April 16, 2004
Spring Hawk Watch
Mississippi kites were the order of the day. 3, 299 counted
Fifteen days into the count and I have counted 73,453 migrating raptors.
We had a vistor to the hawk watch site today. I noticed something sitting on the peak of a red tiled roof, to my surprise a migrating common night hawk. It stayed on the roof until things warmed up and flew away, it looked exhausted.
Here is a photo of 151 Mississippi kites in a kettle above the Plaza Doña Marta (I placed a small faded yellow dot on each kite as I counted them, the saltine cracker crumb was not counted! :)
Rafael Aguilera, Tlacotalpan painter .
TV Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 82
OS Osprey (Pandion haliaeetus) 16
NH Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1
MK Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) 3,299
SS Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 3
CH Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperi) 3
BW Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) 1,265
SW Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) 25
AK American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 5
PG Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
DAY TOTAL 4,700
MONTH TOTAL 73,453
Tools of the hawk watch