Posted by: jasonbojczyk | 26 August 2014

Raptor Diversity

Today’s Count: 31


Swallow-tailed Kite-2

Mississippi Kite-9

Broad-winged Hawk-18

Unknown Raptor-1

Additional Raptors Seen:

Black Vulture-3

Turkey Vulture-5

Cooper’s Hawk-1

Red-shouldered Hawk-1

Swainson’s Hawk-1

White-tailed Hawk-1

Red-tailed Hawk-1

Crested Caracara-1

Unknown Falcon-1

The weather was pretty funky today. Things started off relatively cool and with light north winds. The rest of the day was a mix of temperatures and wind directions, eventually cutting the count just a tad short due to lightning. While numbers were expected to be a bit higher for raptors, 13 species is the best diversity so far this season. A great way to start the day, and probably my earliest in the day ever, were 2 Swallow-tailed Kites.

My morning coffee

My morning coffee

Apart from the first few hours, raptors were pretty slow. Cattle Egrets were certainly a theme today with at least 175 near the tower this morning.

Some of today's Cattle Egrets

Some of today’s Cattle Egrets

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Non-raptor highlights included 9 Black-bellied WD, 5 White Pelicans, over 350 White Ibis, 2 Roseate Spoonbills, a Solitary Sandpiper, 14 Upland Sandpipers, Flycatchers represented by Olive-sided, Alder, Yellow-bellied, and Great-crested, a few Kingbirds, just under 400 Gnatcatchers, a few Yellow Warblers, and a few Blue Grosbeaks.

Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbills

The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher flight started in the afternoon today

The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher flight started in the afternoon today

Tomorrow looks like it’ll be 10-15 mph NE winds. This has produced the biggest White Ibis days earlier this season.


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