This is a post from Dane Ferrell, August 24th.
As usual, it has been an interesting and amazingly hot 2016 HawkWatch season here in Corpus Christi.
Mississippi Kites are off to a slow start - about 360 counted thus far. With all of the turbulent weather here, and particularly North of us, we are hoping there are some bunched up Kites still coming our way.
We are up to 50 Swallow-tailed Kites - including 6 yesterday(08/23) - these amazing Kites help to keep our spirits soaring.
Speaking of yesterday, we tallied our first Prairie Falcon, as well as our first Sharp-shinned Hawk of the 2016 season.
The surprise sighting of the year however, was not a Bird, but a Butterfly. This past Saturday(08/20), a somewhat worn Gray Cracker flew on the strong South winds, only to land on our Hawkwatch platform. This way cool Lep rested on our platform for 20 minutes or so, then flew into the trees, not to be seen again(by us anyway).
If you would like to see photos, email me and I can share some with you. Photos courtesy of Mary King and Earl Johnson. Thanks to Clay Taylor for working on the identification. This was a worn Butterfly, but I am confident on the ID.
Eyes to the Skies,
Corpus Christi HawkWatch at Hazel Bazemore County Park
Corpus Christi, Texas