Posted by: 3pomjaeger3 | 28 August 2013

24 August: All dressed up and nowhere to go

‘Twas a good sky for migrating raptors.  ‘Twas a good wind for migrating raptors.  Where were they?  As noted by Joe, conditions were excellent for raptor migration, skies were often conducive for spotting high-flying raptors, but it just did not happen for us.  And then stuff got high.  Very high.  Presumably, some raptor migrants went over us high enough to be invisible.  Since Joe has nicely recapped the day, I’ll just report the totals.

Raptors counted:

  • Mississippi Kite – 1
  • Cooper’s Hawk – 1 (juvenile)
  • Broad-winged Hawk – 9 (juveniles)
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 1 (juvenile)
  • American Kestrel – 1 (female)
  • Total – 13

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher tally:  63

Big-waterbird numbers:

  • Wood Stork – 69 (5 flocks)
  • Magnificent Frigatebird – 20
  • Anhinga – 33 (1 flock)
  • American White Pelican – 97 (3 flocks)
  • White Ibis – 367 (31 flocks)

Today’s eBird checklist

 

 

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Responses

  1. At the 90 degree bend of Decker Prairie Road there were on the 28th September a small flock of between 30 to 40 Mississippi Kites diving and catching large insects from a fairly freshly mowed hay field. They then sored upwards kettling a couple of hundred feet and then diving again as they moved east to west and back again. I watched this for about an hour and luckily had my camera, getting several reasonable shots at 600 mm equivalent on a 24.5 MB sensor at up to 12 fps. In the group were male and female adults, sub-adults and juvies. I doubt that this group was headed for Smith Point as Decker Prairie is NW of Smith Point, so they are probably headed towards Corpus Christie.

    I am looking forward to visiting Smith Point again next week and thereafter.

    William


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