SpringWatch SWifts

The SpringWatch SWifts are a new team formed specifically to support New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory's migration research. The past few years, the Springwatch migration count at the Coral Avenue dune crossover in Cape May Point has been an all-volunteer effort primarily conducted by Tom Reed with support from NJA/CMBO and the local birding community. We hope to raise money to help establish this volunteer project as a fully-funded migration count similar to the Cape May & Montclair Hawkwatches, Avalon Seawatch, Songbird Morning Flight Project.

We are competing in the Big Stay category which means we'll be there all day (except for a few, necessary time-outs). So stop by and see us! We will be conducting the official migration count for three hours starting at sunrise, but the rest of the time, we'll be counting everything!

Check out the latest Springwatch count at Trektellen or Facebook.

NEW:  Results are in! We took 2nd Place in the Big Stay category on our first time competing! From 4AM through 8:30PM we tallied 94 species. Our first bird - American Robin. Our last bird - Black-crowned Night Heron - as we were packing up to go as the big storm was in the offing. Our complete list of birds seen (or heard) is below.

Thanks so much to all that have supported our efforts. We really appreciate it!! And it's not too late for anyone that may have been thinking of donating.

SpringWatch SWifts final team list

Common Eider
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Glossy Ibis
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Parasitic Jaeger
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Black-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Peregrine Falcon
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Field Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Funds raised: $1,720 of $2,000


Thank you donors
Virginia Rettig : $50
Karen Thompson : $100
Anita vanHeeswyk : $100
JOHN BIRD : $100
Enjoyed spending time with the SpringWatch Swifts on Saturday - you guys are GOOD!
Mary Kelly : $50
Go Catherine and CMBO migration research!
Bennett Werner : $100
Isabelle Neary : $25
Hope “Big Stay” puts up big numbers for their migration bird count.
Mary Jane Roache : $100
Best of luck!
Warren Cairo : $100
Good Luck! Claudia & Warren
Deborah Shaw : $25
Amy, Tom, and Ruby O'Toole/Donovan : $100
Good luck on your first annual big stay!
Jayne Rhynard : $50
Margaret Scaglione : $25
Peter Grannis
Mara Zonderman : $25
Tweet tweet!
Osprey Birding by Boat : $100
Noticing some similarities between the crew list for the Osprey and the Springwatch SWift team.
Mark Garland : $50
I know this team will get an awesome total!
MaryAnn McCloskey : $50
Best of luck Vince! Enjoy!
Constance Campanella : $100
Anne Harlan : $50
Good luck to the SpringWatch Swiftsl from Jay Nichols & Anne Harlan.
John King : $25
Good luck, Vince.
Benjamin Barkley : $25
Team Members
Barb Bassett
Catherine Busch
Vince Elia