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Epic migration: A record flight in Duluth, a warbler blitz in Cape May

Common Nighthawk over Wausau, Wisconsin, August 22, 2013, by sfisher.
Common Nighthawk over Wausau, Wisconsin, August 22, 2013, by sfisher.

What a flight counters near Duluth, Minnesota, witnessed on September 1! Keeping watch at Hawk Ridge and another location close to Lake Superior, they tallied 91,667 non-raptors, including 198 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 12,842 Cedar Waxwings, and no fewer than 33,758 warblers. Each total was a single-day record for Minnesota.

Better yet, 28,054 Common Nighthawks also winged past, the third highest total ever recorded in the state. Counters had tallied almost 14,000 just a few days before.

See photos of Common Nighthawk.

A map and directions to the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory.

And what a morning flight birders at Cape May’s Higbee Beach witnessed on September 14! Counters estimated that over 40,000 birds passed by in 40 minutes after 6:50 a.m. An incredible 56,636 warblers were tallied, 40,729 of which were thought to be redstarts. The one-day total smashed the season record for the species.

A version of this article was published in the December 2015 issue of BirdWatching.

See photos of American Redstart.

Read an article by Pete Dunne about fall birding at Cape May.

 

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