Having visited the Cape May County Park and Zoo today, including its resident caracara, I conclude the best explanation for the current Crested Caracara hanging out by the West Cape May bridge is a pending jailbreak of the zoo's bird by the new arrival ;>) . Although, a friend visiting from the south mentioned caracaras apparently irrupting into Louisiana this fall. . .and the obvious question is, is this the same Caracara that was in West Windsor in September and in Estell Manor just a few days ago. One would think. . .
[Cape May Zoo's sign for Crested Caracara, note in particular the bird's normal range. Click to enlarge.]