Posted by: jasonbojczyk | 7 August 2014

Swallows

Today’s Count: 1

Unknown Accipiter-1

Additional Raptors Seen:

Black Vulture-2

Turkey Vulture-7

Red-shouldered Hawk-1

Crested Caracara-1

Today started off similar to yesterday with a front moving through very early in the count.  This time the rain wasn’t as heavy, the winds were much stronger, and I had a little bit of time to prepare!  Robbins Park was like yesterday but with the addition of this Oystercatcher in the field portion of the park:

American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher

There wasn’t much going on with raptors today as winds were out of the south most of the day.  A Crested Caracara made a few passes and landed in the mottes again.  It wasn’t getting any love from anyone as both Mockingbirds, which had no impact, and a Turkey Vulture, which did affect it, were dive-bombing it on it’s perch.

Mockingbird after a Caracara

Mockingbird after a Caracara

Mockingbird after a Caracara

Mockingbird after a Caracara

 

A total of 51 species were seen from the tower, highlighted by the swallows.  They really started going mid-morning, then another small push before a few fronts that missed Smith Point, and then again at the very end of the count.  Over 1,500 swallows went by, with over 1,300 of them the Cliff/Cave variety.  Four Banks and the rest Barn or swallow species.  Blue-gray Gnatcatchers made the first obvious movement as well with 24 birds passing over.  A few Eastern Kingbirds and Dickcissel joined in as well.  The first 3 Wood Storks of the season remained in the distance and a young Reddish Egret added to the usual wader variety.

Tomorrow isn’t looking so good with south winds sustained at 5-15 mph and gusting to 20.  Hopefully swallows will continue to move or it could be a rough day out there.  We shall see…

Scissor-tailed Flycatchers

Scissor-tailed Flycatchers

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