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Bird Week Field Trip to Smith Point

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our Bird Week Field Trip to Smith Point on Saturday, September 26, 2020. It was a beautiful morning. Below is the checklist. Not everyone saw all of these birds but all of you saw most of them. It is always worth a trip back to Smith Point to keep searching for new species. Thanks for surviving and tolerating the mosquito infested wet walk to the woods. From the report, it looks like the afternoon was filled with Broad-winged Hawks but we also got to witness the kites and the frigatebirds. 

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Smith Point--Candy Abshier WMA (UTC 048)(GCBO Hawk Watch loc.), Chambers, Texas, US Sep 26, 2020 6:57 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.85 mile(s)
44 species (+1 other taxa)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  36
Clapper Rail (Rallus crepitans)  1
American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)  2
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  3
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)  2
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1
Willet (Tringa semipalmata)  1
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  32
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  1
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)  2
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)  4
Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)  3
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)  3
Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)  13
cormorant sp. (Phalacrocoracidae sp.)  4
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)  12
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  2
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  3
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)  3
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)  1
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)  1
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)  8
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)  15
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)  5
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  2
Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)  21
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)  4
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  4
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus)  6
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  4

Multiples along the bay
Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  2
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus)  2
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)  3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  26
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  5
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)  2
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  3
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)  2
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  1

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This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (