Posted by: bbharry72 | 5 September 2015

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Sept 5.

Smith Point Hawkwatch report for Sept 5. Another Cumulo-nimbus kind of day. Showers and thunder around all day. To Dan Reilly’s question, lots of swallows were going past thru at least 4:30 on the 4th. Thanks for your input. Can you id hawks?Bob
2 Swallow-tailed Kites
2015 Smith Point
Black Vulture 0
Turkey Vulture 0
Osprey 8
Bald Eagle 1
Northern Harrier 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4
Cooper’s Hawk 20
Red-shouldered Hawk 10
Broad-winged Hawk 356
Red-tailed Hawk 13
Swainson’s Hawk 69
Ferruginous Hawk 0
White-tailed Hawk 0
Harris’s Hawk 0
Zone-tailed Hawk 0
Golden Eagle 0
American Kestrel 3
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 4
Prairie Falcon 0
Crested Caracara 0
Mississippi Kite 1648
Swallow-tailed Kite 76
White-tailed Kite 2
Hook-billed Kite 0
unidentified Accipiter 0
unidentified Buteo 2
unidentified falcon 0
unidentified eagle 0
unidentified raptor 0

Total 2217



  1. Several have used the weather service radars to study hawk migration. In this case we see a set of targets extending from Smith Point across the Bay to near San Leon. I can send you images by email if you like. We don’t know what the targets are but suspect biological (birds, insects). Tonight we actually did see groups of sparrows moving from east to west by our weather office. That is our hypothesis as to what we are seeing but still not sure. This radar signature flared up again this evening (9/5) between 5 and 6 pm.

  2. In previous post…meant small birds, possibly the swallows you mentioned. It was not a continuous line…just small groups heading east to west.

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