Date: 11/4/17 6:21 pm From: Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 4 Nov - White Pelican, robins, waterbirds
Hi all -
There was an obvious surge of nocturnal migrants statewide Friday night, though birds were primarily on a NE->SW trajectory, favoring inland areas over the coast. Nevertheless, Cape May Pt. played host to a lively songbird flight during the early-AM, headlined by ca. 60,000 American Robins. This morning's movement also featured fair diversity for the date and included a rather late American Redstart, at least 2 Dickcissels, 7+ Blackpoll Warblers, a Bobolink, 2 Snow Buntings, and a Lapland Longspur.
The Am. White Pelican put in its final appearance over Cape May Pt. this morning, soaring with Turkey Vultures for a while before eventually departing sw. across Delaware Bay. Another strong waterbird flight was seen from Avalon, featuring nearly 47,000 total birds ( http://trektellen.org/count/view/1747/20171104).
Other odds and ends included a Cliff and multiple Barn Swallows at Cape May Pt. (apparently no Caves today), 2 Redheads at the South Cape May Meadows, and 2 Vesper Sparrows at the Rea Farm. Several Parasitic Jaegers remain in the "rips" off Cape May Pt.
-- Tom Reed Reed's Beach NJ coturnicops at gmail dot com