View from the Platform 10-22-08

Location: Cape May Bird Observatory Hawk Watch Site

Fall has finally arrived in Cape May this week, bringing along cool crisp air and blustery winds to the hawk watch platform. Though our migration numbers were not as high today (286) as they have been, visitors to the platform sighted 15 of the 19 (most) possible raptor species today! Highlights included our first Northern Goshawk of the season, an immature Golden Eagle and several close looks at Red-shouldered Hawks. A variety non-raptor species were also seen - see list below:
Ashley Green

Number of species: 27

Canada Goose X
Mute Swan 2
Gadwall 2
Mallard X
Northern Pintail 1
Green-winged Teal 29
Ruddy Duck 6
Northern Gannet X
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Egret 2
Ruddy Turnstone 5
White-rumped Sandpiper 3
Great Black-backed Gull 20
Belted Kingfisher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 10
crow sp. X
Tree Swallow X
Cliff Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler X
Palm Warbler 1
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Rusty Blackbird 2
Pine Siskin X
House Sparrow X

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