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Sunset Beach: A Place for all Seasons – January 9, 2022

Leaders: Mary Watkins, Ruth Bergstrom, Eileen Mathers, Bernie Hodgdon Temp: 35° F Winds:  SSW 19 mph Weather Conditions: 27 species Species Count Canada Goose 25 Mute Swan 2 Wood Duck 4 Gadwall 4 Mallard 6 American Black Duck 3 Green-winged Teal 4 Black Scoter 20 Bufflehead 1 Ring-billed Gull 1…...

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Birding Cape May Point – January 8, 2022

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon Temp: 27° F Winds:  NW 14 mph Weather Conditions: sunny We always expect to see lots of ducks, a good number of sparrows and many chipping Yellow-rumped Warblers on our winter walks at Cape May Point. What we don’t expect to see are…...

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Kick Off Your Year List 2022 – January 1, 2022

Leaders: Melissa Roach, Chris Marks, Mary Watkins, Alan Crawford Temp: 50-55° F Winds:   0-5 mph Weather Conditions: rain/fog Mild temperatures throughout the day (low to mid 50s) and light wind. However, heavy fog and rain persisted until about 2pm. Despite the dreary weather, we still saw a good number of…...

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Sunset Beach: A Place for all Seasons – December 12, 2021

Leaders: Mary Watkins, Eileen Mathers, Ruth Bergstrom Temp: 45° F Winds:  NW 26 mph Weather Conditions: sunny 22 species Species Count Mallard 15 Mourning Dove 1 Ring-billed Gull 8 Herring Gull 6 Great Black-backed Gull 10 Northern Gannet 2 Double-crested Cormorant 4 Great Blue Heron 1 Great Egret 1 Turkey…...

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Harlequin Romance – December 11, 2021

Leaders: Melissa Roach, Mary Watkins, Jackie Parker, and Jesse Amesbury Temp: 52°- 57° F Winds:  SW 22-25 mph Weather Conditions: overcast, dense fog, some rain Barnegat Lighthouse State Park – 9:41am 26 species Species Count Canada Goose 45 Mallard 16 American Black Duck 4 Harlequin Duck 8 Long-tailed Duck 5…...

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Birding Cape May Point – December 11, 2021

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon Temp: 55° F Winds:  S 28 mph Weather Conditions: cloudy It was a little strange hearing the frequent chips of Yellow-rumped Warblers coming from below the level of the boardwalk as they hunkered down out of the wind and drizzle at the State Park this…...

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Avalon Seawatch Update: November 3rd – 23rd

A group of Wood Ducks migrating in the early morning. The West winds have provided a good diversity and abundance of non-scoter ducks, which provides a good ID challenge in the morning light. Hello Everyone! Things have been quite busy over at the Seawatch the past few weeks; thanks to…...

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Final Cape May Hawkwatch Update: November 19th – 30th

After ninety-one consecutive days of counting migrating birds of prey, the 2021 autumn season has officially ended. Keep reading to find out the grand total of raptors counted this season! First, I need to cover the final leg of the season.  After a slow start to the beginning of November,…...

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Montclair Hawk Lookout Update: Nov 3rd – 30th, 2021

As is typical at Montclair, November was the slowest month this season, with the bulk of migrants composed of Turkey Vultures and Red-shouldered Hawks. The latter did not seem to accompany the former as they frequently did in October, but instead, often appeared to materialize suddenly out of thin air,…...

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Birding Cape May Point – December 4, 2021

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon Temp: 50° F Winds:  NE 5 mph Weather Conditions: mostly cloudy The State Park ponds are currently hosting a large variety and number of ducks and they all looked beautiful in this morning’s warm sunlight. The male Eurasian Wigeon is still on Lighthouse Pond. Two…...

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