Date: 11/3/17 7:17 pm
From: Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Recent Cape May notes – White Pelican, Cave Swallows, waterbird migration
Hi all –

The past several days have featured a nice mix of quality birds, and
quality spectacles, in the Cape May area. The strong front that passed
through at the beginning of the week brought a diverse raptor movement and
another batch of Cave Swallows on Tuesday. Highlights from the hawkwatch
included 2 Golden Eagles, the season's first Northern Goshawk, and
remarkably, the fourth Rough-legged Hawk since mid-Oct. Observers stationed
in the Cape May Pt. dunes Tuesday morning counted 29 westbound Cave
Swallows, 200+ Palm Warblers (seemingly late for so many), and an American
Golden-Plover.

The Avalon Seawatch entered the peak of its season this week, with 10,000+
birds tallied on multiple days and a solid 36,000+ on Wednesday alone (
http://trektellen.org/count/view/1747/20171101). Scoters have served as the
primary attraction in recent days, along with excellent waterfowl diversity
and growing numbers of Northern Gannets and Red-throated Loons.

Rarities have not featured prominently during the past week, so it was nice
to hear of an Am. White Pelican discovered near Cape May Harbor on
Wednesday. It subsequently spent large chunks of Thursday and today on the
Coast Guard Ponds along Ocean Drive, and also put in a brief appearance at
Cape May Pt. around midday Thursday. Even more notable locally was a
Pileated Woodpecker photographed at Cape May Pt. State Park this morning.
There are very few autumn records of the species here, at least in modern
times.

Weather for songbird migration has not been optimal since Tuesday, but
fair-to-good numbers of typical late-season movers (Robin, Yellow-rumped
Warbler, Cedar Waxwing, Red-winged Blackbird) have been evident over Cape
May Pt. during the past several mornings, with today's movement including
20,000+ Robins, 4500 Yellow-rumps, 500+ Cedar Waxwings, and 600+ House
Finches. Owl migration has also been unremarkable, and I'm aware of <5
Saw-whet Owls banded as of today. Regular dusk watches from the South Cape
May Meadows have also failed to yield any sightings of departing owls.
Virginia Rail and Sora continue to be somewhat reliable along the south end
of the west path at the South Cape May Meadows, with at least 5 of the
former and 2 of the latter detected there this evening.

best,
tr


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