Seasonal Research

CAPE MAY HAWKWATCH UPDATE – October 16th to 22nd

Unfortunately, migration was mostly at a standstill this week at the Cape May Hawkwatch sponsored by Swarovski Optik. Up until this week, migration was more or less nonstop minus a few bad days here and there. This week saw only 1 solid day of migration. The other 6 days consisted…...

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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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MONTCLAIR HAWKWATCH UPDATE – OCTOBER 9TH

Saying Goodbye to September and Remembering a Montclair Icon As we round out the month of September, we reluctantly say goodbye to peak season for Broad-winged Hawks. This week’s total was just 51 individuals. What was a down week for raptors overall hosted a large diversity of songbirds including many…...

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AVALON SEAWATCH UPDATE – OCTOBER 6TH

Hi everyone! This is David Weber, and I’m back for my 4th year counting the Avalon Seawatch!  Time sure does fly by!  I’ll be posting weekly updates from here on out, and in this post I’ll update you on the first two weeks of the count so far in 2020…...

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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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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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MONTCLAIR HAWKWATCH UPDATE – September 30

As we round out the fourth week of the 2020 fall season, it’s clear that we have reached the beginning of the end for Broad-winged Hawk migration. We’ve had a couple decent Broad-wing movements but numbers are still low compared to previous years; here’s hoping for a good day or…...

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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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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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