Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/23/21 (490 raptors)

Bob reports 490 migrating raptors today. Osprey 1 Mississippi Kite 40 Northern Harrier 13 Sharp-shinned Hawk 25 Cooper’s Hawk 18 Broad-winged Hawk 387 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Kestrel 4 Clear skies and winds shifting to the south made for a somewhat slow day. Other birds of note included two Olive-sided Flycatchers, one female Summer Tanager, a young Red-headed Woodpecker, and … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/22/21 (12,699 raptors)

Bob reports 12,699 migrating raptors today! Mississippi Kite 226 Northern Harrier 19 Sharp-shinned Hawk 182 Cooper’s Hawk 22 Broad-winged Hawk 12,234 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Kestrel 9 Merlin 9 It was quite a day with large kettles of Broad-wings circling, circling, circling! There wasn’t much time to note other species but an avocet was unusual enough to … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/21/21 (576 raptors)

Tad reports 576 migrating raptors today. Osprey 2 Mississippi Kite 19 Sharp-shinned Hawk 39 Cooper’s Hawk 1 Broad-winged Hawk 512 Merlin 1 Bald Eagle 2 It was a blue sky day with birds far out and hard to find. There weren’t many passerines. The birds of the day were the two adult Bald Eagles that came over side by side … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/20/21 (465 raptors)

Bob reports 465 migrating raptors today. Osprey 1 White-tailed Kite 1 Mississippi Kite 82 Sharp-shinned Hawk 31 Cooper’s Hawk 8 Broad-winged Hawk 340 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Merlin 1 A Vermilion Flycatcher was a nice surprise! Sara Harrison helped out today.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/19/21 (1023 raptors)

Bob reports 1023 migrating raptors today. Osprey 1 Mississippi Kite 216 Northern Harrier 2 Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 Cooper’s Hawk 3 Bald Eagle 1 Broad-winged Hawk 794 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Peregrine Falcon 2 Also 180 Anhinga and 13 Magnificent Frigatebirds.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/18/21 (975 raptors)

Bob reports 975 migrating raptors today. Osprey 3 Swallow-tailed Kite 13 Mississippi Kite 253 Northern Harrier 4 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Cooper’s Hawk 24 Broad-winged Hawk 671 American Kestrel 5 Peregrine Falcon 1 Other birds of note: Baltimore Oriole, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Wood Stork, and cuckoo species. There was a Peregrine chasing dragonflies much like a Merlin would. Interesting behavior to witness. … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/17/21 (44 raptors)

Bob reports 44 migrating raptors today. Osprey 1 Mississippi Kite 17 Northern Harrier 2 Cooper’s Hawk 2 Broad-winged Hawk 16 Swainson’s Hawk 1 American Kestrel 1 Merlin 1 Peregrine Falcon 3 Other critters of notes included over 1,000 very busy swallows darting to and fro, 22 Magnificent Frigatebirds, 4 Dickcissels, 1 Blue Grosbeak, 3 dolphins and Bob’s namesake a bobcat!

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/16/21 (96 raptors)

Bob reports 96 migrating raptors today. Mississippi Kite 71 Broad-winged Hawk 17 Swainson’s Hawk 5 Crested Caracara 1 Peregrine Falcon 2 Other birds of note: 55 Wood Storks. Marcy Brown, Linda Hoffman and Sara Harrison helped out today.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/15/21 (236 raptors)

Bob reports 236 migrating raptors today. Osprey 1 Swallow-tailed Kite 2 Mississippi Kite 225 Northern Harrier 1 Cooper’s Hawk 1 Broad-winged Hawk 3 Swainson’s Hawk 1 American Kestrel 2 Other birds included a Loggerhead Shrike, female Black-chinned Hummingbird, American Oystercatcher, and a Magnificent Frigatebird.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/12/21 (187 raptors)

Bob reports 187 migrating raptors today. Mississippi Kite 142 Northern Harrier 3 Broad-winged Hawk 38 Swainson’s Hawk 3 American Kestrel 1 Looks like we are going to be rained out for a few days. Stay safe everyone.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/11/21 (47 raptors)

Bob reports 47 migrating raptors today. Swallow-tailed Kite 2 Mississippi Kite 16 Northern Harrier 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 Cooper’s Hawk 3 Broad-winged Hawk 19 Swainson’s Hawk 1 American Kestrel 3 Two Wood Storks, two Olive-sided Flycatchers, 10 Dickcissels, several Blue Grosbeaks and a Baltimore Oriole represented the passerines today. Joe Kennedy and Marvin Masters helped out.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 9/10/21 (24 raptors)

Bob reports 24 migrating raptors today. Swallow-tailed Kite 3 Mississippi Kite 6 Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 Cooper’s Hawk 1 Bald Eagle 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Broad-winged Hawk 5 Swainson’s Hawk 2 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Kestrel 1 Merlin 1 Low total but a lot of diversity! The dragonflies stole the show again today. Jana and John Whittle and Billy Kleinpeter helped … Read More