississippi Kite 54 American Kestrel 1 Merlin 1 Lots of local raptors flying about and 13 frigatebirds. Thunderstorms chased them off the tower in the afternoon.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/27/21 (531 raptors)

Bob reports 531 migrating raptors today. Mississippi Kite 151 Northern Harrier 5 Sharp-shinned Hawk 27 Cooper’s Hawk 6 Broad-winged Hawk 338 American Kestrel 1 Merlin 2 Peregrine Falcon 1 East wind all with 50% cloud cover. Doesn’t make for a good flight. Other birds of note were a couple of frigatebirds.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/26/21 (216 raptors)

Bob reports 216 migrating raptors today. Turkey Vulture 95 Osprey 3 Swallow-tailed Kite 1 Mississippi Kite 58 Northern Harrier 2 Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 Cooper’s Hawk 20 Broad-winged Hawk 19 American Kestrel 1 Well in Bob’s own words “it wasn’t yesterday”! Moderate east winds and fairly clear skies made for tough counting. Other birds of note include Brown Thrasher, two frigatebirds … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/25/21 (18,296 raptors)

Bob reports 18,296 migrating raptors today! Osprey 2 Swallow-tailed Kite 3 Mississippi Kite 437 Northern Harrier 7 Sharp-shinned Hawk 39 Cooper’s Hawk 48 Broad-winged Hawk 17,746 Swainson’s Hawk 2 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Kestrel 8 Merlin 3 Birds started coming in the 1-2 hour with more in the following hours. NE winds all day aided this flight! Other birds of … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/25/21 (509 raptors)

Bob reports 509 migrating raptors today. Swallow-tailed Kite 1 Mississippi Kite 369 Northern Harrier 11 Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 Cooper’s Hawk 7 Broad-winged Hawk 97 Red-tailed Hawk 2 American Kestrel 7 Merlin 2 Peregrine Falcon 1 Other birds included a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak and the first frigatebird since the front.