Posted by: 3pomjaeger3 | 12 October 2013

12 October: Storms

sunrise-smithpoint-10-12-13-tl-1-cropscreen-lowresThis was, perhaps, the coolest point during a very nice sunrise.  All photos copyright 12 October 2013 by Tony Leukering.  Click on image(s) to see larger version(s).

With an hour of early rain, oft-threatening skies, and SE-S winds, Joe Kennedy and I did not experience much of a hawk migration event yesterday. We did, however, have raptors in view nearly all day, as a few Mississippi Kites and Broad-winged Hawks coursed back and forth across our sky.

storms-smithpoint-10-12-13-tl-01-cropscreen-lowres storms-smithpoint-10-12-13-tl-03-cropscreen-lowresToday saw great photo ops, but, unfortunately, most of those were of storms.  I love the camera on my iPhone 4!  It’s better than my expensive point-and-shoot!

bwha-juv-smithpoint-10-12-13-tl-01-cropscreen-lowresYou know that I love the topside shots, so here’s another, of a juvenile Broad-winged-Hawk right in front of the tower during a rare sunny interval.

pefa-ad-f-smithpoint-10-12-13-tl-01-cropscreen-lowrespefa-ad-f-smithpoint-10-12-13-tl-02-cropscreen-lowresOnce again, Peregrine Falcon was The Bird of the Day, as I tallied seven of ’em. But the designation was mainly for the last one, this adult female that followed on the heels of the 6th one (also an adult). However, this one pulled up in one of the snags in the East Motte and was still perched there when Joanna, Doris, and Norma pulled into the parking lot, thus providing a great view, before she followed the previous Peregrine across the Bay. The second Peregrine of the day was the 100th for the season!

There was a slight uptick in Blue-gray Gnatcatcher numbers, but other migrants were a bit scarce. We did hear, then see, a Long-billed Curlew head north overhead.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher tally:  19

Raptors counted:

  • Mississippi Kite – 8 (juveniles)
  • Northern Harrier – 1 (juvenile)
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk – 12
  • Cooper’s Hawk – 5 (juveniles)
  • Broad-winged Hawk – 17
  • American Kestrel – 3 (2 females, 1 unknown)
  • Peregrine Falcon – 7 (4 adults, 3 juveniles)
  • Total – 53

Today’s eBird checklist

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