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!
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
American Black Duck
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow