Posted by: 3pomjaeger3 | 15 October 2013

15 October: Rain, rain, go away!

storm-smithpoint-10-15-13-tl-1-screen-lowresI was greeted this morning by numerous pretty clouds and a nice sunrise.  Unfortunately, even pretty clouds often bring rain.  Photo copyright 15 October 2013 by Tony Leukering.  Click on image to see larger version.

Due to various and sundry problems (computer, Internet access), I am very behind on this blog.  I am endeavoring to catch up, but I have only one day off per week and not a lot of free time on work days.  Bear with me.

Starting at 8 am, I counted for an hour (2 Sharpies), sat out the rain in my car and at the trailer (1.25 hours), counted for an hour (127 birds), sat out the rain for 45 minutes in my car and at the trailer (0.75 hours), counted for 1.25 hours (9 birds), the last 20 minutes in an unpleasant drizzle, and then decided to just bag it and try to catch up some on the blog.  There is no doubt in my mind at all now.  It’s not my shorts, it’s the Point.  It’s a rain magnet!

The hour between the first two rain delays was very good, showing great promise for the day’s flight as Turkey Vultures and Broad-winged Hawks gathered in a thermal to the north and Sharpies and small falcons passed close by heading south.  In fact, The Bird of the Day was a Merlin that was just sauntering by heading SE, when it suddenly turned on the afterburners, casually grabbed a Common Green Darner, and then headed south across the Bay eating its snack.

For the second day in a row, Indigo Bunting made a modest (very modest) showing, with 13 individuals tallied.  However, except for Blue Jays (see below) and Great-tailed Grackles, the passerine show was not even as strong as lackluster.  Blue Jays continue to pour… okay, more-than-trickle past Smith Point heading west, with today’s six flocks totaling 113 individuals.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher tally:  3

Raptors counted:

  • Turkey Vulture – 19
  • Osprey – 1
  • Mississippi Kite – 6 (juveniles)
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk – 14
  • Broad-winged Hawk – 89
  • American Kestrel – 8 (6 males, 2 females)
  • Merlin – 1
  • Total – 138

Today’s eBird checklist

The Birds-in-flight ID Workshop scheduled for 2 November has  just one place remaining, so if you want to take part, give GCBO a call!  For those that don’t make the cutoff, GCBO will set up a waiting list for a possible second such workshop to be held on 9 November.  Please see the details here and here.

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