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 22 include reports of SWAINSON'S HAWK, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER,
MARBLED GODWIT, EURASIAN WIGEON, other bird news, local nature notes, and
news of CMBO.
A brief note: Brigantine NWR will be closed every Wednesday in October to
allow hunting of Snow Geese.
Two different SWAINSON'S HAWKS were seen on consecutive days at the Cape
May Hawk Watch on October 21 and 22.
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen the Cape May Point State Park on the
20th, at Higbee on the 21st, and at Hidden Valley ranch on the 22nd.
Two MARBLED GODWITS continue to be seen around Hereford inlet.
EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen in the State Park, but more often in
Lighthouse Pond west, than in Bunker Pond. By weeks end only one was being
seen as opposed to two earlier in the week.
Passerine migration this week included the following highlights: an
estimated of 25,000 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS passed through Cape May on
October 16 with large flights the following two days also; CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW was at Stone Harbor Point on the 16th; over 50 AMERICAN PIPITS
passed through Cape May on the 17th; PINE SISKIN was at the Hawk Watch on
the 18th; WESTERN KINGBIRD and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were at Higbee Beach on
the 20th, RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were at the Beanery on the 20th and at
Higbee Beach on the 21st. The diversity of warbler migrants has been
drastically reduced. NASHVILLE was at Higbee Beach on the 16th,
BLACK-THROATED GREEN on the 18th, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE on the 20th, and
TENNESSEE at West Cape May on the 21st.
Lingering shorebirds included two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, five SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, and five
PECTORAL SANDPIPERS in West Cape May, and a STILT SANDPIPER at the State
Park on the 20th. Twenty-five WESTERN WILLETS were at Hereford Inlet on the
Highlights from the Cape May Hawk Watch included a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on the
15th, seven BALD EAGLES on the 17th, over 1,000 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS on the
20th, and 86 MERLINS on the 20th. The hawk watch is manned this year by
counters Pete Gustas and Vince Elia, with education interns Cameron Cox and
Jim Tietz. Jake's Landing Rd. had four BALD EAGLES and one GOLDEN EAGLE on
About 75,000 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS have passed the Avalon Sea Watch
since September 22, along with 3,500 N. GANNETS, 650 COMMON LOONS, and 30
PARASITIC JAEGERS. Other highlights include KING EIDER on October 5, COMMON
EIDER on the 11th, and three BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES on the 16th. This
years counters are Bill Seng, Fred Mears, and Scott Barnes. The Seawatch
interns are Jim Tietz and Gail Dwyer. Good flights are just beginning at
the Sea Watch, but with most of the fireworks yet to come.
Local nature Notes follow: The monarch tagging project has tagged an
astounding seven thousand monarchs this season. Other butterfly highlights
include a Sleepy Orange on Cape May Point on October 18; three Long-tailed
Skippers, three Ocola Skippers, and a Clouded Skipper on Cape May Point on
the 20th; and Variegated Fritillary, Comma, Painted Lady, and Fiery Skipper
on the 21st. It will be interesting to see how the butterflies respond to
the first blast of cold weather scheduled for the next couple of days.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no
preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To
receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop 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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's
Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen.
CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May
Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book
stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife
art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is
OPEN DAILY 10-5.
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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or
unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!