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.
Banding: 5.5 hours (0635-1205), 46 individuals across 11 species (+1 recapture only). Highlights: Blue Jay, Brown Thrasher. Top Species: Yellow-rumped Warbler (30 + 2 recaptured), Gray Catbird (4), Swamp Sparrow (3), Common Yellowthroat (2), Northern Waterthrush (1 + 2 recaptured).
Birding summary: Water levels at the South Cape May Meadows are (for now) at a preferable range for both shorebirds and rails– 12+ Pectoral Sandpipers, a juv. Dunlin, and multiple Sora were enjoyed there through much of the day. The hawkwatch hosted another strong Peregrine movement with 136 tallied, primarily during the mid-day hours. Observers at Morning Flight were treated to a Clay-colored Sparrow during the early morning. Later, a second-hand report of a Black-throated Gray Warbler near the Higbee Beach WMA parking lot made for intriguing news.
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