Posted by: 3pomjaeger3 | 10 September 2013

9 September: Just a wee spot of rain; and late kites

miki-juv-smithpoint-9-09-13-tl-01-cropscreen-lowresThis juvenile Mississippi Kite wowed some British visitors this afternoon, as it flew right in front of the tower.  All photos are copyright 9 September 2013 by Tony Leukering.  Click on image(s) to see larger version(s).

‘Twas another day in which I probably missed a number of migrating raptors, as during the late morning most of the migrants that I found were high and very distant off to the NW.  That was after an annoying four-minute period of rain — the ONLY rain on the radar screen at the time — that passed right over Marvin and me in the early morning.  What, am I wearing my rain-attracting shorts?

will-smithpoint-9-09-13-tl-1-cropscreen-lowresThis Willet (probably a Western Willet by call) provided a rarish straight-up view as it flew directly over the tower.

The highlight of the day for me was another personal tower first:  Fulvous Whistling-Ducks, a flock of seven, heading south across East Bay!  I also saw another largish flock of Mottled Ducks, this one of 26.  Yesterday’s Pileated Woodpecker continued, with Marvin pouncing (figuratively, of course) on it as it flew across in front and landed in sight on one of the large snags in the Northwest Motte.  A female American Kestrel was an early raptor migrant in the 8-9 am hour, but beat out as the first of the day by a juvenile Mississippi Kite that cruised quickly by and down the Point earlier in the hour, the first raptor counted during that hour all season!

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher tally:  20

miki-juv-smithpoint-9-09-13-tl-02-cropscreen-lowresThis Mississippi Kite, also a juvenile, was another much-appreciated in-your-face raptor at the tower today.  Late in the day, shortly before 3 pm, 15 Mississippis worked their way across in front of me and then headed across East Bay toward Bolivar into an ESE wind.  While I was packing away my stuff shortly after 4 pm, I saw another flock of Mississippis (this one of 13) come past me and cross the Bay, this flock heading a bit more southerly, somewhat between Galveston and Texas City.  So, I stayed an extra half-hour to count the things, since I’ve counted so few this season!

Raptors counted:

  • Mississippi Kite – 31
  • Cooper’s Hawk – 1 (juvenile)
  • Broad-winged Hawk – 27 (juveniles)
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 1 (adult)
  • American Kestrel – 1 (female)
  • Total – 61

Today’s eBird checklist

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