Posted by: jasonbojczyk | 31 August 2014

August Review

Today’s Count: 1


Additional Raptors Seen:

Turkey Vulture-4

Swallow-tailed Kite-1 (post-count)

Cooper’s Hawk-1

Swainson’s Hawk-1

It was another day like the past few, with rain showers all around the tower and eventually hitting for an hour. A lone Osprey was the only countable raptor seen today.

There weren’t many passerines moving by the tower early, but the highlight of them were the 65 Eastern Kingbirds milling around the tower. Avocets have been on the move the past few days and were again today, with at least 61 passing the tower. A handful of White Ibis, Solitary, Upland, and Semipalmated Sandpipers, an Olive-sided Flycatcher, and over 1,000 Barn Swallows were most of the remaining highlights from the tower. The best bird from the tower was a Long-billed Curlew that came out of nowhere from the west.

Only a few Long-billed Curlews are usually seen each fall at Smith Point

Only a few Long-billed Curlews are usually seen each fall at Smith Point


The woods received great coverage today with highlights being a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 2 Great Horned Owls, a Chuck-will’s-widow, 3 Olive-sided Flycatcher, 5 Pewees, 3 Least Flycatchers, a Great Crested Flycatcher, 5 Red-eyed Vireos, 3 Black-and-white Warblers, 1 Worm-eating, at least 2 Kentucky Warblers, and singles of Hooded and Wilson’s Warblers. I encourage anyone who comes to visit to gear-up with some anti-mosquito measures (they haven’t been horrendous yet) and bird the woods, as they can be absolutely fantastic some days, particularly in the upcoming months. Thanks to everyone that helped and came out today.

August Recap

Number of raptors counted: 1,738


Sharp-shinned Hawk-8

Cooper’s Hawk-22

Red-shouldered Hawk-1

Broad-winged Hawk-157

Red-tailed Hawk-3

Swainson’s Hawk-46

White-tailed Hawk-2

American Kestrel-2

Peregrine Falcon-1

Mississippi Kite-1,460

Swallow-tailed Kite-21

White-tailed Kite-3

Unknown Accipiter-1

Unknown Falcon-1

Unknown Raptor-1

Number of raptor species, including residents: 16

Number of bird species detected at Smith Point: 134

Number of bird species detected from tower: 111 

Main Highlights by Date

8-1: Nine raptor species on the first day was very good. Most notable was a Red-tailed Hawk.

8-4: Ninety-seven American White Pelicans was a good early August number.

8-8: At least 130 Magnificent Frigatebirds.

8-11: A Marbled Godwit at Robbins Park.

8-12: The earliest fall Peregrine Falcon for Smith Point, 13 raptor species, a Whimbrel, over 7,000 swallows.

8:13 Over 2,600 White Ibis.

8-14: A Prairie Warbler and selasphorus hummingbird.

8-20: Just under 2,800 birds in the morning flight, most notably 420 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

8-21: At least 24,677 swallows.

8-22: Over 2,000 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and over 4,000 swallows.

8-23: Over 2,000 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

8-24: At least 3,103 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and over 4,000 swallows.

8-25: A total of 8 Swallow-tailed Kites and 1,427 Mississippi Kites. Also 811 Gnatcatchers and at least 16,000 swallows.

8-29: A Piping Plover and Boat-tailed Grackle

8-31: A Long-billed Curlew

So there you have it, the best bits of August. As you can see, nearly half the days in August (15/31) had something quite noteworthy happen. September is even better for most species and more species so it’ll be exciting to see what’s ahead. The first week continues to look like these past several days, so that may halt the extreme awesomeness of Smith Point for just a bit.


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