Posted by: jasonbojczyk | 6 August 2014

Shutout

Today’s Count: 0

Additional Raptors Seen:

Black Vulture-2

Turkey Vulture-4

Crested Caracara-1

Today began like it normally does.  Arrive a bit early, start making trips up and down the tower taking up my gear, look at the bay behind me and uh-oh.  Here comes the wind and almost immediately after:

Rain showers at the tower

Rain showers at the tower

Soaked right away, but I’m not complaining.  In fact, just the opposite.  I absolutely love the fronts at Smith Point and don’t get to experience the visuals of them anywhere else. Sometimes you have time and quite a bit of warning with strong winds.  Other times, not so much.  Besides the visuals there’s always the hope of something interesting to turn up ahead of, with, or after them and that’s just what I tried for with the count temporarily suspended.  A drive to Robbins Park revealed hundreds of birds to scan through, most of which were close.  The dream of something oceanic didn’t happen, or anything else for that matter, but it was still fun nonetheless.  Swallows were perched on the fences, comprised mainly of Barn but I had my first Tree Swallow of the fall here.

Soon after this it cleared up and got hot very fast, immediately drying off everything. Despite no wind for a few hours, virtually nothing was soaring up in the air and the rest of the count finished with winds having a southerly component.  A Crested Caracara snuck by quickly behind the tower and perched in the mottes.

Crested Caracara

Crested Caracara

 

Swallows passed the tower in small numbers made up of mostly Barn and Cliff/Cave. Diversity just cracked the 50s today, with 50 species seen from the tower.  A new species for the tower wasn’t seen today.  I thought the streak would’ve continued for at least a few more days.  Looking ahead the weather looks like most of the same as today.  If that’s the case then hopefully another front comes through and brings something interesting with it.  Otherwise it could be slow but building up to a great first kite day when it happens, particularly Swallow-taileds.  Thanks to Marvin, Dave, and Jan for visiting.

 

A nice view to end the day after the count.

A nice view to end the day after the count.

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