Hawkwatch - Friday, September 21, 2018

Several Sharp-shinned Hawks, American Kestrels, and Osprey were seen at first light migrating high overhead. Their unique raptor silhouettes danced among the pearly-violet skies. A few Cape May Warblers flew by, giving their delicate high-pitched call notes. This warbler was first identified in Cape May, but breeds well north and northwest west of here throughout large spruce forests.

The mid-day hours produced small flights of Osprey, Bald Eagles, and a few Peregrine Falcons. As the day came to a close, dozens upon dozens of low-flying Osprey were seen cutting across the ocean, most of which departing from "the Jetty" around downtown Cape May.

Tomorrow's forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies and light winds out of the west and northwest. There is potential for a good raptor flight, especially the latter half of the day. Bring your binoculars and join in the fun tomorrow as the fall migration continues!


A few flurries of Blue Jays fluttered by this morning.

American Kestrel. Sleek... Slender.. Banana peel-like wingbeats.

Peregrine Falcon showing off 2nd-year plumage. A few adult feathers mixed with juvenile feathers.

Bald Eagle chasing the Osprey in hopes of stealing a meal!

Today's sightings
See you at the Cape May Hawk Watch,
Erik Bruhnke

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