You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared
on Thursday, October 13. This past weeks mostly nonstop rain put a
damper on hawk and passerine flights but succeeded in directing quite a
few shorebirds into the region, notably -- BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, AMERICAN
GOLDEN PLOVER, 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 30 MARBLED GODWITS at Stone
Harbor Point on October 11. Also found there was 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 3
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS.
The South Cape May Meadows continues to host a couple odozen STILT
SANDPIPERS along with 10 or so LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and a handful
PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (in addition to snipe, AMERICAN BITTERN, and COMMON
MOORHEN and perhaps 15,000 TREE SWALLOWS).
At Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, (Brigantine) there were 7 MARBLED
GODWIT, 10-15 HUDSONIANS, GOLDEN PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER, PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS and assorted other peep--all these on October 11. Also at
Brig, October 12, an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN.
At the Hawkwatch in Cape May Point State Park, there was a very good
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK flight on October 12 (presumably in the morning).
Also at the hawkwatch is a DICKCISSEL, LINCOLNS SPARROW, and all
swallow species except Purple Martin (and Cave Swallow). As many as
10-12 PARASITIC JAEGERS have been haunting the rips, visible from
strategic points around Cape May Point and BROWN PELICANS continue to
be seen off and on.
Passerines have been predicably hard to find. Sightings in Higbee Beach
(and elsewhere include NASHVILLE, AMERICAN REDSTART, BLACK-THROATED
GREEN, BLACKPOLL, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, BLACK-AND-WHITE, N. PARULA,
PALM, YELLOW-RUMPED and CONNECTICUT
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird
Observatory. For more current information and details relating to these
sightings and others stop by the Northwood Center in Cape May Point or
the Center for Research and Education in Goshen and check the bird
sighting sheets. You can also pick up a birding map, checklists, and
information relating to our programs and events (daily walks and
workshops), as well as registration information for the annual Cape May
Autumn Weekend / THE Bird Show (slated for October 27-29). For
additional information call 609-884-2736 or 609-861-0700. Thanks for
calling and GOOD BIRDING!