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Kathy completed her flight and confirmed this week as the peak of the migration. She found abundant birds throughout the bay from Cape May to north of Fortesque. The total came to 278,000 with over 36,000 knots, 86,000 turnstone, 76,000 semi's, 22,000 sanderlings, 13,000 dowitcher, and a new high of dunlin, 45,000. The knot estimate is low and may be higher if we include birds known to be on roosts, but Kathy's count never included the roost numbers so the count is valid. The birds were more widely distributed than last week reflecting the greater egg availability from the new moon spawn of horseshoe crabs.

Click here for 2001 count data

Lawrence J. Niles, PhD
Chief, NJ Endangered Species Program

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