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A western visitor to the Jersey Shore

Here in New Jersey we only have one species of hummingbird that breeds in our fair state, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). But each fall and winter, as many thousands of Ruby-throated hummers have since moved through the state and headed south for warmer wintering locations throughout the southern US,…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 12 (11/1 – 11/7)

Above: Our Bander-in-charge and a fraction of the total volunteer squad for the season, but a solid representation of the high quality staffing that helped make fall 2018 a successful reality! By Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge Week twelve began with flashing lights and six police officers right outside…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 11 (10/25 – 10/31)

Above: a stunning Lincoln’s Sparrow, one of several caught during our big sparrow days! By Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge Having banded 253 new birds with only six nets open the previous day followed by Northwesterly winds all night, we suspected that week eleven was going to start off…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 10 (10/18 – 10/24)

Above: Our first-of-the-season Yellow-throated Vireo shows off its almost Day-Glo plumage! By Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge One of the main concerns that we faced with opening a coastal banding station in the fall was how to handle Yellow-rumped Warbler migration or, as some of us affectionately dubbed it,…...

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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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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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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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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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Fall Banding Update: Week 6 (9/20 – 9/26)

Words by Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge The sixth week of our inaugural banding season began with a stinker of a surprise at the nets and ended with one huge surprise in the nets. September 20, while opening the nets, we came around the corner to discover a skunk had taken…...

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Fall Banding Update: Week 5 (9/13 – 9/19)

Words by Laura-Marie Koitsch, 2018 Bander In Charge The fifth week of the inaugural season of NJ Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory banding station saw a continuation of the easterly winds and variable totals from day-to-day. For example, on September 11th, we banded 107 birds, the following day we banded…...

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