Date: 11/5/17 6:29 pm From: Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 5 Nov - Yellow-billed Cuckoo, scoter migration
A relatively quiet day for landbird migration, though diversity was again quite high for early-November. At least 130 species were detected at Cape Island-- some of the more notable included single Yellow-billed Cuckoos at the Rea Farm and Cape May Pt. State Park, 2 Indigo Buntings and 1-2 Dickcissels flying around Cape May Pt. during the early-AM, a continuing Redhead at the South Cape May Meadows, and a Chimney Swift over Cape May Pt. during the late afternoon. The 23 Osprey counted at the hawkwatch made for the highest single-day total in November since 1997.
Some of this movement was also evident at Cape May Pt., where there was additionally a light but steady "exit flight" out of Delaware Bay first thing in the morning-- presumably created by a combination of overnight rain, east winds, and a rising tide during the early-AM. This outbound flight included 9 Parasitic Jaegers, 100+ Bonaparte's Gulls, 7 Black Skimmers, and 3 Common Eiders. Reduced numbers of gulls and terns continue to occupy the "rips" off Cape May Pt. at times, and these flocks played host to a slightly tardy Common Tern this morning.
-- Tom Reed Reed's Beach NJ coturnicops at gmail dot com