You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared
on Thursday, October 10, 2002. Highlights from the last week include
LONG-BILLED CURLEW, SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER, SWAINSON'S HAWK,
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, COMMON EIDER, PARASITIC
JAEGER, POMARINE JAEGER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED
GODWIT, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and news of the migration.
A LONG-BILLED CURLEW was seen from the south end of Nummy Island on Oct.
8th, at various times on both the east and west sides of the island. Up
to four MARBLED GODWITS are being seen from the north end of Nummy.
A SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was also seen on Oct. 8th, this bird found in
the pools behind the Wetlands Institute, along Stone Harbor Blvd.
An immature SWAINSON'S HAWK, described as "intermediate morph," was seen
around Cape May from Sept. 28th through Oct. 6th. The bird was seen in
many areas around West Cape May and Cape May Point.
A juvenile BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE has been frequenting areas around Cape
May Point from Oct. 4th through at least the 9th, with sightings from
the jetties in Cape May Point, from the Cape May hawkwatch, and from The
Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The Meadows"),
where the bird was seen lounging with other gulls on Oct. 8th.
CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS have been seen at Hidden Valley on Oct. 8th and
10th, at the north end of Pavilion Circle in Cape May Point on Oct.7th
and 8th, and along Coral Ave., Cape May Point, on Oct. 6th.
Three COMMON EIDERS were seen off Cape May Point on Oct. 6th.
PARASITIC JAEGERS are being seen daily from the Avalon Seawatch and from
the Hawkwatch in Cape May Point, and a POMARINE JAEGER was seen from the
Hawkwatch on Oct. 3rd, 4th, and 5th.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at the Second Ave. Jetty in Cape May on
Oct. 7th. Two HUDSONIAN GODWITS were at the Brigantine Unit of the
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on Oct. 7th, where one HUDSONIAN
GODWIT and three MARBLED GODWITS were seen on Oct. 4th.
Songbird migration has seen a decline in the early season species and
the first major push of late season migrants. Noteworthy finds of the
last week include ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Hidden Valley on Oct. 8th,
and several reports of DICKCISSEL, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, LINCOLN'S
SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, PURPLE FINCH, and many others.
Migrating raptor numbers have been excellent in Cape May again this
week, with a new record high one-day count for PEREGRINE FALCON
established on Oct. 5th, when 298 were tallied. An early GOLDEN EAGLE
was seen on Oct. 8th.
A few spots are still open for the gala New Jersey Audubon Cape May
Autumn Weekend & THE Bird Show, Oct. 25 27. Contact CMBO at (609)
861-0700 for more information about this and other upcoming programs for
the busy and exciting fall migration season.
The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird
walks that require no pre-registration, and many special field trips and
programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy
of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call our natural
history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during
business hours at 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE
This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird
Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of
the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate
the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports
these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May
County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties.
Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings
of rare or unusual birds to CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or
e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212