Posted by: jasonbojczyk | 3 August 2014

Raptor Diversity Continues

Today’s Count: 15

Osprey-1

Mississippi Kite-1

Cooper’s Hawk-2

Red-shouldered Hawk-1

Broad-winged Hawk-8

Swainson’s Hawk-1

White-tailed Hawk-1

Additional raptors seen:

Black Vulture-5

Turkey Vulture-4

Cooper’s Hawk-1

Red-shouldered Hawk-1

 

The first few hours of the count started off mostly cloudy, but once things started breaking up the raptors immediately started showing up.  Another 9 species day was great and most of the count had at least some birds in view, particularly Broad-wingeds. The first White-tailed Hawk of the season came in high with the Broad-wingeds and made at least three passes by the tower.

 

White-tailed Hawk

White-tailed Hawk

 

With the light winds and eventual few clouds most of the birds came in high today but there were a few instances where the birds passed over lower like this young Red-shouldered Hawk, Osprey, and Black Vulture.

 

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Osprey

Osprey

Black Vulture

Black Vulture

 

A total of 55 species were seen from the tower today.  Among those, 6 species of terns, 2 Anhinga, close Magnificent Frigatebirds, 212 White Ibis, 10 Dowitchers, and 4 Black Skimmers provided some of the ‘seen’ highlights today.  A Yellow-billed Cuckoo called frequently for about 30 minutes today as well as at least 1 Great Horned Owl hooting away during the day.  Thanks to Marvin and Debra for their help spotting (and hearing!) today.

 

Magnificent Frigatebird

Magnificent Frigatebird

Magnificent Frigatebird

Magnificent Frigatebird

Snowy Egret flying over the tower; A Cattle Egret might have provided the 2nd 'tower bird' (first was a Mockingbird) of the season by landing on top of the tower but I couldn't get a view to confirm it or see it fly away.

Snowy Egret flying over the tower; A Cattle Egret might have provided the 2nd ‘tower bird’ (first was a Mockingbird) of the season by landing on top of the tower but I couldn’t get a view to confirm it or see it fly away.

 

Another highlight of the day was seeing my first ever young Clapper Rail down Hawkins Camp Road.  Not much else was there this afternoon but the pond north of Jerry’s Seafood continues to be good with Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, Black-necked Stilts, and Roseate Spoonbills some of the birds continuing there daily.

Clapper Rail

Clapper Rail

 

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