Seasonal Research

Cape May Hawkwatch Update: November 5th – 18th

Just like every hawkwatch in the northeastern US, the daily totals follow a bell curve throughout the fall season. They start out low in September and slowly increase until they peak in October and then slowly decrease throughout November. Unfortunately, the totals seem to be dropping rapidly during the first…...

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Morning Flight Season Recap

Sunrise over the back of the Dike. Photo by Jerald Reb November 15th was the final day of the 2021 Morning Flight season, so it’s time to take a look back at the highlights of this fall! We ended the count with over 335,000 individual birds counted and over 220…...

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Avalon Seawatch Update: October 20th to November 2nd

The front of a flock of Surf Scoter. The Surf Scoter movement on the 28th was spectacular, with most of the flocks flying close to the jetty allowing for the best possible views of these migrants. Hello Everyone! This is the time of year we’ve been waiting for; the large…...

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Cape May Hawkwatch Update: October 22nd – November 4th

We may have turned the corner and are squarely in the back half of the 2021 fall season, but there is no sign of slowing down at the Cape May Hawkwatch, sponsored by Swarovski Optik! On October 27th a whopping 1,197 migrating raptors were tallied, including 668 Sharp-shinned Hawks. An…...

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Montclair Hawkwatch Update: Oct 13th – Nov 2nd, 2021

This was another period of feast or famine at Montclair, punctuated by some weather events (in other words, a typical October).  The 13th was certainly a famine, with only a single migrant Sharp-shinned counted, but accipiter numbers started to pick up the following day, and some decently large groups of…...

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Avalon Seawatch Update: October 7th – 19th

A flock of Brant flying by the Seawatch. Brant are a species small goose that winter in bays and coastlines, and have a black head and neck with a pale chest.   Hello everyone! Here’s an update for the Avalon Seawatch from October 7th to October 19th. It’s been so…...

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Cape May Hawkwatch Update: October 8th – October 21st

We are smack dab in the heart of raptor migration in Cape May. Hundreds of visitors time their vacations to be in Cape May during the middle of October. The biggest raptor flights are nearly guaranteed to occur in this time frame, and any bird found in the United States…...

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Morning Flight Update – 10/14/2021

Sunrise over the Dike. Photo by Jerald Reb Hello everyone, I apologize for the lack of recent updates; it’s been a busy season on the Dike! Early October has seen a significant shift in diversity here, with many of our early season Warblers reaching the end of their time in…...

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Avalon Seawatch Update: Sept. 22 – Oct. 6

Hello everyone! This is Nick Giordano, and this will be my first year counting the Avalon Seawatch! I am extremely excited to join the Cape May Bird Observatory team and witness the spectacular waterbird migration. I am also excited to be able to see everyone out at the Seawatch and…...

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