Seasonal Research

Cape May Springwatch: Late March / Early April update

A Short-eared Owl at the Cape May Springwatch on April 2. Photo © Tom Reed. By Tom Reed The weather has been less than ideal for bird migration in Cape May over the past few weeks. A generally cool and wet pattern has taken hold, and that has prevented any…...

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Meet our spring seasonals!

We’ve got some amazing seasonal employees to help us carry out CMBO’s mission of connecting people with nature while also keeping our finger on the pulse of migration. Let’s meet our current seasonals! Springwatch Technician – Julian Grudens Julian is a birder and field biologist hailing from the sunshine state,…...

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Cape May Springwatch: March 11-22, 2021

A Snow Bunting at the Cape May Springwatch on March 16. Photo © Tom Reed. By Tom Reed Summary The period opened with southerly winds and another push of Canada Geese (1,181) and assorted early-season migrants on the 11th. Happily, the southerlies continued into the 12th, producing the season’s first…...

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Cape May Springwatch: March 1-10, 2021

[An Ipswich Savannah Sparrow stops by the Cape May Springwatch. Photo © Tom Reed.] By Tom Reed Introduction Spring greetings from Cape May! The 2021 Cape May Springwatch season commenced Monday, March 1, and daily migration monitoring will continue at Cape May Point through the last day of May. We…...

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AVALON SEAWATCH UPDATE – December & Season Summary

Hi everyone!  We’ve come to the end of another Seawatch season! This December has been somewhat slow, so rather than give a day-by-day breakdown, I’ll just point out some highlights then give you a quick overview of the season totals! December started out by continuing the November trend of gannets…...

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MONTCLAIR HAWKWATCH UPDATE – Late Season Summary

The second half of this unique 2020 season had its share of challenges but was also a boon of amazing observations. Bad weather continued through the last two weeks of October and caused us to miss a few days; despite this, these proved to be two of our best weeks…...

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CAPE MAY HAWKWATCH UPDATE – Nov 20th to 30th

That’s all she wrote. The 2020 Cape May Hawkwatch, sponsored by Swarovski Optik, is officially finished and in the books. Stayed tuned to the end of this post for the full season total! The final 10 days of the count were what one would expect at this stage in the…...

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AVALON SEAWATCH UPDATE – Nov. 11th to Nov. 24th

This period started off slow but ramped up into quite a busy two weeks! Wednesday the 11th was overall slow, with a little over 1000 gannets and over 150 Laughing Gulls, but only 400 scoters and 170 Red-throated Loons. The 12th was similarly slow, with only 400 gannets, 400 Laughing…...

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MORNING FLIGHT UPDATE – Winter Finch Invasion

With late-November upon us and the 2020 morning flight count in the books, I’ve been meaning to post about the last few weeks of the season.  An incredible early season was equally matched by an unprecedented flight of northern finches throughout October and November. Species moving south in force this…...

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CAPE MAY HAWKWATCH UPDATE – November 13th to19th

Wind was the name of the game this week at the Cape May Hawkwatch, sponsored by Swarovski Optik. Almost every day saw sustained winds at 20mph and even up to 30mph on a few occasions. The wind direction varied greatly making counting this week either very rewarding or very frustrating.…...

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