Hawkwatch – 17 September 2014


Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                2              2              2
Turkey Vulture               6             52             52
Osprey                      80           1218           1218
Bald Eagle                   8            185            185
Northern Harrier             3             81             81
Sharp-shinned Hawk         249            657            657
Cooper's Hawk               27            213            213
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk            0             63             63
Red-tailed Hawk              3             53             53
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            87            978            978
Merlin                      16            191            191
Peregrine Falcon             1             34             34
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1

Total:                     482           3734           3734
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Observation start time: 05:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 10.75 hours

Official Counter:        Tom Reed

       
Visitors:
600+


Weather:
Seasonable. Sunny; cloud cover 10% or less throughout. Winds NE @ 5-10mph
becoming SE @ 5mph during PM. Visibility excellent.

Raptor Observations:
Early morning exodus of OSPR, SSHA, and AMKE, followed by a painfully high
flight from mid-AM to mid-PM. 

Non-raptor Observations:
WHISKERED TERN (1; continuing for 6th day), Common Loon (4), American
Golden-Plover (1), Pectoral Sandpiper (9), Wilson's Snipe (1), Parasitic
Jaeger (1), Lesser Black-backed Gull (1), Black Tern (1), Cape May Warbler
(2), Yellow-rumped Warbler (1), Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1), Dickcissel
(1).
 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19860854

Monarch (266), Cloudless Sulphur (10+), Commmon Green Darner (9000+), Black
Saddlebags (3000+), Wandering Glider (1000+), Spot-winged Glider (800+),
Carolina Saddlebags (500+), Swamp Darner (400+), Twelve-spotted Skimmer
(200+).  

Predictions:
Sunny, 73ºF, winds NNW 5-10mph. 
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Report submitted by Tom Reed (coturnicops@gmail.com)
Cape May information may be found at:
http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/CMBO/
Since it rained today and no migrants were tallied at Morning Flight, even after the rain stopped, let's recap the action from yesterday's memorable flight. 5,156 birds were totaled but 86% (4,459) of these came in less than one hour. This first hour included 2,482 American Redstart and 967 warbler sp. or species. Northern Parula, Black-and-white Warbler, and Northern Waterthrush were also notably abundant with 298, 118, and 96 respectively for that first hour. With the intent to count the magnitude accurately and ID as much as possible this flight was very challenging to tackle. Special thanks to Sam, Louise, and Michael for the vital help. It was a thrilling great time!

The highest September counts for numbers and diversity can often fall in the middle of September. The Morning Flight has been going on now from 16 August-16 September. Below is a tallying of the numbers thus far.

  Total Max Max Date
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 133 33 17-Aug
Belted Kingfisher 6 3 13-Sep
Red-headed Woodpecker 0 0 16-Aug
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 1 24-Aug
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 0 0 16-Aug
Downy Woodpecker 8 3 18-Aug
Hairy Woodpecker 0 0 16-Aug
Northern Flicker 23 20 15-Sep
Eastern Wood-Pewee 10 4 15-Sep
Alder Flycatcher 1 1 6-Sep
Least Flycatcher 1 1 15-Sep
Empidonax sp. 3 1 24-Aug
Eastern Phoebe 2 1 12-Sep
Great-crested Flycatcher 38 36 12-Sep
Western Kingbird 0 0 16-Aug
Eastern Kingbird 1,693 346 29-Aug
Warbling Vireo 2 1 4-Sep
Philadelphia Vireo 4 1 4-Sep
Red-eyed Vireo 51 8 15-Sep
Horned Lark 0 0 16-Aug
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 1 29-Aug
White-breasted Nuthatch 0 0 16-Aug
Golden-crowned Kinglet 0 0 16-Aug
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 1 15-Sep
kinglet sp. 0 0 16-Aug
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 223 57 18-Aug
Catharus sp. 3 3 15-Sep
American Robin 34 16 29-Aug
Northern Mockingbird 12 6 3-Sep
American Pipit 0 0 16-Aug
Cedar Waxwing 1,971 316 7-Sep
Blue-winged Warbler 8 2 12-Sep
Tennessee Warbler 41 22 15-Sep
Orange-crowned Warbler 0 0 16-Aug
Nashville Warbler 9 3 14-Sep
Northern Parula 738 391 15-Sep
Yellow Warbler 450 85 15-Sep
Chestnut-sided Warbler 43 11 29-Aug
Magnolia Warbler 57 20 12-Sep
Cape May Warbler 51 12 28-Aug
Black-throated Blue Warbler 166 58 15-Sep
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5 3 15-Sep
Black-throated Gray Warbler 1 1 29-Aug
Black-throated Green Warbler 13 6 15-Sep
Blackburnian Warbler 16 5 15-Sep
Pine Warbler 3 1 24-Aug
Prairie Warbler 17 3 18-Aug
Palm Warbler 165 66 12-Sep
Bay-breasted Warbler 6 2 4-Sep
Blackpoll Warbler 53 24 12-Sep
"Baypoll" warbler 15 7 12-Sep
Cerulean Warbler 0 0 16-Aug
Black-and-white Warbler 378 177 15-Sep
American Redstart 4,865 2,631 15-Sep
Prothonotary Warbler 8 1 16-Aug
Worm-eating Warbler 11 4 16-Aug
Ovenbird 9 3 15-Sep
Northern Waterthrush 686 147 10-Sep
Louisiana Waterthrush 3 1 17-Aug
Connecticut Warbler 3 2 15-Sep
Common Yellowthroat 16 14 15-Sep
Hooded Warbler 1 1 15-Sep
Wilson's Warbler 6 2 4-Sep
Canada Warbler 3 2 29-Aug
warbler sp. 1,464 1,006 15-Sep
Summer Tanager 2 1 29-Aug
Scarlet Tanager 23 9 15-Sep
Chipping Sparrow 0 0 16-Aug
Clay-colored Sparrow 0 0 16-Aug
Vesper Sparrow 0 0 16-Aug
Lark Sparrow 0 0 16-Aug
Savannah Sparrow 0 0 16-Aug
White-crowned Sparrow 0 0 16-Aug
Dark-eyed Junco 0 0 16-Aug
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 15 9 15-Sep
Blue Grosbeak 20 3 29-Aug
Indigo Bunting 58 7 25-Aug
Dickcissel 5 1 24-Aug
Bobolink 4,349 1,724 4-Sep
Eastern Meadowlark 0 0 16-Aug
Rusty Blackbird 0 0 16-Aug
Orchard Oriole 3 2 16-Aug
Baltimore Oriole  241 130 29-Aug
Purple Finch 2 2 15-Sep
Pine Siskin 0 0 16-Aug
House Finch 460 77 18-Aug
American Goldfinch 79 39 4-Sep
House Sparrow 67 16 21-Aug

Hawkwatch - 16 September 2014


Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             46             46
Osprey                      87           1138           1138
Bald Eagle                  22            177            177
Northern Harrier             5             78             78
Sharp-shinned Hawk         103            408            408
Cooper's Hawk               26            186            186
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk            0             63             63
Red-tailed Hawk              3             50             50
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           109            891            891
Merlin                      26            175            175
Peregrine Falcon             9             33             33
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1

Total:                     390           3252           3252
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Observation start time: 05:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Raikes

Observers:        

Weather:
Heavy rain showers from 0600-0800 then clearing.  Winds early from the
south/southwest then switching to west/northwest.

Raptor Observations:
Slow in the morning with early am showers, then a nice movement of sharpies
and kestrels in the mid-afternoon.  Flight path fairly low east to west
over the treeline.

Non-raptor Observations:
WHISKERED TERN(1), Black Tern(1), Gull-billed Tern(1), Royal Tern(2),
Caspian Tern(1), Common Terns, Forster's Terns.  American Widgeon(3),
Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Little Blue Heron, Great Blue Heron,
Green Heron, Glossy Ibis(3), American Golden Plover(1), Pectoral
Sandpipers(8), Killdeer(8), Sora.

Predictions:
Sunny, NE winds 10 mph, 72.
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Cape May information may be found at:
http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/CMBO/

Morning Flight – 15 September 2014

It was a fantastically amazing time at Morning Flight today! 4,446 warblers! 2,331 American Redstart, 391 Northern Parula, 277 Black-and-white Warbler, 137 Northern Waterthrush, 85 Yellow Warbler.  26 species of warblers. 1006 warbler sp. This last number reflects how quickly the birds came through and that a good portion of this early pulse was over in the sun glare to the eastern treeline. But the 22.5 degree component of west in the NNW wind seemed to provide us watchers with a good show happening on the west side of the dike too. Photo opportunities were great if you could pick out a subject amidst the chaos of a hundred birds a minute!

Weather and time: sunny and clear; 58–63 ºF; winds NNW at 5 mph; 0% cloud cover; excellent visibility; 0640 sunrise; 4.25 hours.
    
       Morning Flight Count totals 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  20
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  4
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris)  1
Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)  1
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.)  1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  20
Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus)  1
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  8
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)  61
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  19
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  1
Catharus sp. (Catharus sp.)  3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  25
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  249
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  3
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  137
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  277     118, 55, 4
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)  1
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  22
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  3
Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis)  2
Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  14
Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)  1
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  2331     2182, 110, 25, 3
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  6
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  391     2 predawn, 298, 80, 8, 3
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  12
Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea)  2
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  5
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  85     54, 18, 11, 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  5
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  11
Bay-breasted/Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga castanea/striata)  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  58
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  58
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  3
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  1
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  6
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  2
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  1006     976, 30
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  9
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  9
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)  2
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  5
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)  84
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  20
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  4
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  2

Today's full list can be viewed at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19840163
Third most abundant warbler of the day (277) Black-and-white Warbler.
One of two Connecticut Warblers, which gave quick but reasonable views.
Thanks to Sam for these three great captures! Northern Waterthrush to complete the trio. (Photos courtesy of: Samuel Galick)
The east treeline just before the surge to come for the next hour and a half!
First of season Purple Finches (2) happened too.
Many Red-eyed Vireos stayed in Cape May today to fuel up for the next leg of their journey.
Palm Warblers seem to gravitate slightly toward flying on the sunny side of Morning Flight-- over the impoundment itself.
These Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are true characters!
The colors of this juvenile Peregrine Falcon belie its tundra heritage.
Many blackbirds are dealing with "tail issues" at this time of season (Photos by: Glen Davis).

Hawkwatch - 15 September 2014


Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             46             46
Osprey                      56           1051           1051
Bald Eagle                  18            155            155
Northern Harrier             6             73             73
Sharp-shinned Hawk          96            305            305
Cooper's Hawk               31            160            160
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk           17             63             63
Red-tailed Hawk              8             47             47
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            30            782            782
Merlin                      23            149            149
Peregrine Falcon             2             24             24
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1

Total:                     287           2862           2862
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Observation start time: 05:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Raikes

Observers:        

Weather:
Light and variable winds from the N/NW/W all day 0-5mph.  Very clear skies
with high cirrus clouds in the late afternoon.  High temperature of 70.

Raptor Observations:
A slower day with a high flight of mainly accipters.  Nice mid-day kettles
directly overhead.

Non-raptor Observations:
WHISKERED TERN(1) continues pattern of feeding on the pond then resting on
the beach.  Black Tern(1), Common Nighthawk(1), Belted Kingfisher(2),
Sora(1), American Widgeon(4), Green-winged Teals, Northern Shovelers,
Northern Pintail, Little Blue Heron, Green Heron, Northern Parula, Northern
Waterthrush.

Predictions:
Chance of showers in the am with winds from the southwest 7-14mph,
switching to north in the afternoon.  Partly cloudy skies with temps in the
mid-70's.
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Cape May information may be found at:
http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/CMBO/

Morning Flight – 14 September 2014

The quick front that cleared yesterday evening made for clear and windy conditions this morning. Did the nocturnal songbird migrants take advantage of this wind? The answer seems to be that they did in a small way today, but PERHAPS WITH MORE COMING TOMORROW. Sixteen species of warblers showed at Morning Flight and at times the action was really quick with these little winged forms getting batted around by the wind. Early morning raptors were the best they've been yet this season with frequent passes by Sharpies and Merlins at the dike today.

Weather and time: sunny and clear; 59–62 ºF; winds NNE at 10-15 mph for H1; NE at 12-20 mph for H2 and H3; 0% cloud cover H1; 5% cc H2 and H3; very good visibility; 0640 sunrise; 3.25 hours.
    
       Morning Flight Count totals 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1     1 south
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  46
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  29
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  105
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  9
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  9
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  3
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  2
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  86
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  2
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  41
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  5
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  5
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  5
Bay-breasted/Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga castanea/striata)  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  5
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  20
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor)  1
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  18
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  2
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)  34
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  1

Today's full list can be viewed at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19828963

Even a long-distance champ like Blackpoll Warbler has to juke and jive in a heavier wind.
It was a great morning for Common Nighthawk with 8 seen.
Merlin eyeing up the sun.
What are you doing reading this when there's still a WHISKERED TERN in Cape May!!! (Photos by: Glen Davis)

Hawkwatch - 14 September 2014


Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               3             46             46
Osprey                     121            995            995
Bald Eagle                  50            137            137
Northern Harrier            11             67             67
Sharp-shinned Hawk         106            209            209
Cooper's Hawk               35            129            129
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk           25             46             46
Red-tailed Hawk             11             39             39
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            65            752            752
Merlin                      18            126            126
Peregrine Falcon             2             22             22
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1

Total:                     448           2575           2575
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Observation start time: 05:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Raikes

Observers:        

Weather:
A cold front passed through overnight with cooler temperatures and winds
from the north 10-15mph in the morning and then light northwest winds in
the afternoon.  Mainly clear skies with high cirrus clouds.

Raptor Observations:
A good flight for most of the day with a nice variety, including several
buteo species in the mid-day. Also, a steady, high flight of ospreys and
bald eagles continued throughout the day.  

Non-raptor Observations:
WHISKERED TERN(1), Black Tern(1), Killdeer(4), American Oystercatcher(11),
Common Nighthawk(1), Northern Pintail(2), American Widgeon(1), Little Blue
Heron(1), Green Heron(1), Palm Warblers, Blue Gray Gnatcatchers.

Predictions:
Northwest winds overnight.  Sunny, low 70's, north winds 5-8 mph.
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Cape May information may be found at:
http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/CMBO/