Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/30/16 (92 raptors)

Another slowish day. Bob reports lots of American White Pelicans arriving. Broad-winged Hawk 14 Red-tailed Hawk 2 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 Cooper’s Hawk 8 Turkey Vulture 38 Black Vulture 5 American Kestrel 3 Osprey 1 Northern Harrier 7

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/29/16 (86 raptors)

Another day, another south wind. Where are the cold fronts?! The highlight of the day was a Wilson’s Snipe in the pond with a small alligator. Broad-winged Hawk 13 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 20 Cooper’s Hawk 7 Turkey Vulture 34 American Kestrel 2 Peregrine Falcon 1 Northern Harrier 6 White-tailed Kite 1

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/28/16 (87 raptors)

Not a stellar day but Bob reports several Magnificent Frigatebirds were a nice surprise. Broad-winged Hawk 10 Red-tailed Hawk 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk 18 Cooper’s Hawk 5 Small accipiter 1 Turkey Vulture 40 American Kestrel 6 Northern Harrier 3 White-tailed Kite 1

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/28/16 (201 raptors)

Sorry for the late post everyone. Bob reports a decent day and the first Franklin’s Gulls of the season (a couple hundred flew over the tower). Broad-winged Hawk 30 Red-tailed Hawk 4 Swainson’s Hawk 4 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 Cooper’s Hawk 23 Turkey Vulture 102 Black Vulture 6 American Kestrel 9 Peregrine Falcon 1 Merlin 1 Osprey 1 … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/26/16 (123 raptors)

Still raptors heading through but the bird of the day was a Western Kingbird. Broad-winged Hawk 60 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 10 Cooper’s Hawk 11 Small accipiter 2 Turkey Vulture 32 American Kestrel 5 Peregrine Falcon 1 Northern Harrier 1

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/25/16 (133 raptors)

A shortened day due to a flat tire that needed to be repaired! Broad-winged Hawk 70 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 Cooper’s Hawk 12 Turkey Vulture 23 American Kestrel 8 Merlin 1 Osprey 1 Northern Harrier 3

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/24/16 (408 raptors)

Another decent day. Thought I’d show off Bob’s new chair today. Broad-winged Hawk 346 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 23 Cooper’s Hawk 11 American Kestrel 21 Northern Harrier 6

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/23/16 (276 raptors)

Another decent day but no black-hawk. Seems likely that is migrated south (or somewhere) yesterday. Broad-winged Hawk 175 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 32 Cooper’s Hawk 18 Turkey Vulture 17 American Kestrel 16 Merlin 1 Northern Harrier 15

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/22/16 (466 raptors)

A fine, fine day! Lots of birds and great company at the watch. The Common Black-Hawk did not disappoint. At about 10:30 it rose up out of the south motte and circled right over the tower before heading off towards the north. It was not seen again so we can only assume it headed across the bay. Broad-winged Hawk 351 … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/21/16 (732 raptors)

The cold front did not disappoint! A great day and a new species for the count – an adult Common Black-Hawk! Bald Eagle 1 Common Black-Hawk 1 Broad-winged Hawk 296 Red-tailed Hawk 5 Swainson’s Hawk 24 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 White-tailed Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 128 Cooper’s Hawk 89 Turkey Vulture 140 American Kestrel 21 Peregrine Falcon 2 Merlin 1 Osprey … Read More

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/20/16 (22 raptors)

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…. Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 Cooper’s Hawk 2 Turkey Vulture 12 American Kestrel 1 Peregrine Falcon 2 Northern Harrier 1 Bob reports the winds shifted this afternoon so tomorrow should be great. He is really enjoying his new chair Gary and Denise! Thank you so much for supporting our great hawk watcher with such a wonderful gift!

Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/19/16 (164 raptors)

Still waitin’ on that cold front! Broad-winged Hawk 33 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 57 Cooper’s Hawk 20 Mississippi Kite 1 Turkey Vulture 33 American Kestrel 8 Peregrine Falcon 2 Northern Harrier 8