Cape May Hawkwatch

Final Cape May Hawkwatch Update: November 19th – 30th

After ninety-one consecutive days of counting migrating birds of prey, the 2021 autumn season has officially ended. Keep reading to find out the grand total of raptors counted this season! First, I need to cover the final leg of the season.  After a slow start to the beginning of November,…...

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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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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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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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Cape May Hawkwatch Update: September 24th to October 7th

The Cape May Hawkwatch, sponsored by Swarovski Optik, is already one third finished! Hard to believe the month of September is already in the books. A grand total of 8,827 raptors were tallied during the first month. To put that in perspective, the September average for the previous 5 years…...

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Cape May Hawkwatch Update: Sept 10th – 23rd

Hard to believe that we are already 3 weeks into the 2021 season at the Cape May Hawkwatch sponsored by Swarovski Optik. The headliner during the first 3 weeks were, no doubt, Ospreys. All but one day during this period saw double digit Ospreys and 6 of those days were…...

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Cape May Hawkwatch – September 1st to 9th

Hello, NJ Audubon blog readers! This is Jesse Amesbury, returning for my third season as the official counter at the Cape May Hawkwatch, sponsored by Swarovski Optik. They say third time’s a charm, so I’m crossing my fingers for some record breaking totals this season! The anticipation at the beginning…...

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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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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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CAPE MAY HAWKWATCH UPDATE – November 6th to 12th

This week felt more like September than November at the Cape May Hawkwatch, sponsored by Swarovski Optik. Every day this week we saw above average temperatures with dew points in the upper 60s and abundant sunshine. Although the weather was fabulous and made for some very enjoyable days on the…...

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