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SSHA...SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS!

Sharp-shinned Hawk is a very prominent autumn migrant at Cape May.

SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS STOLE THE SHOW TODAY in the same way that Yellow-rumped Warblers had done the previous day. I saw several hundred of them bombing through the narrow belt of dunes at the point, all re-orientating back north and some pausing to hunt terrified Yellow-rumped Warblers amongst the dune scrub. Several Cooper’s Hawks were with them and TVs and Golden Eagles were still on the move today, although the number of passerines was much reduced. The hawks following their song bird prey south as the big clear-out of the northern forests continues.

 

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CAPE MAY HAWKWATCH

Golden Eagle is another Cape May special and this one delighted the crowds with a fly past of the Hawkwatch Platform 

CAPE MAY IS ALSO FAMOUS FOR ITS HAWK WATCH PLATFORM and the conditions that proved ideal for passerine migration also brought a strong raptor passage. Most of the Broad-winged Hawks had moved through already but there were still a few in the kettles of TVs (Turkey Vultures) along with plenty of accipiters – Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks. Falcons included a Peregrine amongst the American Kestrels and Merlins. The icing on the cake of a respectable total of 15 raptor species was five sightings of Golden Eagle and a juvenile light morph Swainson’s Hawk, the latter a New Jersey rarity and an unfamiliar plumage for most. One of the young Goldies attempted a crossing of Delaware Bay but soon turned back after the strong northwest wind started to blow it out to sea. A nearby Vesper Sparrow in a wood pile also provided some excitement for local birders. 

TV or Turkey Vulture! 

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