Morning Flight, 18 August 2017

Happy Friday and happy birding, everyone! Although I've spent many a morning atop the dirt mound we call the Higbee Dike, today was my first time as the official counter. For those who don't yet know, I will be the Migration Count Coordinator this season, and one of the primary duties is to serve as the Swing Counter to give primary counters much needed days off.

With the South winds overnight and this morning, there was but a trickle of migrants today, but it's hard NOT to be excited just to be out birding in Cape May.

Click below to see today's count:

Morning Flight, 17 August 2017

Today, a little team of us morning flight aficionados spent the first three daylight hours observing what was new at Higbee.

Non-songbird highlights were a high, calling, southbound Baird's Sandpiper, up to 11 Willets of likely the "Western" variety, and a Gull-billed Tern heading Northeast.

Perhaps the last remnants of a weak inland cold-front met with some mild coastal air to create the cool and humid feel this morning.  Winds quickly shifted after daybreak from west to northeast but were always very weak in intensity.

Decent numbers of American Redstart and Yellow Warbler mixed with some variety like Prothonotary and Tennessee made for an enjoyable time.  Some rarer birds like Dickcissel, and especially the funky detection of a Horned Lark flying north, high overhead were a cool distraction.

I'll try posting todays list as an image for ease of viewing:

Morning Flight, 16 August 2017

CMBO's 2017 Morning Flight Project began today to mark the start of the 15th full-season for observing and counting migrating songbirds in Cape May, at Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area. 

We saw a few nice neotropical migrants with good looks at Cape May Warbler and Orchard Oriole.

here's today's tally:

I share your joy in this commencement day, and so I refer to this feeling with you in the form of a happy selfie that was shot by the counter this morning:

Avalon Seawatch, 21 December 2016

     The first day of winter was mild with temperatures in the mid 40s and a light breeze out of the north west. Clouds covered most of the sky but the sun managed to peak through on several occasions. Around 1,000 birds were counted at the seawatch and there is just one more day left in the season! The most sighted species today were Scoters and loons.

   Be sure to join us at the seawatch tomorrow for the last day of the count!

Avalon Seawatch, 22 December 2016

     The season has officially ended! After 92 days of counting migrating water birds from Avalon's beautiful beaches a total of 776,412 individuals were counted moving south for the winter. Today's total  was 662 birds with most being Scoters. The weather was amazing for our last day, with temperatures in the 50s and wind light and variable. Visibility was also great! Click the link below to see our totals and peak counts for the season on the trektellen website:

     Throughout the season we had lots of visitors and volunteers helping with the count and we owe an immense amount of gratitude for their company and support! A huge thanks to Gail Dwyer for spending endless afternoons and frigid cold days by my side and admiring full fledged migration at the seawatch. Hope to see everyone next year on 8th and 9th street beach in Avalon for another season of counting migration!