Bob reports 599 migrating raptors today. Turkey Vulture 426 Osprey 5 Northern Harrier 15 Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 Cooper’s Hawk 15 I identified accipiter 1 Bald Eagle 9 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 Broad-winged Hawk 72 Swainson’s Hawk 3 Red-tailed Hawk 36 American Kestrel 1 A great north wind day. Lots of Snow Geese and white Pelicans. Joe Kennedy, Winnie Burkett and Marvin … Read More
Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/18/21 (110 raptors)
Bob reports 110 migrating raptors today. Turkey Vulture 52 Northern Harrier 7 Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 Cooper’s Hawk 11 Unidentified accipiter 1 Broad-winged Hawk 4 Red-tailed Hawk 18 The wind was strong out of the north and brought those Red-tails! Lost an hour to rain in the morning but it brightened up again around 10:00.
Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/17/21 (0 raptors)
Bob reports 0 migrating raptors today! Strong SE winds killed it. Three Western Kingbirds still hanging around and seven local Black Vultures kept Bob entertained.
Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/16/21 (20 raptors)
Tad reports 20 migrating raptors today. Turkey Vulture 11 Northern Harrier 4 White-tailed Kite 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 American Kestrel 3 Strong south winds shut down the hawk migration. The two Western Kingbirds continue! Sixteen Snow Geese flew low over the tower in the morning.
Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/15/21 (9 raptors)
Bob reports 9 migrating raptors today. Northern Harrier 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 Cooper’s Hawk 2 Slow day. Two oystercatchers and two Western Kingbirds.
Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/14/21 (41 raptors)
Bob reports 41 migrating raptors today. Turkey Vulture 30 White-tailed Kite 1 Northern Harrier 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 Cooper’s Hawk 2 Bald Eagle 2 The wind was mild out of the SE. Three close Common Loons, two Western Kingbirds, and about 150 Greater White-fronted Geese. Veda Hackell helped out today. Thank you Ashley and Doug for the $100 donation!
Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/13/21 (495 raptors)
Bob reports 495 migrating raptors today. Black Vulture 11 Turkey Vulture 394 Northern Harrier 13 Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 Cooper’s Hawk 8 Bald Eagle 10 Broad-winged Hawk 35 Swainson’s Hawk 4 Red-tailed Hawk 6 North wind all day! About 500 Sandhill Cranes, lots of Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese. Marvin Masters, Joe Kennedy and Veda Hackell helped out today.
Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/12/21 (186 raptors)
Bob reports 186 migrating raptors today. Black Vulture 21 Turkey Vulture 115 Northern Harrier 8 Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 Cooper’s Hawk 11 Bald Eagle 2 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 Broad-winged Hawk 12 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Kestrel 7 The wind was out of the NE in the morning but switched S and then W. 600 Franklin’s Gulls in two separate groups flew … Read More
Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/11/21 (18 raptors)
Bob reports 18 migrating raptors today. Northern Harrier 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 Cooper’s Hawk 3 Bald Eagle 1 Broad-winged Hawk 1 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 2 American Kestrel 1 The cold front didn’t bring much. Hopefully tomorrow. Others birds of note included one Sandhill Crane, one spoonbill, four crow species, and four Scissor-tailed Flycatchers still hanging in there.
Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/10/21 (2 raptors)
Bob reports two migrating raptors today. Northern Harrier 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Strong south winds cut down the flight today. Other birds of note were two Common Loons out in the bay, 16 White-faced Ibis and four Scissor-tailed Flycatchers still hanging around.
Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/9/21 (118 raptors)
Joe reports 118 migrating raptors today. Turkey Vulture 94 Black Vulture 20 Northern Harrier 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 Cooper’s Hawk 15 Broad-winged Hawk 3 There were almost no other migrants except for six white pelicans and two hummingbirds. The Song Sparrows are back on territory at the point.
Smith Point Hawk Watch 11/8/21 (24 raptors)
Bob reports 24 migrating raptors today. Turkey Vulture 7 Northern Harrier 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 Cooper’s Hawk 1 Bald Eagle 1 Harris’s Hawk 1 (may be same individual as yesterday) Broad-winged Hawk 5 Swainson’s Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 It was a slow day with NE winds turning E.