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Posted by: bbharry72 | 15 November 2015

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 15

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 15. Moderate northeast wind shifted to east midday. The last day, always a little sad but you know it is the right time to wrap it up. This is a wonderful site to hawkwatch and to enjoy the species richness of all the other flying creatures. Thanks to all who helped with the count, it was appreciated and needed. Thanks to all the guests for their enthusiasm and helping to make my days even more fun. Adios, Bob
Migrants
5 Northern Harriers
2 Sharp-shinned Hawks
2 Cooper’s Hawks
4 Broad-winged Hawks
1 Red-tailed Hawks
3 Swainson’s Hawks

2015 Smith Point YTD
Black Vulture 117
Turkey Vulture 1114
Osprey 72
Bald Eagle 10
Northern Harrier 416
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1912
Cooper’s Hawk 1241
Red-shouldered Hawk 37
Broad-winged Hawk 19900
Red-tailed Hawk 116
Swainson’s Hawk 574
Ferruginous Hawk 0
White-tailed Hawk 4
Harris’s Hawk 0
Zone-tailed Hawk 0
Golden Eagle 1
American Kestrel 544
Merlin 62
Peregrine Falcon 79
Prairie Falcon 0
Crested Caracara 1
Mississippi Kite 4925
Swallow-tailed Kite 99
White-tailed Kite 14
Hook-billed Kite 0
unidentified Accipiter 8
unidentified Buteo 4
unidentified falcon 0
unidentified eagle 0
unidentified raptor 0
Total 31250

Posted by: bbharry72 | 14 November 2015

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 14

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 14. Moderate northeast winds with healthy gusts shifted to strong east winds around 1000. Joe Kennedy and Jana and John Whittle helped with the count. Bob
Migrants
28 Turkey Vultures
1 Osprey
2 Northern Harriers
1 Sharp-shinned Hawks
2 Cooper’s Hawks
2 Broad-winged Hawks
3 Red-tailed Hawks
4 Swainson’s Hawks

2015 Smith Point YTD
Black Vulture 117
Turkey Vulture 1114
Osprey 72
Bald Eagle 10
Northern Harrier 411
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1910
Cooper’s Hawk 1239
Red-shouldered Hawk 37
Broad-winged Hawk 19896
Red-tailed Hawk 115
Swainson’s Hawk 571
Ferruginous Hawk 0
White-tailed Hawk 4
Harris’s Hawk 0
Zone-tailed Hawk 0
Golden Eagle 1
American Kestrel 544
Merlin 62
Peregrine Falcon 79
Prairie Falcon 0
Crested Caracara 1
Mississippi Kite 4925
Swallow-tailed Kite 99
White-tailed Kite 14
Hook-billed Kite 0
unidentified Accipiter 8
unidentified Buteo 4
unidentified falcon 0
unidentified eagle 0
unidentified raptor 0

Total 31233

Posted by: bbharry72 | 13 November 2015

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 13

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 13. Moderate northeast winds with healthy gusts shifted to easterly around 1100. Bob
Migrants
24 Turkey Vultures
6 Northern Harriers
4 Sharp-shinned Hawks
5 Cooper’s Hawks
7 Broad-winged Hawks
3 Red-tailed Hawks
3 Swainson’s Hawks

2015 Smith Point YTD
Black Vulture 117
Turkey Vulture 1086
Osprey 71
Bald Eagle 10
Northern Harrier 409
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1909
Cooper’s Hawk 1237
Red-shouldered Hawk 37
Broad-winged Hawk 19894
Red-tailed Hawk 112
Swainson’s Hawk 567
Ferruginous Hawk 0
White-tailed Hawk 4
Harris’s Hawk 0
Zone-tailed Hawk 0
Golden Eagle 1
American Kestrel 544
Merlin 62
Peregrine Falcon 79
Prairie Falcon 0
Crested Caracara 1
Mississippi Kite 4925
Swallow-tailed Kite 99
White-tailed Kite 14
Hook-billed Kite 0
unidentified Accipiter 8
unidentified Buteo 4
unidentified falcon 0
unidentified eagle 0
unidentified raptor 0

Total 31190

Posted by: bbharry72 | 12 November 2015

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 12

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 12. Light north winds got stronger in the second hour and the overcast started breaking around noon. Mixing in with the overcast were lots and lots of American Robins, some Eastern Bluebirds and balls of Franklin’s Gulls. A good show. An adult White-tailed Hawk gave us all wonderful views. Marvin Masters, Joe Kennedy and William helped with the fun. Bob
Migrants
4 Black Vulture
3 Northern Harriers
6 Sharp-shinned Hawks
8 Cooper’s Hawks
10 Broad-winged Hawks
5 Red-tailed Hawks
7 Swainson’s Hawks
1 Merlin
1 Peregrine Falcon

2015 Smith Point
YTD
Black Vulture 117
Turkey Vulture 1062
Osprey 70
Bald Eagle 10
Northern Harrier 403
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1905
Cooper’s Hawk 1232
Red-shouldered Hawk 37
Broad-winged Hawk 19887
Red-tailed Hawk 109
Swainson’s Hawk 564
Ferruginous Hawk 0
White-tailed Hawk 4
Harris’s Hawk 0
Zone-tailed Hawk 0
Golden Eagle 1
American Kestrel 544
Merlin 62
Peregrine Falcon 79
Prairie Falcon 0
Crested Caracara 1
Mississippi Kite 4925
Swallow-tailed Kite 99
White-tailed Kite 14
Hook-billed Kite 0
unidentified Accipiter 8
unidentified Buteo 4
unidentified falcon 0
unidentified eagle 0
unidentified raptor 0

Total 31137

Posted by: bbharry72 | 11 November 2015

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 11

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 11. Strong south winds all day an overcast from noon on. Few birds of any kind were up in the air. Tad Finnell had 161birds yesterday with nice diversity including a Bald Eagle. Bob
Migrants
4 Northern Harriers
1 Sharp-shinned Hawks
2 Peregrine Falcons

2015 Smith Point YTD
Black Vulture 113
Turkey Vulture 1062
Osprey 70
Bald Eagle 10
Northern Harrier 400
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1899
Cooper’s Hawk 1224
Red-shouldered Hawk 37
Broad-winged Hawk 19877
Red-tailed Hawk 104
Swainson’s Hawk 557
Ferruginous Hawk 0
White-tailed Hawk 4
Harris’s Hawk 0
Zone-tailed Hawk 0
Golden Eagle 1
American Kestrel 544
Merlin 61
Peregrine Falcon 78
Prairie Falcon 0
Crested Caracara 1
Mississippi Kite 4925
Swallow-tailed Kite 99
White-tailed Kite 14
Hook-billed Kite 0
unidentified Accipiter 8
unidentified Buteo 4
unidentified falcon 0
unidentified eagle 0
unidentified raptor 0

Total 31092

Posted by: bbharry72 | 9 November 2015

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 9

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 9. Light north winds in the first 3 hours, shifting to south and then west. Migration slowed with the wind shift but lots of White Pelicans moved all day. Bob
Migrants
11 Black Vulture
122 Turkey Vultures
11 Northern Harriers
2 Sharp-shinned Hawks
7 Cooper’s Hawks
12 Broad-winged Hawks
7 Red-tailed Hawks
26 Swainson’s Hawk
1 Bald Eagle
2 American Kestrels

Posted by: bbharry72 | 8 November 2015

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 8

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 8. Strong north winds turned moderate midday. The front brought Snow Geese, a Ross’s Goose, a Golden Eagle and nice late season buteos. Joel, William, Tom and Hank helped spot birds. A fun day. Bob
Migrants
13 Black Vulture
136 Turkey Vultures
11 Northern Harriers
12 Sharp-shinned Hawks
12 Cooper’s Hawks
38 Broad-winged Hawks
8 Red-tailed Hawks
114 Swainson’s Hawk
1 Golden Eagle (probably juvenile)
1 American Kestrels
1 Merlin

2015 Smith Point YTD
Black Vulture 71
Turkey Vulture 897
Osprey 69
Bald Eagle 8
Northern Harrier 380
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1869
Cooper’s Hawk 1202
Red-shouldered Hawk 37
Broad-winged Hawk 19857
Red-tailed Hawk 89
Swainson’s Hawk 503
Ferruginous Hawk 0
White-tailed Hawk 4
Harris’s Hawk 0
Zone-tailed Hawk 0
Golden Eagle 1
American Kestrel 540
Merlin 59
Peregrine Falcon 74
Prairie Falcon 0
Crested Caracara 1
Mississippi Kite 4925
Swallow-tailed Kite 99
White-tailed Kite 14
Hook-billed Kite 0
unidentified Accipiter 8
unidentified Buteo 4
unidentified falcon 0
unidentified eagle 0
unidentified raptor 0

Total 30711

Posted by: bbharry72 | 7 November 2015

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 7

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 7. Strong north winds, low overcast and rain thru the day. Stopped at 1330. 3 Crested Caracaras were playing chase most of the day.
Migrants
3 Northern Harriers
4 Sharp-shinned Hawks
1 Red-tailed Hawks
1 Swainson’s Hawk
2 American Kestrels
1 Peregrine Falcon

Posted by: bbharry72 | 6 November 2015

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 6

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Nov 6. Moderate south winds and great clouds to the west all day. Two Red-tails today were at the opposite ends of the Red-tailed spectrum, a very light, probable adult Krider’s and one a very dark immature Western. A great example of phenotypic plasticity. Winnie Burkett helped with the cloud watching and unraveling the mysterious Red-taileds. Bob
Migrants
8 Turkey Vultures
12 Northern Harriers
14 Sharp-shinned Hawks
3 Cooper’s Hawks
13 Broad-winged Hawks
4 Red-tailed Hawks
2 American Kestrels

2015 Smith Point YTD
Black Vulture 58
Turkey Vulture 761
Osprey 69
Bald Eagle 8
Northern Harrier 366
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1853
Cooper’s Hawk 1190
Red-shouldered Hawk 37
Broad-winged Hawk 19819
Red-tailed Hawk 80
Swainson’s Hawk 388
Ferruginous Hawk 0
White-tailed Hawk 4
Harris’s Hawk 0
Zone-tailed Hawk 0
Golden Eagle 0
American Kestrel 537
Merlin 58
Peregrine Falcon 73
Prairie Falcon 0
Crested Caracara 1
Mississippi Kite 4925
Swallow-tailed Kite 99
White-tailed Kite 14
Hook-billed Kite 0
unidentified Accipiter 8
unidentified Buteo 4
unidentified falcon 0
unidentified eagle 0
unidentified raptor 0

Total 30352

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