View From The Cape

Montclair Hawk Lookout Weekly Report, 9/5 – 9/11/2021

Merlin by Wayne Greenstone This week started with a washout on Sunday September 5th.  The following day was Labor Day, and apparently this is a holiday also observed by raptors, because almost all of them stayed home and skipped the migration.  A few Bald Eagles defied this tradition, however, and…...

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Birding the Meadows – September 27, 2021

Leaders (7:30am group): Bill Boyle, Karen Thompson Leaders (7:45am group): Bill Roache, Mary Jane Roache Temp: Winds: Weather Conditions:   7:30 am group 37 species Species Count Mute Swan 2 Northern Shoveler 1 Gadwall 3 Mallard 14 Northern Pintail 1 Green-winged Teal 16 Mourning Dove 1 Killdeer 2 Least Sandpiper…...

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Above Par Birding at Cox Hall Creek – September 26, 2021

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Janet Crawford Temp: 65° F Winds:  N 15-20 mph Weather Conditions: sunny Walking down the trail at CHC WMA this morning, we encountered one flock after another of feeding songbirds.  Palm and Black-and- white Warblers, Baltimore Orioles and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Pine Warblers, birds were hungry…...

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Hawks, Trails, and Beach – September 25, 2021

Leaders: Bert Hixon, Ruth Bergstrom Temp: 73° F Winds:  NNE 4 mph Weather Conditions: sunny 40 species Species Count Mute Swan 24 Blue-winged Teal 8 Gadwall 4 American Wigeon 2 Mallard 6 American Black Duck 1 Northern Pintail 2 Green-winged Teal 6 Mourning Dove 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2 Laughing Gull…...

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Fall Migration at the Rea Farm – September 25, 2021

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon Temp: 63° F Winds:  N 8 mph Weather Conditions: sunny The “Beanery” gave us ample opportunity to listen to bird song, and bird chips, this morning. Carolina Wrens were their usual boisterous selves, Gray Catbirds crackled and meowed in the underbrush, and Brown Thrashers…...

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Higbee Beach Birding – September 24, 2021

Leaders (7:30am group): Mary Watkins, Bernie Hodgdon Leaders (7:45am group): Chris Marks, Jackie Parker Temp: Winds: Weather Conditions:   7:30am group: Lots of catbirds and bluejays! Then warblers high and low once the sun hit the trees.! 30 species Species Count Mourning Dove 2 Ring-billed Gull 1 Herring Gull 4…...

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Migration at the Point – September 22, 2021

Leaders: Brett Ewald, Chris Marks, Mary Watkins Temp: Winds: Weather Conditions: 41 species Species Count Black Scoter 4 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3 Mourning Dove 18 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2 Sanderling 27 Laughing Gull 25 Ring-billed Gull 4 Herring Gull 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Great Black-backed Gull 28 Caspian Tern…...

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Monarch Monitoring Project – September 20, 2021

We are nearly three weeks into the field season for the Monarch Monitoring Project, and on Sunday (Sept. 19) we started to see the season’s first major influx of monarchs into Cape May Point.  We also conducted our first three tagging demos on Friday through Sunday, with good attendance each…...

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Twilight Walk at the Meadows – September 22, 2021

Leaders: Alan Crawford, Jackie Parker Temp: Winds: Weather Conditions: 33 species Species Count Canada Goose 8 Mute Swan 2 Northern Shoveler 6 Gadwall 6 American Wigeon 6 Mallard 26 American Black Duck 1 Mourning Dove 5 Sora 1 Killdeer 5 Sanderling 14 Least Sandpiper 12 Pectoral Sandpiper 4 Semipalmated Sandpiper…...

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Birding the Meadows – September 20, 2021

Leaders (7:30am): Bill Boyle, Karen Thompson Leaders (7:45am): Bill Roache, Mary Jane Roache Temp: Winds: Weather Conditions:   7:30am Group 39 species Species Count Canada Goose 12 Mute Swan 4 Blue-winged Teal 8 Northern Shoveler 2 Gadwall 8 Mallard 6 Mourning Dove 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Killdeer 1 Least Sandpiper…...

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