Seasonal Research

Montclair Hawkwatch Update- November 7th

Strong North winds arrived on the first day of November, clearing away evidence of the fog and drizzle that had persisted the previous week. With these winds came a strong push of migrants. On this day, over 500 Brants flew southeast within view of the platform in several large flocks,…...

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Avalon Seawatch Update – November 2nd

This update covers October 14th through November 2nd and is to catch us up to the current week!   The last three weeks have been quite excellent in diversity, but slow on overall numbers.  We got our first big pushes of scoters, but flocks of scoters have yet to become…...

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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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Montclair Hawkwatch Update- October 31st

The weather on the majority of the days this week has not been conducive to raptor migration observation. From Tuesday the 29th through Thursday the 31st, slow winds from the southeast and high humidity were present along with thick, low fogs. During the most foggy hours of these days, the…...

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Montclair Hawkwatch Update- October 24th

This week, Turkey Vultures continued to be the most numerous raptor migrant. Notable days for this species were the 21st and 23rd, during which 73 and 43 individuals passed over, respectively. The majority of these individuals caught thermals together in groups of five to twenty birds, often forming dark masses…...

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Avalon Seawatch Update – October 13th

The week of October 7th through the 13th was dominated by a nor’easter, with four days of strong generally northeastern winds with some flooding around Avalon.  Despite this seemingly good weather for seawatching, not much of any flight was observed, continuing the trend of our slow season.  However, Tom did…...

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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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Montclair Hawkwatch Update- October 17th

As the season continues to progress with changing weather and shorter days at the Montclair Hawkwatch, the assemblage of migrants and local birds has also shifted. Temperature has stayed consistently below 60 degrees, and rain has been a bit more regular. Strong gusts of wind that occurred throughout the day…...

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Avalon Seawatch Update – October 6th

The week of September 30th through October 6th got off to a great start, with Tom Reed having an excellent flight of Lesser Black-backed Gulls (19), Parasitic Jaegers (43), and Laughing Gulls (3414).  This week also saw our first Great Cormorant, Greater Scaup, White-winged Scoter, and Black-legged Kittiwake for the…...

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Cape May Hawkwatch Update – October 16

Another week in the books for this fall season. The standout flight this week was Thursday October 10th.  Although the forecast of seasonably warm temperatures coupled with a light northerly breeze did not look promising for a large flight to materialize, we were all pleasantly surprised. It was a fantastic…...

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