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A unique spot. A long triangular Southwesterly peninsula funnels migrating hawks over a point at the end (Smith Point, Texas) where a hawk viewing platform has been set up by Hawkwatch International and Gulf Coast Bird Observatory.
An expert hawk counter or two who are usually willing to help beginners occupies this platform every day August 15 to November 15 from 8AM to 4PM. Hawks don't start arriving until mid-morning usually.
Today 21-August-2005 I saw the following in less than 90 minutes from the platform:
Birds you can see here include:
Peak hawk migration is September-October 15
Aug 15-Nov 15 2004 20 raptor species were seen (including the 8 above). In 2004 an avearge of 50 raptors per hour were seen 39,698 raptors overall in 796 hours of viewing. (almost one raptor per minute! for three months)
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Content and images originally posted by bernerjc
- experts available to help beginners
- unique viewing spot for migrating hawks
- Long drive
- very hot
- must climb stairs
- only interesting Aug 15-Nov 15