Seawatch – 26 November 2014

Observation time:  0654 – 1623
Observer:  Skye Haas
Weather note: strong coastal storm; visibility 1km or less throughout. 

Species counted:
American Black Duck – 1
Surf Scoter – 260
White-winged Scoter – 1
Black Scoter – 65
Surf/Black Scoter – 943
Long-tailed Duck – 1
Bufflehead – 5
Red-throated Loon – 9
Common Loon – 3
Double-crested Cormorant – 1
Great Cormorant – 1
Laughing Gull – 7
Ring-billed Gull – 58
Herring Gull – 23
Lesser Black-backed Gull – 1
Great Black-backed Gull – 8

Total: 1,387

Hawkwatch – 26 November 2014

No count was conducted today, as a coastal storm brought steady rain throughout the observation period. Counting will resume tomorrow--Thursday, November 27.

-tr

Seawatch – 25 November 2014

Observation time:  0638 – 1643
Observer:  Tom Reed

Species counted:
Canada Goose – 3
Brant – 4
Tundra Swan – 8
American Black Duck – 33
Mallard – 4
Northern Pintail – 3
Ring-necked Duck – 3
Greater Scaup – 7
Lesser Scaup – 4
scaup, sp. – 16
aythya, sp. – 2
Surf Scoter – 2,145
White-winged Scoter – 3
Black Scoter – 3,293
Surf/Black Scoter – 2,324
scoter, sp. – 42
Long-tailed Duck – 9
Bufflehead – 6
Hooded Merganser – 2
Red-breasted Merganser – 34
Red-throated Loon – 1,463
Common Loon – 63
Horned Grebe – 17
Red-necked Grebe – 1
Northern Gannet – 16
Double-crested Cormorant – 239
Great Blue Heron – 7
Little Blue Heron – 1
Laughing Gull – 231
Ring-billed Gull – 325
Herring Gull – 88
Lesser Black-backed Gull – 3
Great Black-backed Gull – 22
Forster's Tern – 68
Royal Tern – 3

Total: 10,429

Hawkwatch – 25 November 2014


Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             78            183
Turkey Vulture               0           1010           2078
Osprey                       0             24           3809
Bald Eagle                   0             67            659
Northern Harrier             4            386           1243
Sharp-shinned Hawk          23           1717          14778
Cooper's Hawk                5            414           3833
Northern Goshawk             0              4              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            478            617
Broad-winged Hawk            0             21            744
Red-tailed Hawk              0            868           1347
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0             12             18
American Kestrel             0            116           4518
Merlin                       0             53           1416
Peregrine Falcon             0             38            999
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:                      32           5288          36258
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Mary Raikes

Observers:        

Weather:
Cloudy skies all day with winds from the NW 5-10 mph, with a hint of North
in the afternoon and almost calm.  Temps reaching the mid 50's.

Raptor Observations:
Another slower day with mainly sharpies and a few harriers.

Non-raptor Observations:
An impressive flight this morning with large numbers of Red-winged
Blackbirds, Rusty Blackbirds, Common Grackles(flock of 1,000), Cedar
Waxwings, American Goldfinch, American Robin, and Eastern Bluebirds. 
Eastern Meadowlark(4), Greater Yellowlegs(3), Killdeer(11) and American
Bittern(2) engaged in a display of sorts revealing white plumes at
shoulders.

Predictions:
Rain, temps in the mid 40s, and winds N/NE 20-30 mph.

Seawatch – 24 November 2014

Observation time:  0637 – 1642  (visibility <0.25km until 1215)
Observer:  Tom Reed

Species counted:
Brant – 10
Wood Duck – 8
Green-winged Teal – 1
Greater Scaup – 1
Lesser Scaup – 2
Common Eider – 1
Surf Scoter – 1,154
White-winged Scoter – 3
Black Scoter – 2,702
Surf/Black Scoter – 837
Long-tailed Duck – 7
Bufflehead – 1
Hooded Merganser – 1
Red-breasted Merganser – 15
Red-throated Loon – 8
Common Loon – 6
Northern Gannet – 13
Laughing Gull – 30
Ring-billed Gull – 102
Herring Gull – 33
Lesser Black-backed Gull – 2
Great Black-backed Gull – 58
Forster's Tern – 6

Total: 5,001

Hawkwatch – 24 November 2014


Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             78            183
Turkey Vulture               0           1010           2078
Osprey                       0             24           3809
Bald Eagle                   0             67            659
Northern Harrier             3            382           1239
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6           1694          14755
Cooper's Hawk                1            409           3828
Northern Goshawk             0              4              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            478            617
Broad-winged Hawk            0             21            744
Red-tailed Hawk              1            868           1347
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0             12             18
American Kestrel             0            116           4518
Merlin                       0             53           1416
Peregrine Falcon             1             38            999
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:                      12           5256          36226
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:45:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Raikes

Observers:        

Weather:
Started count late due to heavy fog in the am.  Fog finally cleared out by
11:00.  Steady South winds all day 15-20mph.

Raptor Observations:
Very slow out there with a handful of sharpies and a few harriers showing
up as the fog cleared and the sun came out.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Bittern(2), Eurasian Wigeon(1). 

Predictions:
Partly sunny, high near 55F, and winds NW 5-10.

Seawatch – 23 November 2014

Observation time:  0659 – 1654
Observer:  Skye Haas

Species counted:
Canada Goose – 1
Wood Duck – 1
Gadwall – 10
American Black Duck – 134
Mallard – 3
Black Duck/Mallard – 6
Northern Pintail – 7
Green-winged Teal – 29
Canvasback – 8
Greater Scaup – 14
Lesser Scaup – 37
scaup, sp. – 6
Surf Scoter – 3,112
White-winged Scoter – 18
Black Scoter – 4,275
Surf/Black Scoter – 439
Long-tailed Duck – 20
Bufflehead – 15
Hooded Merganser – 10
Red-breasted Merganser – 16
duck, sp. – 13 
Red-throated Loon – 3,841
Common Loon – 47
Horned Grebe – 10
Northern Gannet – 978
Double-crested Cormorant – 367
Great Cormorant – 3
Parasitic Jaeger – 1
Laughing Gull – 72
Ring-billed Gull – 413
Herring Gull – 22
Lesser Black-backed Gull – 1
Great Black-backed Gull – 7
Forster's Tern – 21

Total: 13,957

Hawkwatch – 23 November 2014


Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             78            183
Turkey Vulture               0           1010           2078
Osprey                       0             24           3809
Bald Eagle                   0             67            659
Northern Harrier             6            379           1236
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6           1688          14749
Cooper's Hawk                3            408           3827
Northern Goshawk             0              4              6
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            478            617
Broad-winged Hawk            0             21            744
Red-tailed Hawk              1            867           1346
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0             12             18
American Kestrel             0            116           4518
Merlin                       1             53           1416
Peregrine Falcon             0             37            998
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:                      17           5244          36214
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Mary Raikes

Observers:        

Weather:
Partly cloudy skies all day with winds from the S/SW 5-10 mph.  Quite calm
and pleasant with temps reaching 54F.

Raptor Observations:
Fairly empty skies out there today with a few harriers and sharpies
composing most of the flight in the first hour.

Non-raptor Observations:
American Bitterns(2)-interacting- one chasing the other. Fox(1) and Field
Sparrow(2) feeding near platform. And still plenty of ducks to be seen!

Predictions:
Rain overnight and showers possible in the am.  South winds 20-30 mph. 
Warm temps in the low 60's.