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Smith Point Hawk Watch Fall 2023

Season Summary

Species Count
Total Count

Species Composition

Species composition changes over time depending on weather, seasons, and many other factors. This chart displays the composition over a time period you select.

Click on pie pieces to see more detail. If there are more than seven species, click on "Other" to see a breakdown of the rest.


Many sites have a protocol that is designed to maximize finding particular species. If you select "Focus Species," only these species will be shown.

Date Selector

The control box below the pie chart lets you select a date period for the chart.

You can push the buttons "1d," "1w," or "1m" to zoom the graph to 1 day, 1 week, or 1 month.

The graph shows the overall volume seen on each day. You can drag the sliders on each side of this graph to adjust the start and end dates.

Species Composition
August 10th to December 31st

Drag the Sliders Below to Change the Dates Shown

Daily Counts

These charts show which species are most numerous at different parts of the season. Hover your mouse over a chart to see the number for a given day. The right column shows season totals and the left side shows the maximum for a single day. Each graph is scaled so that the single-day maximum is the highest point on the chart.

Sort By
  • Focus Species: Show the highest priority species at the top of the list.
  • Taxonomic Order: Sort the species by their scientific classification.
  • Alphabetic Order: Sort the species by their common name.
  • Abundance: Sort the species with the largest number counted at the top.

Daily Counts

Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite
Mississippi Kite
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
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Hourly Data

The time shown in the top row is the start of the one hour period.

Select Day

Choose a date to load the hourly table for that day. Only days that have data are shown.

Site Weather

Smith Point Hawk Watch Fall 2023

The Smith Point HawkWatch in southern Texas is an ongoing effort to monitor long-term population trends of raptors using this southern portion of the Gulf Coast migratory flyway. The project is a collaborative venture between HawkWatch International (HWI), Gulf Coast Bird Observatory (GCBO), and Texas Parks and Wildlife (site land managers). Since 1997, 25 species of raptors have been observed migrating through the area, with annual counts ranging from ~26,000 to 115,000 migrants.


From Houston take I-10 East to State Highway 61. Proceed south to the intersection of SH 61, SH 65, and Farm/Ranch Route 562. Continue south on 562 for ~20 miles to the Texas Parks and Wildlife-administered Candy Abshier Wildlife Management Area and follow the signs to the parking area and tower.

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory's mission is to protect the birds and their habitats around the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.

About the Data

All data displayed on this site are preliminary and have not yet undergone quality control. Written permission is required to use the data.