Posted by: jasonbojczyk | 12 October 2014

Black-billed Cuckoo

Today’s Count: 449

Broad-winged-303

Red-tailed-1

Swainson’s-2

Sharpie-30

Cooper’s-7

Mississippi Kite-3

Turkey Vulture-80

Black Vulture-16

Kestrel-6

Unknown Raptor-1

Just the 5th day of over 300 raptors this season and the best Broad-winged day of the season.  Completely unexpected given the strong south winds for half the day. The undoubted highlight of today was a Black-billed Cuckoo found by Nina. While a few are probably here each spring, this is a rare fall migrant and represents only the 2nd or 3rd record for Smith Point, the last record (that I’m aware of) over a decade ago on 10-29-2002. Nina also found a Yellow-billed Cuckoo to complete the duo for the day.

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