Hawkwatch - 24 October 2014


Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                7             82             88
Turkey Vulture              35            577            694
Osprey                      19           1547           3716
Bald Eagle                  24            221            522
Northern Harrier            30            476            652
Sharp-shinned Hawk         686           6740           9988
Cooper's Hawk               88           1940           2794
Northern Goshawk             1              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          6             34             41
Broad-winged Hawk            5            455            663
Red-tailed Hawk              7             73            183
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              5              5
American Kestrel           153           1898           4136
Merlin                      33            753           1266
Peregrine Falcon             2            597            910
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              4
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              1
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                    1096          15400          25666
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Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Mary Raikes

Observers:        

Weather:
Mostly cloudy skies becoming partly cloudy as the day progressed.  Winds
NW/W between 10-15 mph with gusts up to 22mph.  Temperatures reaching 66F.

Raptor Observations:
Lots of sharpies all day with a good flight of harriers, bald eagles, and
kestrels as well.  First goshawk (immature) of the season.

Non-raptor Observations:
Still lots of ducks on the pond with Eurasian Widgeon(4).  More interesting
birds included:  White Pelican(1), Bonaparte's Gull(1), and Iceland
Gull(1).

Predictions:
NW winds overnight switching to West 8-15 mph. Sunny skies with
temperatures in the mid-60's.
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Morning Flight – 24 October 2014

A strong northwest wind greeted birds and birders at the Higbee Dike this morning. A look at the overnight radar revealed that there were likely more birds leaving Cape May than arriving, but we still enjoyed a lovely flight during the first 90 minutes of daylight. Kinglets were a definite highlight, with several Ruby-crowneds flying within inches of our faces at times.


Weather: partly sunny, winds NW 15-20mph, 55-57ºF, visibility excellent.

Morning Flight totals:
Northern Flicker – 27
Red-breasted Nuthatch – 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet – 12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 120
kinglet, sp. – 21
American Robin – 95
American Pipit – 20
Cedar Waxwing – 19
Northern Parula – 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler – 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1,054
Palm Warbler – 22
Blackpoll Warbler – 1
Blackpoll/Bay-breasted Warbler – 1
Northern Waterthrush – 1
warbler, sp. – 12
Chipping Sparrow – 5
Savannah Sparrow – 1
Dark-eyed Junco – 1
Indigo Bunting – 1
Eastern Meadowlark – 12
Rusty Blackbird – 12
Purple Finch – 67
Pine Siskin – 132
House Finch – 16
American Goldfinch – 21

Hawkwatch – 23 October 2014


Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0             75             81
Turkey Vulture             103            542            659
Osprey                      68           1528           3697
Bald Eagle                   4            197            498
Northern Harrier            27            446            622
Sharp-shinned Hawk         503           6054           9302
Cooper's Hawk               25           1852           2706
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             28             35
Broad-winged Hawk            0            450            658
Red-tailed Hawk              1             66            176
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              5              5
American Kestrel           208           1745           3983
Merlin                      69            720           1233
Peregrine Falcon            19            595            908
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              4
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              1
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                    1027          14304          24570
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Observation start time: 06:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Official Counter:        Tom Reed

Observers:        Doug Gochfeld, Steve Bauer

Weather:
Cool. Winds NW 15-25mph; mostly cloudy with AM showers; visibility
fair->good.

Raptor Observations:
A surprisingly good flight, with AMKE and SSHA moving w. along the treeline
and dunes throughout a rainy morning. Several pulses of SSHA during drier
times in the PM. Thanks to SB and DG for coverage during parts of the
late-PM. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Eurasian Wigeon (4), Black/Surf Scoter (15,000+), Killdeer (630+),
Long-billed Dowitcher (1), Stilt Sandpiper (9), Pectoral Sandpiper (29),
White-rumped Sandpiper (3), Wilson's Snipe (35+), Parasitic Jaeger (~10),
Cliff Swallow (4)

Predictions:
Sunny, 64ºF, winds NW 15-25mph. 

Morning Flight -- 23 October 2014

Even though the wind was roaring this morning, there was a light flight of Yellow-rumped Warblers at the Higbee dike. There was very little songbird activity, otherwise. Thousands of scoters streamed south out of the bay and about 150 Killdeer cycled past in flocks.


Weather and time: cloudy with intermittent light drizzle; 53 degrees F; winds NW at 23 mph; 100% cloud cover; very good visibility; 0717 sunrise; 3.25 hours.

Morning Flight Count totals:
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  1
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  480
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  11
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)  1

Hawkwatch – 22 October 2014


Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                2             75             81
Turkey Vulture              52            439            556
Osprey                      25           1460           3629
Bald Eagle                   6            193            494
Northern Harrier            49            419            595
Sharp-shinned Hawk         413           5551           8799
Cooper's Hawk               88           1827           2681
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             28             35
Broad-winged Hawk            4            450            658
Red-tailed Hawk              7             65            175
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              5              5
American Kestrel             8           1537           3775
Merlin                      10            651           1164
Peregrine Falcon             5            576            889
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              4
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              1
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     673          13277          23543
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Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Tom Reed

Observers:        

Weather:
Cool and damp. Winds N 10-15mph; cloud cover >90% throughout; visibility
good->fair->poor. Rain developing during the late-PM. 

Raptor Observations:
A short-lived burst of birds during the late-AM. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Eurasian Wigeon (4), Black/Surf Scoter (10,000+), American Bittern (1),
Parasitic Jaeger (~10), Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1), Lapland Longspur (1),
Yellow-rumped Warbler (8,000). 

Predictions:
Cloudy, 59ºF, winds NW 20-30mph. 

Morning Flight -- 22 October 2014

POW! This morning's migration really knocked my socks off. There was great late diversity and moderately high numbers for the time of season. Kinglets and Chipping Sparrow stepped out to be recognized in Morning Flight today and the Yellow-rumped Warbler flight was outrageous. Other highlights included 2 Orange-crowned Warblers, Clay-colored Sparrow, and 154 Purple Finches.

Weather and time: mostly cloudy; 56 degrees F; winds NNE at 8-20 mph; 85% cloud cover; very good visibility; 0716 sunrise; 4.25 hours.

Morning Flight Count totals:
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  9
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  3
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  86
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  24
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  40
kinglet sp. (Regulus sp.)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  28
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  95
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  17
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata)  2
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  3
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  12
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  7
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  253
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  12486     12,466 north, 20 south in 4th hour
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  517
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  336
Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)  1
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  1
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  27
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  60
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  2
Dickcissel (Spiza americana)  2
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)  11
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  124
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  154
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  43
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  23

Morning Flight -- 21 October 2014

 It was a quite seasonably slow day with rain interrupting the count in the second hour.

Weather and time: cloudy; 62 degrees F; winds SW at 3-5 mph; 75-95% cloud cover; excellent visibility; 0715 sunrise; 1.75 hours.

Morning Flight Count totals:
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  5
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  6
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)  1
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  3
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  20
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  343     127 north, 216 south
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  20
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  13
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  1
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)  16     south
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  8
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  8

Morning Flight -- 20 October 2014


Today there was an intriguing flight. The first 1.5 hours after sunrise was a fairly typical flight, although maybe heavier than expected, with birds flying north. These seemed to be migrants that arrived in Cape May a few hours before dawn and then were seen engaging in the morning flight phenomenon-- following the conventional idea of what this project is all about. During the second half of the four and a quarter hour effort, the songbirds, and predominantly Yellow-rumps (as expected at this time) were seen coming in high and from the Delaware Bay, moving south. These were apparent to be two different sets of migrants in different modes of migration, specific to where they were at sunrise-- the first set having dropped down on land some time before daylight, and the second set just making landfall from the bay.


Weather and time: sun with increasing clouds; 41-58 degrees F; winds SE at 5-8 mph; 2-40% cloud cover; excellent visibility; 0714 sunrise; 4.25 hours.

Morning Flight Count totals:
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  31     20 north, 11 south, maybe some of the same individuals
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  4
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  50     some back south, thought to be the same individuals
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  10
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  82     63 south, 19 north
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  8
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  9
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  65     27 north, 38 south
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)  29     14 north, 15 south
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  36     19 north, 17 south
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  2     1 north, 1 south
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  2
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  43     35 north, 8 south
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  1     south
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  3049     1499 north, 1550 south
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  1     south
warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.)  706     690 north, 16 south
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  20
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  9
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  1
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)  1     south
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)  37
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)  8     1 north, 7 south
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  53     22 north, 31 south
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  74     60 north, 14 south
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  63     52 north, 11 south
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  24     south