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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 (0649-0934), Hawkwatch (0700-1700), Seawatch (0705-1826)

Banding: closed today due to rain

Peregrine Falcon migrating past the Cape May Hawkwatch this afternoon between rain showers. Photo © Tom Reed.

Birding summary: Water levels at the South Cape May Meadows remained at a preferable level for shorebirds with multiple Pectoral Sandpipers again enjoyed through much of the day; the Eurasian Wigeon also continued there. The south winds and generally soupy conditions produced a number of Parasitic Jaegers off Cape May Point, with 50+ moving south past Sunset Beach during the AM. At least 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds continue to linger at West Cape May. American Bitterns were reported at Cape May Pt. State Park, Nummy Island, and Two Mile Landing.

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