Hawkwatch - Saturday, October 21, 2017

Today's flight of raptors surpassed 200 birds, with over half of them being high-flying Sharp-shinned Hawks. Red-shouldered Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks are making daily appearances over recent days, being the latter half of October. The morning flight of songbirds over the hawkwatch consisted of waves of Yellow-rumped Warblers and American Robins mixing throughout the skies... by the thousands! To the south, up to a dozen Parasitic Jaegers were seen harassing gulls over the distant rips at one time. It was a thrilling morning, with a rare treat to come

Highly unexpected was a Gray Kingbird, found flying quite close to the hawkwatch. This bird is normally found throughout Florida and the Caribbean. This morning's sighting of Gray Kingbird marks the 7th record for Cape May. You never know what will show up in beautiful Cape May!

Tomorrow marks the last day of the Cape May Fall Festival. Stop on by the hawkwatch and see what birds are flying!

Gray Kingbird

Red-shouldered Hawk flying behind a Turkey Vulture

Rusty Blackbird

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

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