Morning Flight

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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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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Morning Flight Update – September 4th

Sunrise over the back of the Dike. Photo by Tom Reed After several weeks of mostly slow flights in August, September got off to an excellent start this week with some northerly winds bringing a few significant flights. While Sunday and Monday remained slow, things kicked into high gear on…...

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Morning Flight – Week 2

The second week of the count season was dominated by southerly winds, as well as some days of rain, making for poor flight conditions in general. Despite the less-than-ideal weather patterns, we had several days of solid movement and some fresh arrivals. Monday was our most active day of the…...

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Morning Flight 2021 is Underway!

A Yellow Warbler blending in with the vegetation. Photo © Tom Reed. Hello everyone, and welcome to the fall 2021 Morning Flight count season! My name is Jerald Reb, and I will be the Morning Flight counter this year, returning from 2019. I look forward to seeing many of you…...

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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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MORNING FLIGHT UPDATE – October 18th

It’s really looking like fall in Cape May with leaves changing, temps dropping, and winter species arriving. The overall trend this fall continued as consistent cold fronts brought northwest winds and lots of birds to Cape May. A couple impressive days that stood out were the 14th and the 17th,…...

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MORNING FLIGHT UPDATE – OCTOBER 4th (another mega flight!)

Flights this week were consistently good with a few days that really stood out. Strong diversity continued as well with multiple mornings having over 20 species of warblers.  As a whole this year, I feel very fortunate to have such good weather conditions on a regular basis; hopefully, this trend…...

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MORNING FLIGHT UPDATE – September 27

It was a surprisingly productive week given the number of days with south and southwesterly winds. Flights were consistent with excellent diversity throughout. Tuesday and Wednesday had nice northwesterly winds with strong flights of Blackpoll Warblers, Parulas, and Palm Warblers. Thursday brought light west winds and high overcast skies producing…...

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MORNING FLIGHT UPDATE – September 13 (Pileated Woodpecker!)

A relatively slow week compared to the last. However, we did have a couple productive days and some notable highlights. The week started with east winds, high humidity and high temperatures. Counts were low with only a handful of migrants while the mosquitoes were out with force and hungry. Similar…...

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