Posted by: jkennedy366 | 29 October 2013

October 26, dark broad-wing, swainson’s and oystercatchers

A nice day at the hawk watch but as usual the forecast of a nice clear sunny day with a northeast wind was off a little, Nice clouds all day which helped hawkwatching compared to pure blue but the wind swung east and then south which kept the birds away.

The bird of the day was the dark phase broad-winged hawk which passed by several times. A nick in a tail feather helped id it as a repeat bird with each pass

Showing the tail nick

Showing the tail nick

This bird was very accomodating and gave all great looks on several passes

Second pass

Second pass

Including a look at the topside which is not available at most hawk watches

top side

top side

Some light plumaged birds also came in close to hunt dragonflies or perch

light broad-wing

light broad-wing

A young of the year peregrine falcon perched nearby all morning before leaving. It had been around the previous day too

peregrine from the road

peregrine from the road

Young swainson’s hawks tend to linger around the hawk watch each year at this time and hunt grasshoppers and grounded dragonflies. This year they have not been in the parking lot or gator pond but are out toward Robbins Park

Young swainson's hawk

Young swainson’s hawk

Looking for more dragonflies

Looking for more dragonflies

A young of the year bald eagle did not come in close but gave a good look. Kept it mouth open the entire time

bald eagle youngster

bald eagle youngster

One or three American oystercatchers have spent much time on some structure near the tower but most are out near Robbins Park and include several banded birds. Here one shows off its bling

oystercatcher with bling

oystercatcher with bling

More hawk watch pictures can be seen at

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/2013_hawk_watch_part_2 and http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/2013_hawk_watch

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