Geography/Habitat: Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris) is an uncommon to common migrant throughout the eastern half of Texas. In the western half of Texas, the bird is either rare or casual. West of Abilene, there are only a few records. Spring migrants predominantly pass through in May with a few beginning during the last week of April. Fall migration is predominantly … Read More
Bob reports 50 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 27 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Cooper’s Hawk 2 Mississippi Kite 12 Swallow-tailed Kite 3 American Kestrel 2 Merlin 1 Osprey 1 Northern Harrier 1 Lots of hummingbirds in the morning, a gator sighting, and a visit from a Houston Audubon group rounded out the day.
John and Lynn Wright report 112 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 14 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Swainson’s Hawk 2 Cooper’s Hawk 1 Osprey 1 Mississippi Kite 90 Swallow-tailed Kite 3 Local raptors included Black and Turkey Vultures, 2 Cooper’s Hawks, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk and 2 Crested Caracaras. Thunder started the count and they weren’t very hopeful for the day. As it … Read More
Bob reports 462 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 209 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 Cooper’s Hawk 6 Mississippi Kite 239 Swallow-tailed Kite 2 Osprey 1 Northern Harrier 1 Bald Eagle 1 (1st year bird) Another multiple hundred day aided by north winds that switched to southeast in the afternoon and shut it down. Joe Kennedy helped out today.
Bob reports 836 migrating raptors today. Now you’re talking! Broad-winged Hawk 520 Swainson’s Hawk 3 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Cooper’s Hawk 6 Mississippi Kite 300 Swallow-tailed Kite 2 American Kestrel 2 The wind was out of the NE this morning which accounted for most of the birds. It switched to the SE in the afternoon and things slowed … Read More