Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Recent Sightings

Yesterday proved to be an excellent migration day. I saw several species that were new for the fall, including palm warbler and pine warbler. At our banding blind, we caught ten raptors, which was the highest daily total at a single blind so far. Meanwhile the CMBO's Morning Flight project counted over 4,000 birds flying past their lookout. It actually started to feel like fall migration was really on.

A few people saw and photographed a magnificent frigatebird in Cape May Point yesterday. This appears to have been a straggler from TS Hanna. Unfortunately I did not find out about it until it was too late to look for it.

Today things were much slower. I saw very few migrants, and we only caught two raptors. Even the resident bird activity seemed a bit slow.