Cape May Hawkwatch

CAPE MAY HAWKWATCH UPDATE – OCTOBER 9th – 15th

October continues to roll on with exceptional hawk migrations at the Cape May Hawkwatch sponsored by Swarovski Optik. The NW winds continued to blow throughout the region. And as we all know, there’s nothing better than NW winds in October in Cape May. The week started off with yet another…...

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CAPE MAY HAWKWATCH UPDATE – October 1st – 8th

October started out with a bang at the Cape May Hawkwatch sponsored by Swarovski Optik. We saw a healthy amount of NW winds, allowing the floodgates to open, and migrants to pour over the hawkwatch. Every day this week reached triple digit totals of raptors and three of those days…...

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CAPE MAY HAWKWATCH UPDATE – September 25th – 30th

Hard to believe the first month of the Cape May Hawkwatch, sponsored by Swarovski Optik, is officially behind us. Despite a slow start to the last week of the month, September went out with a bang. We began the week in a weather pattern that felt more like August than…...

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CAPE MAY HAWKWATCH UPDATE – September 24

An explosion of migration occurred throughout week 3 of the Cape May Hawkwatch sponsored by Swarovski Optik. Conditions were conducive to migration nearly every day this week with the culmination on September 23rd when a massive flight occurred. Triple digit raptors were tallied every single day. This was due to…...

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CAPE MAY HAWKWATCH UPDATE – September 17

Week 2 of the Cape May Hawkwatch, sponsored by Swarovski Optik, is in the books and was headlined by a massive American Kestrel flight on September 14th. A light northerly breeze produced a handful of Kestrels in the morning hours but around noon the wind shifted to the NW and…...

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Cape May Hawkwatch Update – September 10

Greetings! Jesse Amesbury here, back for my second stint as the Cape May Hawk Counter. I am really looking forward to getting back up on the platform again and soaking in all the migration Cape May has to offer. With a little good luck, maybe this season will produce many…...

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Cape May Hawkwatch End of Season Update – November 30th

Where did the season go? Hard to believe that the 2019 fall season is already over. Those three months flew by! Stay tuned to the end of this post for full season totals and stats. The last chunk of November turned out to be fantastic. For the first time all…...

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Cape May Hawkwatch – November 12th

The standout day this week was without a doubt Friday November 8th. It was a classic fall day in Cape May; brisk northerly winds and cool temperatures. The kind of weather all hawkwatchers look for in the forecast and circle on their calendars. The birds did not disappoint either! Diversity…...

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Cape May Hawkwatch – November 7th

Hard to believe two-thirds of the season is in the books! Unfortunately, October ended on a slow note. We were plagued with less than ideal weather conditions; many days of mist, overcast, and southerly winds.  However, one bright spot came on October 26th when the first Golden Eagle of the…...

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Cape May Hawkwatch Update – October 23rd

This week produced a dramatic mix of flights depending on the weather. Friday October 18th saw our biggest flight of the week. After tropical storm strength wind gusts on Thursday the wind died down and remained out the NW on Friday. The raptors were not far behind. Ospreys and Sharp-shinned…...

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