Cape May SpringWatch 2014

Cape May SpringWatch aims to study the northward movement of migratory bird populations through the Cape May area during the period from early March to early June. Counts are carried out daily from Cape May Point, overlooking the mouth of the Delaware Bay, during the first two to three hours of daylight.

As part of Cape May SpringWatch, we produce here a table of first recorded dates and general arrival dates for northbound migrants as they are reported from Cape May County or neighboring parts of Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. This table will be updated periodically as the season progresses.


First
Location
General

Date

Arrival
Glossy Ibis
14-Mar
Cape May Point

Yellow-crowned Night Heron
30-Mar
Avalon

Little Blue Heron
30-Mar
Cold Spring

Snowy Egret
15-Mar
Jake's Landing

Osprey
11-Mar
Jake's Landing
23-Mar
Swallow-tailed Kite
12-Mar
Fishing Creek

Broad-winged Hawk
16-Mar
Cape May Point

Piping Plover
9-Mar
Strathmere
16-Mar
Willet
9-Mar
Stone Harbor Point

Red Knot
13-Mar
Sunset Beach

Laughing Gull
25-Feb
Cape May Ferry Terminal
22-Mar
Lesser Black-backed Gull
10-Mar
Cape May Harbor

Chimney Swift
7-Apr
Cape May Point

Eastern Phoebe
n/a

22-Mar
Tree Swallow
n/a

22-Mar
Purple Martin
14-Mar
Cape May Point State Park

Northern Rough-winged Swallow
23-Mar
West Cape May
8-Apr
Barn Swallow
23-Mar
Cape May Point

Cliff Swallow
23-Mar
Cape May Point

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher
15-Mar
Cape May Point
9-Apr
Yellow-throated Warbler
20-Mar
Villas

Pine Warbler
11-Mar
Cape May Point
2-Apr
Palm Warbler
22-Mar
Cape May Point




Avalon Seawatch - 22 December 2013

Surf Scoter - 6
Black Scoter - 12
Dark-winged Scoter - 25
Long-tailed Duck - 7
Red-throated Loon - 4
Common Loon - 12
Northern Gannet - 17
Double-crested Cormorant - 1

Total: 84

Avalon Seawatch - 21 December 2013

Brant - 26
American Black Duck - 2
Northern Pintail - 7
Lesser Scaup - 1
Common Eider - 4
Surf Scoter - 203
White-winged Scoter - 41
Black Scoter - 961
Dark-winged Scoter - 21
Long-tailed Duck - 24
Bufflehead - 4
Common Merganser - 1
Red-breasted Merganser - 25
Red-throated Loon - 143
Common Loon - 3
Northern Gannet - 305
Double-crested Cormorant - 3
Bonaparte's Gull - 52
Ring-billed Gull - 12
Herring Gull - 19
Great Black-backed Gull - 5

Total:  1,862

Avalon Seawatch - 20 December 2013

American Black Duck - 1
Lesser Scaup - 7
Common Eider - 1
Surf Scoter - 253
White-winged Scoter - 18
Black Scoter - 1339
Dark-winged Scoter - 26
Long-tailed Duck - 46
Common Goldeneye - 1
Red-breasted Merganser - 27
Red-throated Loon - 444
Common Loon - 2
Horned Grebe - 1
Northern Gannet - 259
Double-crested Cormorant - 15
Bonaparte's Gull - 5
Ring-billed Gull - 5
Herring Gull - 29
Great Black-backed Gull - 8

Total:  2,487