Seasonal Research

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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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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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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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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