Hawkwatch, 10 November 2016

Today's light northwest winds helped bring birds (raptors and non-raptors) through south New Jersey. We had a great day of raptor migration with over 400 raptors tallied today. Tomorrow's winds are expected to be out of the northwest again but this time with gusts approaching 40mph. These strong winds can spark migration well north of us and bring raptors through the area

It was a really fun day to be at the Cape May Hawkwatching platform. Kettles of raptors scattered throughout the skies. Turkey Vultures rounded up the Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, and Bald Eagles while the smaller Cooper's Hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks decided to make their own routes. See you at the hawkwatch!

Juvenile Northern Harrier (above) and adult Red-shouldered Hawk (below).

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk

Adult Red-shouldered Hawk

Two Red-shouldered Hawks migrating through. Adult is on the left, juvenile on the right.

Bald Eagle

Barn Swallow. We also had a few Cave Swallows and Cliff Swallow today!

Cooper's Hawk on a mission.


Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Today's bird totals.

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