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Fall Banding Update: Week 9 (10/11 – 10/17)

Photo above is a close-up of our first Hermit Thrush of the season…but we expect many more in the weeks to come! By Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge Week nine of our inaugural banding season here in Cape May was quite the departure from the beginning half of the…...

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CMBO Daily Roundup – October 12, 2018

[Above: American Kestrel #5039 of the day migrates past the Cape May Hawkwatch, establishing a new single-day record.] Weather: A memorable day as the cold front and remnants of Michael departed over the Atlantic, with variable clouds ushered past on strong NW winds that gusted to 50mph during the early morning.…...

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CMBO Daily Roundup – October 11, 2018

Weather: Yet another summery day with highs reaching 80ºF at various locations, even under mainly overcast skies. Scattered, heavy rain showers moved north across the peninsula primarily during the morning hours; much more rain is expected during the overnight as Tropical Storm Michael arrives with a strong cold front. Migration counts: Morning Flight…...

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Major Milestones at the Banding Station

The last week has been very busy for New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) in partnership with Cellular Tracking Technologies (CTT), Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Our first deployment of LifeTags™, tiny solar-powered radio transmitters weighing about 0.35g (less than a dollar bill cut in half).…...

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CMBO Daily Roundup – October 10, 2018

Weather: A very warm October day, with afternoon highs reaching 80ºF at a number of locations. Skies were mainly sunny and winds were steady from the S/SSE, light in the morning and gradually increasing through the day. Migration counts: Morning Flight (0649-0934), Hawkwatch (0700-1700), Seawatch (0704-1828) Banding: 5.5 hours (0635-1205), 46…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 8 (10/04 – 10/10)

By Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge The eighth week of NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) inaugural banding season saw mostly southerly winds and warmer temperatures in The Nature Conservancy’s South Cape May Meadows (The Meadows), and yet we had quite a few surprises and an impressive total…...

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CMBO Daily Roundup – October 8, 2018

Weather: A seasonably mild and mainly overcast day with areas of fog during the morning. Winds were steady from the east at about 10mph throughout. Migration counts: Morning Flight (0647-1032), Hawkwatch (0700-1745), Seawatch (0702-1831) Banding: 6.5 hours (0630-1300), 101 individuals across 17 species (+1 recapture only). Highlights: Yellow-billed Cuckoo (2), Least…...

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CMBO Daily Roundup – October 5, 2018

Weather: A cooler day behind the passage of a cold front, with skies primarily overcast throughout and some showers passing through during the afternoon hours.  North winds shifted to northeast by mid-morning and increased as the day went along, with gusts to 25mph by mid-afternoon. Migration counts: Morning Flight (0645-1100), Hawkwatch…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 7 (9/27 – 10/3)

Words and Images by Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge The excitement that ended the sixth week of our inaugural season of banding here in Cape May continued right over into the seventh week with September 27 being our biggest day yet! We processed 180 birds (165 new) of 28 species.…...

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The first season of the next 100 years

Introduction Bird banding provides an opportunity to assess the physical condition of birds, as well as to determine the age/sex ratio of birds passing through a site. Together these data provide insight into the health of individuals, populations, and in some cases, entire species. While NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird…...

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