Date: 10/17/20 11:25 am From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch yesterday Friday
Headed out to smith point with high hope with the forecast of a strong front and some sunshine later in the day. There had been no rain at my house for several hours but when I got to I10 it rained all the way to the exit. Rain then stopped until about noon but was around where hawks come from.
Non hawks included a large flock of snow geese out over the bay from Robbins Park, and large white ibis (150) and white pelican (250) flocks during the day. A wisp of 6 common snipe went over and a couple of other hazy shoebird flocks seen. A group of great blue herons came down trinity bay at the park and headed across after some discussion.
Only found 1 scissor-tailed flycatcher and 3 eastern phoebes around the area and few land birds. One siskin said shree overhead late in the am. A merlin sat in a favorite treetop a couple of times and later a yellow-shafted flicker used the same perches. A couple of pine warblers in town and my first scaly-breasted munias for smith point.
The peacocks that have been there so long are either thinned way out or gone as several large dogs on large chains now live in their favored habitat.
Way back at the start of the hawk watch a single adult broad-winged hawk set up a territory near candy abshier. The bird was in its favorite tree yesterday am and I only say it as a passing coopers hawk made it move.
Good numbers of kestrels all over and up to 5 over the tower a one time. both accipiters went by but the broad-wings just muddled. A couple of harriers were passing.
A couple of hundred turkey vultures were in the air at their roost site getting ready to head to the point but never made it out of the drizzle and had gone back to bed when I left.
All the hawks had retired with the drizzle after lunch. And the drizzle lasted until I was most of the way home and no sun ever anywhere even though my phone said it was imminent despite the green on the radar.
But the big day makes up for days like this.
-- Joseph C. Kennedy on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston <Josephkennedy36...>