Seasonal Research

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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Montclair Hawk Lookout Update, 10/2 – 10/12/21

It is often the case with hawk-watching that the birds seem to be nowhere until they are everywhere.  This is an important concept to remind yourself of, especially when you begin to question why you are spending your third hour sitting in a chair staring at a blank sky.  That…...

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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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