Hawkwatch, 2 September 2016

The second day of the 2016 Cape May Hawkwatch was highlighted with an early morning flight of songbirds, raptors throughout the day, and beautiful skies of scattered clouds. North winds gave migrants a tailwind which made for a bird-filled day of scanning the skies.

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk flying overhead. 
This Silver-haired Bat stopped by for a rest today.

The first-of-the-fall migrating Red-tailed Hawks and Cooper's Hawks were seen riding thermals throughout the day. Visitors were treated to great views of Bald Eagles, both immature and adult-plumaged birds. Daily raptor tallies include 5 Red-tailed Hawks, 5 Broad-winged Hawks, 8 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 9 Cooper's Hawks, 1 Northern Harrier, 14 American Kestrel, 5 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, and 57 Osprey.

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