Monday, October 7, 2013

Pre-front Jaeger Movement

[Juvenile Parasitic Jaeger passes Cape May Point this morning.]

Something in the neighborhood of 50 to 100, or maybe more, Parasitic Jaegers passed Cape May Point, NJ this morning, many pausing to make life miserable for the accumulated gulls and terns in The Rips. Michael O'Brien calculated 80-something, I believe, in his watch time at the point. Unprecedented. All were moving right to left, around Cape May Point, which is why we think we were constantly seeing new birds, not repeats. Where'd they come from, meaning what migration path brought them there? Overland from the Great Lakes region, perhaps? We just don't know, but it was a sight to see.

As I write (4:50 p.m.), the strong cold front that has been sweeping across the country has arrived in Cape May, with attending showers. Tomorrow will be a good day for songbirds, but how good remains to be seen, since we've had some good migration weather in recent days, which means there is not that much of a backlog of migrants waiting to move. Or maybe there is, tomorrow will tell. Meanwhile, over 400 Peregrines have been counted in Cape May in the last 4 days, how many more are in the pipe for tomorrow? It should be a fine hawk day, too.

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