Seawatch - Monday & Tuesday, November 20 & 21, 2017

Monday and Tuesday were two equally slow days, with just over 2000 birds each day.  As usual for this time of year, the majority of these birds were Red-throated Loons and Northern Gannets.  We still have yet to have a huge push of either species, so we are looking forward to that happening, hopefully soon!  A small push of Laughing Gulls, around 80, on Tuesday was notable, as were two Ross's Geese heading south, relatively close over the jetty with a Snow Goose.  There was also a flight of 191 Ring-billed Gulls on Monday.  A nice flow of southbound Forster's Terns was the most I've had in well over a month, with 146 birds. 

Check out the totals here:

Monday: http://trektellen.org/count/view/1747/20171120
Tuesday: http://trektellen.org/count/view/1747/20171121

Hawkwatch - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I suppose 77 raptors in late November with strong southerly winds isn't THAT bad, but it certainly felt like a slow day out on the ol' Hawkwatch platform. I was very happy that the temps warmed up to a balmy 56 degrees today, and there were LOTS of other birds to look at and sort through.

Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture                0             85             89
Turkey Vulture              13            649           1041
Osprey                       0             49           2723
Bald Eagle                   1             76            403
Northern Harrier             9            222            712
Sharp-shinned Hawk          33           1433          10319
Cooper's Hawk                9            218           1653
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          2            266            354
Broad-winged Hawk            0             11           1131
Red-tailed Hawk              5            358            578
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              4
Golden Eagle                 0             10             13
American Kestrel             0             21           6853
Merlin                       3             77           2036
Peregrine Falcon             2             29           1117
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1
Short-eared Owl              0              2              2
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                      77           3508          29036
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Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9.18 hours

Official Counter:        Melissa Roach

Cooper's Hawk
Cedar Waxwings
Two late Baltimore Orioles seen foraging in the cedars right beside the platform.
Cooper's Hawk
Bonaparte's Gull
For interested parties, our local platform celebrity, Bobert the Northern Bobwhite (a captive-bred bird) is, in fact, still alive.

Hawkwatch - Monday, November 20, 2017

It was a fairly good movement of mid-November raptors this past Monday with 230 tallied. Two different Golden Eagles were the clear raptor highlight of the day bringing our season total to 13, an impressive number for Cape May. And I wouldn't be surprised if there were a few more before the season's end!

Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture               32             85             89
Turkey Vulture              59            636           1028
Osprey                       0             49           2723
Bald Eagle                   9             75            402
Northern Harrier            29            213            703
Sharp-shinned Hawk          53           1400          10286
Cooper's Hawk               19            209           1644
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          9            264            352
Broad-winged Hawk            0             11           1131
Red-tailed Hawk             14            353            573
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              4
Golden Eagle                 2             10             13
American Kestrel             1             21           6853
Merlin                       3             74           2033
Peregrine Falcon             0             27           1115
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1
Short-eared Owl              0              2              2
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                     230           3431          28959
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Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9.2 hours

Official Counter:        Melissa Roach

A stunning male Northern Harrier gracefully glides over the marsh.
A trio of Tundra Swans (only 2 seen here) made a couple of passes through the swarm of Tree Swallows early in the morning...
And then I had a flock of 16 (!) Tundra Swans fly right overhead late in the afternoon (two out of view).


Hawkwatch - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

OLD POST :)




Cape May
Cape May Point, New Jersey, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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Black Vulture               53             53             57
Turkey Vulture             110            438            830
Osprey                       0             49           2723
Bald Eagle                   9             59            386
Northern Harrier             9            146            636
Sharp-shinned Hawk          65           1135          10021
Cooper's Hawk               14            175           1610
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk         24            238            326
Broad-winged Hawk            0             11           1131
Red-tailed Hawk             52            306            526
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              4
Golden Eagle                 0              8             11
American Kestrel             0             19           6851
Merlin                       6             52           2011
Peregrine Falcon             0             25           1113
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1
Short-eared Owl              0              2              2
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              0

Total:                     342           2717          28245
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Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10.05 hours

Official Counter:        Melissa Roach

Seawatch - Sunday, November 19, 2017

Strong winds from the southwest kept today warm but gusty.  Some gusts were perhaps up to 30 mph!  Regardless, it was a relatively slow day beyond the 1800 Red-throated Loons that passed by today, primarily in the morning.  The rest of the birds were mostly scoters and gannets, bringing the day up to around 3700 birds.  It was, however, a beautiful day despite the wind, with very clear conditions and excellent visibility out over the water.

Check out the totals here: http://trektellen.org/count/view/1747/20171119

Hawkwatch - Sunday, November 19th, 2017

This morning started out with light drizzle and howling west winds. The strong winds were sustained themselves throughout the day, but the gusts became more tame as the day progressed.  Several gusts peaked around 50mph this morning, and by mid-day a slow but steady trickle of raptors had developed with the milder gusts. Thousands of Tree Swallows fluttered in concentrated flocks along the dunes. When the raptors flew through, they were flying very low to the tree tops as they dodged the oncoming winds.

Tomorrow's follow up of sunny skies and steady-but-not-overwhelming west winds could bring some fun northern birds through. Come to the hawkwatch and see what birds are flying!


Osprey and Tree Swallow

Female Northern Harrier

Snow Goose flying through the Tree Swallows

Lesser Black-backed Gull (smaller one, far left) and Herring Gull (light brown bird, far right)
among the Great Black-backed Gull.

Today's totals. Click the image to see a larger view.

Hawkwatch - Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Today's flight of raptors battled the gusty southwest winds. Tomorrow is calling for even stronger southwest winds. Here's to some more raptors migrating through, and maybe some rarities from the south too!

Eastern Bluebird and a Field Sparrow

A chunky Common Loon flies overhead!

Today's count. Click the image for a larger view.

Seawatch - Saturday, November 18, 2017

Today started off relatively busy, with nearly 1000 birds per hour for the first three hours.  However, only 2000 birds were counted in the remaining seven hours, making for a slow mid-day and afternoon.

Today's most notable push of birds were the non-scoter ducks, mixed in with scoters at much higher proportions then they have been recently, making for some difficult counting, trying to keep track of a Surf Scoter, Black Scoter, teal, scaup, and black duck number all at once.  Over 200 American Black Ducks, 284 Green-winged Teal, 187 scaup, as well as a Common Goldeneye, some Bufflehead, and both Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers were counted today, making for good diversity.

Nearly 800 gannets and 500 Red-throated Loons heading past, keeping up the slow-but-steady push of these late-peaking species.  There is bound to be a big push before the end of the month!

Check out the totals here: http://trektellen.org/count/view/1747/20171118