|Broadwings streaming from a kettle over Hazel Bazemore County Park|
Along with small kettles and streams of Mississippi Kites and smaller numbers of Swallow-tailed Kites, Hazel's skies also yield some great views of south Texas "specialties," such as White-tailed Hawks, Harris' Hawks, Crested Caracaras, along with the occasional but regular Zone-tailed and less-regular Short-tailed Hawks. The second half of Hazel's season sees increased numbers of Swainson's Hawks. Check www.hawkcount.org for more information on the counts from Corpus Christi.
It was on the watch platform (worthy of another essay another time!) that Dane and Libby brought the migration day to a close on the twenty-second of September this year. Earlier in 2012 an email had announced "Save the date!" Friends of the couple from as far away as England and the west coast, convinced that Dane was a confirmed bachelor, rejoiced at the happy news. So on September 22, surrounded by family members and their many hawkwatching friends, Libby and Dane were married. As the ceremony began, the last of the day's migrant Broad-wings settled into the trees for a night's rest.