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Cold fronts have led to thousands of hawks migrating to the Goliad area.
Cold fronts have led to thousands of hawks migrating to the Goliad area.
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Hawk migration expected to be seen in Goliad area
by Rex Niemeyer, Goliad State Park Ranger
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Cold fronts have led to thousands of hawks migrating to the Goliad area.
Cold fronts have led to thousands of hawks migrating to the Goliad area.
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You are walking to your car when suddenly the quietness is shattered by a piercing shriek in the sky. You naturally look up to behold the sight of the large predator soaring on the air. You take a moment to stare at the hawk and ponder what it would be like to soar thru the sky. Birds of prey have always been admired around the world from past to the present. Here in Goliad, we have the privilege of watching these great birds in large numbers every year during the fall migration. Hawk migration occurs over all of North America and is influenced by geography from the mountain ranges to large body of waters. To conserve energy, many raptors use rising, warm thermal air to gain altitude and glide to the next thermal with minimum wing beats. Since thermals do not form over large bodies of waters, most hawks avoid crossing the Gulf of Mexico, therefore making Goliad a location to see numerous hawks during the migration. The majority of fall hawk migration occurs between September and mid-November. Long-distance migrants, like the broad-winged hawk, tend to be late September and early October. There are 1,000 known hawk migration sites with new ones being added. One site is Hazel Bazemore Hawk watch in Corpus Christi. It annually records 100,000 to 400,000 hawks in a single day during the peak of broad-winged hawk migration. The largest area flight recorded at Hazel Bazemore was Oct. 4-5, 1977, when a monster cold front brought in 750,000 broad-winged hawks for an overnight roost. Even here in Goliad, we can catch a glimpse of such sites – not by the 100,000’s, but possibly by the 1,000’s. One crisp October day, I watched thousands and thousands of hawks pass over Mission Espiritu Santo. I was thrilled to see several hundred hawks in one group soaring together in an upwardly spiraling circle, called kettles, as though in a choreographed dance. Keep watch in the sky and you may witness this live show in your neighborhood.
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Cougars drop first two home matches
by Kevin J. Keller
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Coastal Bend’s Felix Jimenez puts a shot on goal during his team’s loss to Tyler, Saturday.
Coastal Bend’s Felix Jimenez puts a shot on goal during his team’s loss to Tyler, Saturday.
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Coastal Bend’s Abraham Lopez, right, tries to head a ball in front of Tyler’s Brahan Gamarra during their match, Saturday. Lopez had his side’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss to the defending national champion and third-ranked Apaches.
Coastal Bend’s Abraham Lopez, right, tries to head a ball in front of Tyler’s Brahan Gamarra during their match, Saturday. Lopez had his side’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss to the defending national champion and third-ranked Apaches.
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The Coastal Bend College men’s soccer team didn’t win last week, but the Cougars did leave with a sense that they can compete for a region championship. The Cougars (1-2-1) played to a 2-2 draw with visiting Jacksonville in their home opener on the CBC campus, then fell 3-1 to defending national champion Tyler. “I, as well as the entire team, feel like there’s nobody in this division that we can’t go toe-to-toe with the rest of the season,” said first-year Cougar coach Brian Byrd. “We really built our confidence over the past few weeks and we’re excited about moving forward.” Against Jacksonville, the Cougars rallied for the lead, but a late goal forged a tie. Jacksonville scored in the fifth minute, but CBC tied it in the 45th minute when Gerson Flores found the back of the net. In the second half, Abraham Lopez put the Cougars on top in the 60th minute on a run out after a through ball. Jacksonville scored in the 78th minute to tie it, though. “We gave up a goal that we shouldn’t have,” Byrd said about the finish. “We played much better than the other team. “We need to learn how to finish games.” Against third-ranked Tyler, the Cougars had a chance to tie it in the second half, but were denied on a penalty kick. Martin Agredo scored two first-half goals to put the Apaches ahead, but CBC cut the margin in half when Lopez scored in the 60th minute. The Cougars had a chance to tie it shortly thereafter, but Tyler’s Junior Santos turned away a penalty kick. Agredo added a third goal in the 72nd minute to cap the scoring. “The boys played really hard. It was a very physical game,” Byrd said about the Tyler match. “We missed a penalty kick that could have tied it up at 2-2 and, right after the penalty kick, they went up 3-1. “We fought really hard the rest of the game. The boys played with a lot of pride. We’ve got to learn to beat teams like national champions if we want to get to the next level.” Kevin J. Keller is the sports editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5223, or at sports@mySouTex.com, or follow him on Twitter, @beepicsports.
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Moreno 8th falls in two
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The Moreno eighth-grade A volleyball team fell in two sets on the road on Monday. Ingleside swept the Trojans, winning 25-19 in the first set and 25-10 in the second set. “The girls played very well against the home team,” said coach Nidia Barrera. “The girls worked well together and had much better communication on the court.” The Trojans won the consolation championship at the Tuloso-Midway tournament on Saturday. After falling in two sets to George West to open the tournament, the Trojans beat Tuloso-Midway in three sets (16-25, 25-23, 25-12) to advance to the consolation title match. In that title contest, the Trojans beat Banquete 25-22, 25-20. Ingleside 2, Moreno 1 The eighth-grade B team fell to Ingleside in three sets on Monday. The Trojans won the first set 25-19, but Ingleside won the next two sets, 25-22 and 15-8, respectively, to get the win. Haley Deal had three kills for the Trojans, while Desirae Gonzales had three assists, a kill and a block. Madison Arthur added two aces, Jessalyn Burkett had two assists and an ace and Araceli Cavazos had a kill.
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Mercer honored in rad tech contest
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Adam Mercer’s “Wheel of Fortune” inspired Instagram entry won him top honors in the “Best Represents National Radiologic Technology Week Theme.”
Adam Mercer’s “Wheel of Fortune” inspired Instagram entry won him top honors in the “Best Represents National Radiologic Technology Week Theme.”
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BEEVILLE – Adam Mercer, a second-year student in the Coastal Bend College Radiologic Technology Program, is one of the three grand prize winners of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists “Strike a Pose Contest.” The contest was held in honor of the upcoming National Radiologic Technology Week which is celebrated from Nov. 2 through Nov. 8. The 2014 NRTW theme is “Many Views with One Vision.” Mercer’s “Wheel of Fortune” inspired Instagram entry won him top honors in the “Best Represents NRTW Theme,” and he’ll be receiving a gift package, American Express gift card and one-year membership to the ASRT. His winning entry, along with the other category winners, will be featured in the October/November issue of ASRT Scanner, which is a bi-monthly radiologic industry publication. For more information about the CBC Radiologic Technology Program, contact CBC Radiology Program Director Timothy Skaife at 361-354-2302 or by email at skaifet@coastalbend.edu.
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