April 20, 2004
Spring Hawk Watch
I was going to go to Veracruz today, but when I notice that the winds were coming from the south I decided to postpone my trip and see what the day had to offer in terms of raptor migration. Southerly winds in the a.m. are not the norm. The morning and early afternoon were pretty slow but at 4:30 p.m. things changed in 15 minutes 3,000+ Mississippi kites came over the plaza.
It is a tremendous rush to see a line sreaming overhead, at times the Mississippi kites were 20 abreast. I was able to get a picture of a small kettle at the very end of the push.
HIGH TEMPERATURE of 30C
Basically clear skies.
Today+ (total for the month)
TV Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)...60....(434)
OS Osprey (Pandion haliaeetus)...5.....(255)
MK Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)...3,168...(13,860)
SS Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)...0.....(62)
CH Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperi)...0...(59)
BW Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)....325....(67,868)
SW Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)..2...(633)
AK American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)....1....(139)
PG Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)..0...(28)