Date: 10/10/18 5:57 pm From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler...> Subject: [texbirds] Summary of my Austin hawkwatch
I spent about 4 hrs 45 min on my roof in NW Austin between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. I had a moderate movement of hawks; fewer than I expected but I understand others (e.g. Justin B.) had many more in a different location over Austin. Such are the vagueries of hawk migration. The N winds were lighter today than I had expected after such a front. I still suspect some major Swainson’s movement occurred west of Austin, but tomorrow is forecast to have light E winds and there may still be some raptor movement yet to come.
Here are my totals for today (migrants only, not including local birds).
Turkey Vulture - 87 Black Vulture - 5 Broad-winged Hawk - 5 Swainson’s Hawk - 379, including at least 4 dark phase Red-tailed Hawk - 4+ Cooper’s Hawk - 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1 Unid. Accip. - 3 American Kestrel - 3 Unid. raptors - 6
Also migrating: Double-crested Cormorant - 6 Amer. White Pelican - 60 Anhinga - 1 (new for my yard list)