Posted by: jasonbojczyk | 22 September 2014

Slow September

I’d been waiting until there was something fairly noteworthy to post but it’s time for a recap.

9-18 (Thursday)

Rain all day-no count conducted.

9-19 (Friday)

Rained half the count. Highlights were an unexpected flock of 224 Wood Storks and a Swallow-tailed Kite

9-20 (Saturday)

Not much in terms of raptors with 117 Mississippi Kites and 65 Broad-wingeds making up most of the total. Other highlights included 12 White Pelicans, 43 Wood Storks, and over 1,000 White Ibis.

9-21 (Sunday)

A similar day to Saturday but with more Broad-wingeds and less Kites. Not much else around though Robbins Park has decent shorebird habitat again.

9-22 (Monday)

Today’s Count: 242

Northern Harrier-3

Sharp-shinned Hawk-3

Cooper’s Hawk-9

Broad-winged Hawk-173

Swainson’s Hawk-1

Peregrine Falcon-2

Mississippi Kite-51

The last 3 days have been fairly similar with light NE-ENE winds for most of the days and light raptor action for this time of year. These have also been among the hardest days I’ve ever counted raptors. While views of raptors have been frequent, counting has been rather difficult. At least today finally provided some low views of raptors. Another thing currently going on are a lot of resident or raptors that may be wintering at Smith Point or the vicinity. In fact, as many as 11 species may be doing so right now!

The worries of one of the lowest raptor seasons continue. Currently this is the lowest total ever at this point in the season in the history of the count being conducted here (full counts and starting from 8-15). There have now been 5 recent days with light winds that had a northerly component to them, 2 of which were associated with a cold front, and yet not a single one of these days has cracked 500 raptors. The foreseeable future looks like continued NE winds similar to these last 2 days. Tomorrow’s winds should be stronger so maybe that’ll start bringing the numbers. Passerines have continued to be rather disappointing but hopefully this week will produce at least 1 day with over 100 Scissor-taileds. If the forecast remains true this week will very likely be the one that determines how productive (for raptors) this season will be.

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  1. There are been no major storms to divert BWs eastward, like in 2013.
    when two eastern watches got two dark morphs and your watch got
    a number of dark morph BWs. Persist. They will come.


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