April 21, 2004
Spring Hawk Watch 2004
Plaza Doña Marta
The day started out crystal clear, fortunately we got a few clouds and some high haze that provided some eye relief for the spotting and counting of raptors.
We had four brown pelicans pass overhead, we don't see that many brown pelicans here as they tend to cling to the coast which is about nine miles away.
We had some kids drop by after school who wanted to observe, unfortunately I don't have but three binoculars for visitors and only one of them works. I guess I need to make a request to Birder's Exchange for some used binoculars.
It is a good thing if a kids interest can be sparked as to the ins and outs of the hawk watch.
The sight of the day was 2 Zone-tailed hawks. I was able to snap a quick picture of one of the Zone-tailed hawks in glide.
TV Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)....22
OS Osprey (Pandion haliaeetus)........20
MK Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis).....1,964
NH Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)........1
SS Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)....3
CH Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperi)....1
BW Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)....726
SW Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)....37
ZT Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotus)....2
AK American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)......7
PG Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus).....1
Eyes to the sky.