Seawatch – 20 November 2014

Observation time: 0641 – 1701
Observer: Skye Haas

Species counted:
Brant – 12
Tundra Swan – 12
Gadwall – 2
Northern Shoveler – 4
Green-winged Teal – 18
Redhead – 19
Ring-necked Duck – 1
Greater Scaup – 9
Lesser Scaup – 36
scaup, sp. – 13
aythya, sp. – 3
Surf Scoter – 1,153
White-winged Scoter – 5
Black Scoter – 1,086
Surf/Black Scoter – 43
Long-tailed Duck – 9
Bufflehead – 44
Hooded Merganser – 4
Red-breasted Merganser – 18
duck, sp. – 74
Red-throated Loon – 751
Common Loon – 28
Horned Grebe – 2
Northern Gannet – 1,457
Double-crested Cormorant – 43
Bonaparte's Gull – 22
Laughing Gull – 146
Ring-billed Gull – 452
Great Black-backed Gull – 2
Forster's Tern – 533
Parasitic Jaeger – 1

Total: 6,002

Hawkwatch – 20 November 2014


Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0             60            165
Turkey Vulture              58            861           1929
Osprey                       2             24           3809
Bald Eagle                   5             63            655
Northern Harrier            10            346           1203
Sharp-shinned Hawk          29           1639          14700
Cooper's Hawk               11            389           3808
Northern Goshawk             1              3              5
Red-shouldered Hawk          4            430            569
Broad-winged Hawk            0             21            744
Red-tailed Hawk             26            813           1292
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0             11             17
American Kestrel             0            116           4518
Merlin                       0             48           1411
Peregrine Falcon             0             35            996
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              5
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              2
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     146           4861          35831
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Observation start time: 06:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Official Counter:        Tom Reed

Observers:        

Weather:
Seasonably cool with variable cloudiness. Winds WSW 15-25mph during the AM,
subsiding to 10mph through most of the PM. 

Raptor Observations:
A quiet day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swan (78), Eurasian Wigeon (4), Ring-billed Gull (~3,000), Evening
Grosbeak (1)

Predictions:
Sunny, 38ºF, winds NW 15-25mph.

Seawatch – 19 November 2014

Observation time: 0641 – 1700
Observer: Skye Haas

Species counted:
Brant – 9
Tundra Swan – 96
Tundra/Trumpeter Swan – 2
Wood Duck – 15
Gadwall – 7
American Wigeon – 7
American Black Duck – 51
Mallard – 49
Black Duck/Mallard – 9
Northern Shoveler – 2
Northern Pintail – 9
Green-winged Teal – 242
dabbling duck, sp. – 13
Ring-necked Duck – 1
Lesser Scaup – 14
scaup, sp. – 17
aythya, sp. – 9
Surf Scoter – 98
White-winged Scoter – 4
Black Scoter – 181
Surf/Black Scoter – 359
Long-tailed Duck – 12
Bufflehead – 192
Hooded Merganser – 6
Red-breasted Merganser – 30
duck, sp. – 205
Red-throated Loon – 885
Common Loon – 69
Horned Grebe – 19
Northern Gannet – 1,845
Double-crested Cormorant – 543
Great Cormorant – 2
Cattle Egret – 1
Bonaparte's Gull – 11
Laughing Gull – 291
Ring-billed Gull – 2,562
Herring Gull – 67
Great Black-backed Gull – 5
Forster's Tern – 88
jaeger, sp. – 1

Total: 8,028

Hawkwatch – 19 November 2014


Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                6             60            165
Turkey Vulture             115            803           1871
Osprey                       1             22           3807
Bald Eagle                   5             58            650
Northern Harrier            12            336           1193
Sharp-shinned Hawk          53           1610          14671
Cooper's Hawk               18            378           3797
Northern Goshawk             1              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk         37            426            565
Broad-winged Hawk            0             21            744
Red-tailed Hawk             75            787           1266
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0             11             17
American Kestrel             1            116           4518
Merlin                       0             48           1411
Peregrine Falcon             2             35            996
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              5
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              2
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     326           4715          35685
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Observation start time: 06:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Official Counter:        Tom Reed

Observers:        

Weather:
Cold and clear. Near-record low temp at sunrise; high temp ~34ºF. Winds
W->SW 10-20mph, gusts to 25mph. Visibility good throughout. 

Raptor Observations:
A relatively light and short-lived flight during the late-AM.

Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swan (72), Eurasian Wigeon (4), Lapland Longspur (2), American Robin
(10,000+), Dickcissel (1), Rusty Blackbird (30+), Common Redpoll (1)

Predictions:
Sunny, 45ºF, winds W 10-15mph. 

Seawatch – 18 November 2014

Observation time:  0646 – 1701
Observer:  Tom Reed

Species counted:
Brant – 11
Tundra Swan – 102
Wood Duck – 5
Gadwall – 15
American Black Duck – 66
Mallard – 19
Northern Shoveler – 1
Northern Pintail – 21
Green-winged Teal – 8
Redhead – 16
Ring-necked Duck – 4
Greater Scaup – 2
Lesser Scaup – 16
scaup, sp. – 7
aythya, sp. – 59
Surf Scoter – 285
Black Scoter – 340
Surf/Black Scoter – 1,082
scoter, sp. – 53
Long-tailed Duck – 3
Bufflehead – 14
Hooded Merganser – 2
Red-breasted Merganser – 16
Red-throated Loon – 807
Common Loon – 26
Horned Grebe – 3
Northern Gannet – 844
Double-crested Cormorant – 361
Great Cormorant – 1
Great Blue Heron – 5
Parasitic Jaeger – 1
Black-legged Kittiwake – 1
Bonaparte's Gull – 24
Laughing Gull – 267
Ring-billed Gull – 1,485
Herring Gull – 152
Lesser Black-backed Gull – 7
Great Black-backed Gull – 54
Royal Tern – 3
Black Skimmer – 7

Total: 6,473

Hawkwatch – 18 November 2014


Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                2             54            159
Turkey Vulture              37            688           1756
Osprey                       0             21           3806
Bald Eagle                   1             53            645
Northern Harrier             9            324           1181
Sharp-shinned Hawk           9           1557          14618
Cooper's Hawk                4            360           3779
Northern Goshawk             0              1              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          7            389            528
Broad-winged Hawk            0             21            744
Red-tailed Hawk             24            712           1191
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0             11             17
American Kestrel             0            115           4517
Merlin                       2             48           1411
Peregrine Falcon             0             33            994
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              5
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              2
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      95           4389          35359
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Observation start time: 06:45:00 
Observation end   time: 15:45:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Raikes

Observers:        

Weather:
A bit chilly out there today.  Very clear skies with winds from the NW then
W 15-20 mph with gusts up to 32 mph.  Temps only reaching 34F creating wind
chills below 20F for most of the day.

Raptor Observations:
A very short window for the flight today with red-tails, red-shoulders, and
vultures over the northern treeline.

Non-raptor Observations:
Pretty quiet out there.  American Robin, American Goldfinch, and Red-winged
Blackbird flocks.  Nice sized Tree Swallow flock (400+), Forster's
Terns(10), and small Ring-billed Gull movement.

Predictions:
Sunny with a high temp in the upper 30's. West winds 11-18 mph.

Seawatch – 17 November 2014

[Franklin's Gull flying past the 8th Street jetty. Photo by Tom Reed.]


Observation time:  0625 – 1545 (count suspended at 1545 due to lightning and low visibility).
Observer:  Tom Reed

Species counted:
American Black Duck – 18
Mallard – 2
Northern Pintail – 16
Green-winged Teal – 49
Ring-necked Duck – 12
Greater Scaup – 14
Lesser Scaup – 12
scaup, sp. – 6
Surf Scoter – 626
Black Scoter – 756
Surf/Black Scoter – 456
scoter, sp. – 31
Long-tailed Duck – 5
Bufflehead – 2
Red-breasted Merganser – 3
Red-throated Loon – 1,205
Common Loon – 9
Horned Grebe – 2
Northern Gannet – 1,846
Double-crested Cormorant – 5
Great Blue Heron – 1
Parasitic Jaeger – 1
Bonaparte's Gull – 103
Laughing Gull – 53
Franklin's Gull – 1  (first-winter, flying with 3 Ring-billed Gulls around 8am)
Ring-billed Gull – 358
Herring Gull – 100
Great Black-backed Gull – 21
Forster's Tern – 226
Royal Tern – 5

Total: 5,954

Hawkwatch – 17 November 2014


Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0             52            157
Turkey Vulture               0            651           1719
Osprey                       0             21           3806
Bald Eagle                   0             52            644
Northern Harrier             1            315           1172
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1           1548          14609
Cooper's Hawk                0            356           3775
Northern Goshawk             0              1              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            382            521
Broad-winged Hawk            0             21            744
Red-tailed Hawk              0            688           1167
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0             11             17
American Kestrel             0            115           4517
Merlin                       0             46           1409
Peregrine Falcon             0             33            994
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              5
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              2
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                       2           4294          35264
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Observation start time: 06:45:00 
Observation end   time: 10:30:00 
Total observation time: 3.75 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Raikes

Observers:        

Weather:
Suboptimal conditions out there.  Cloudy skies with low visibility early,
then complete fog socked in by 10:00am.  Fog was followed by strong SW/S
winds and a thunderstorm with heavy rain as a front moved through.  Count
was ended early due to weather conditions.

Raptor Observations:
Nothing moving out there, except for same banded adult Coop still
apparently hunting ducks on the pond.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not too many ducks on the pond this morning, but still good variety: 
Eurasian Wigeon(1), American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler,
Ruddy Duck, Gadwall, American Coot, Ring-necked Duck, Mallard, Green-winged
Teal, Bufflehead(2), and Hooded Merganser(1).  Also, Pied-billed Grebe(2),
American Bittern(2), and Wilson's Snipe(1).

Predictions:
Partly cloudy and windy. Temps much colder (in the mid 30's) with winds
from the west 25-30 mph with gusts up to 43mph.