You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending October 19 include MARBLED GODWIT, GOLDEN EAGLE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, other bird news, and news of CMBO.
Three MARBLED GODWITS were tallied at Stone Harbor Point on October 15. Also present there were 27 WESTERN WILLETS and six LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS.
An early GOLDEN EAGLE was over the Cape May Hawk Watch on October 17. The season's first NORTHERN GOSHAWK was present there on the 14th. A big PEREGRINE FALCON flight produced over 100 birds on the 16th.
There were several LINCOLN'S SPARROWS seen this week: at Higbee Beach on the 13th, below the Hawk Watch platform on the 15th and 16th, at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 17th and 19th, and at Higbee Beach on the 19th. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 13th and 14th. VESPER SPARROWS were at West Cape May on the 14th, at the SCMM on the 16th, and along Seagrove Avenue on the same day. A big WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW flight on the 16th produced a tally of 115 birds around Cape Island. Early FOX SPARROWS were on Cape May Point on the 14th, and at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 19th. DICKCISSELS were at the SCMM on the 13th, at Higbee Beach on the 15th, and at Villas on the 15th.
Other highlights this week included: An early PINE SISKIN at Higbee Beach on the 13th, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS in West Cape May on the 14th and at Villas on the 15th, WINTER WREN on Cape May Point on the 14th, and AMERICAN BITTERN on several dates at Bunker Pond.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop by our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org
The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to perpetuate and preserve the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!
Vincent J. Elia
Cape May Bird Observatory
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, N. J., 08210