Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/20/19 (13 raptors)

Bob reports 13 migrating raptors today. Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 Turkey Vulture 8 Northern Harrier 3 The wind was out of the southeast most of the day. Birds of the day was a flock of 2,500 cormorants with some white pelicans mixed in.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/19/19 (290 raptors)

Joe reports 290 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 9 Red-tailed Hawk 7 Swainson’s Hawk 2 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Cooper’s Hawk 4 Turkey Vulture 245 Black Vulture 11 American Kestrel 1 Merlin 1 Northern Harrier 8 White-tailed Kite 1 Several local Red-tails, Red-shouldered and caracaras. A Great Blue Heron and several Orange-crowned Warblers lit on the tower. Lots of swallows, dragonflies … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/18/19 (345 raptors)

Bob reports 345 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 9 Red-tailed Hawk 9 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 Cooper’s Hawk 5 Turkey Vulture 305 American Kestrel 1 Northern Harrier 8 Best bird was an intermediate immature Red-tailed Hawk.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/17/19 (166 raptors)

Bob reports 166 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 13 Red-tailed Hawk 12 Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 Cooper’s Hawk 6 Turkey Vulture 105 Black Vulture 11 Osprey 1 Northern Harrier 9 Bald Eagle 2 (one adult, one subadult) A Red-tailed Hawk landed on the pole on the tower with the wind ribbon! Wow I bet he/she was surprised to find Bob staring … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/16/19 (351 raptors)

Bob reports 351 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 13 Red-tailed Hawk 6 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 Cooper’s Hawk 6 Turkey Vulture 295 Black Vulture 21 Peregrine Falcon 1 Northern Harrier 1 Bald Eagle 3 (adult, subadult and juvenile) Northeast winds switched to south and shut things down. Joe Kennedy helped out today.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/15/19 (797 raptors)

Bob reports 797 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 68 Red-tailed Hawk 74 Swainson’s Hawk 2 Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 Cooper’s Hawk 24 Turkey Vulture 581 Black Vulture 8 American Kestrel 1 Northern Harrier 21 Ferruginous Hawk 1 (light immature) What a great day! In addition the Ferruginous Hawk there was a dark adult Harlan’s Hawk, and the sky was filled with … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/13/19 (390 raptors)

Bob reports 390 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 53 Red-tailed Hawk 8 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Cooper’s Hawk 4 Turkey Vulture 311 Black Vulture 10 Northern Harrier 3 Birds of the day were two Wood Storks and five Sandhill Cranes. No visitors or helpers today. Bob was lonely!

Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/12/19 (78 raptors)

Winnie reports 78 migrating raptors today. Red-tailed Hawk 2 Cooper’s Hawk 1 Turkey Vulture 70 American Kestrel 1 Northern Harrier 2 White-tailed Kite 1 Bald Eagle 1 Lots of birds in the sky but most weren’t going anywhere. Interesting observations included a flock of over 300 migrating Killdeer and a crow (unusual at Smith Point).

Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/10/19 (59 raptors)

Bob reports 59 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 12 Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 Cooper’s Hawk 1 Turkey Vulture 34 Merlin 1 Northern Harrier 4 White-tailed Kite 1 Bald Eagle 2 A flock of 63 Red-breasted Mergansers flew out over the bay today. Neat. Marvin Masters helped out today.

Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/9/19 (999 raptors)

Bob reports 999 migrating raptors today. Broad-winged Hawk 189 Red-tailed Hawk 11 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 Cooper’s Hawk 12 Turkey Vulture 749 American Kestrel 3 Osprey 2 Northern Harrier 12 Bald Eagle 5 (2 adults and 3 juveniles) One dark Red-tailed Hawk wowed everyone and there were lots of Anhinga, White Ibis, and American White Pelicans to keep … Read More