Posted by: jasonbojczyk | 15 August 2014

No More Teasing

Today’s Count: 4

Swallow-tailed Kite-3

Broad-winged Hawk-1

Additional Raptors Seen:

Black Vulture-6

Turkey Vulture-5

Cooper’s Hawk-1

Swainson’s Hawk-1

Red-tailed Hawk-2

American Kestrel-1

Today brought south winds, gusting pretty strong at times.  For the first few hours of the count we had numerous, heavy rain showers dancing all around Smith Point, but none ever ended up hitting us.  A fair number of non-countable raptor species might seem a bit odd but they just flew from motte to motte or hovered over areas, looking for food and not migrating.  Once the winds got light I kept waiting and waiting for some action to happen and sure enough the Swallow-taileds put on a pretty good show, lasting over 15 minutes in view.

Sometimes photographs reveal things we would have never otherwise seen; Swallow-tailed Kite feeding on an insect

Sometimes photographs reveal things we would have never otherwise seen; Swallow-tailed Kite feeding on an insect

Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite with an insect

Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite

This Swallow-tailed Kite was being harassed by this Common Nighthawk for a few minutes

This Swallow-tailed Kite was being harassed by this Common Nighthawk for a few minutes

Part of the enjoyable Swallow-tailed show this afternoon

Part of the enjoyable Swallow-tailed show this afternoon

There wasn’t too much else going on today, with ‘just’ 51 species from the tower, but a couple hundred White Ibis went by and somehow over 400 Barn Swallows.  Bank Swallow and Purple Martin numbers continue to rise as well.  The first Olive-sided Flycatcher of the season was seen throughout the day and at least 3 Chuck-will’s-widows were seen in the area, for the first time this fall.  The Selasphorus hummingbird wasn’t seen today.  The pond by Jeri’s only had 5 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and it was another thin day of shorebirds. Thanks to Becky for her help and visiting today.

White Ibis

White Ibis

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