You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This recording was made on
Thursday, October 25. Highlights from the last week include EURASIAN
WIGEON, "GAMBEL'S" WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S
SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Everything could change
since a major cold front is due to arrive late today.
A EURASIAN WIGEON, first found on Oct. 3, continues to be present at Cape
May Point State Park, usually at Lighthouse Pond but seen on Bunker Pond on
A GAMBEL'S RACE WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen Oct. 19 and again Oct. 21 at
Cape May Point State Park.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen Oct. 22 at Higbee Beach Wildlife Management
LINCOLN'S SPARROW reports come from West Cape May and from Hidden Valley
DICKCISSELS were noted Oct. 23 at Hidden Valley and Oct. 20 at Reed's Beach
and at the Rea Farm.
VESPER SPARROWS were noted at Hidden Valley Oct. 23 and 2 birds at Cape May
Point State Park on Oct. 19.
2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found Oct. 21 on the beach at the end of
the east path, South Cape May Meadows. One LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was
seen Oct. 25 just north of Sunset Beach.
On Oct. 23, birders at Bivalve, in Cumberland County, found 2 AMERICAN
AVOCETS, 4 "Western" WILLETS, 2 MARBLED GODWITS, and 3 HUDSONIAN GODWITS,
one of which was taken by a PEREGRINE FALCON. One HUDSONIAN GODWIT and one
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER were reported from Brigantine on Oct. 22.
A PIPING PLOVER was seen in Wildwood Crest on Oct. 23.
The week's largest hawk flight occurred on Oct. 18, when 1,076 hawks were
tallied from the Cape May Hawk Watch, 730 being SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS.
27,000 SCOTERS were counted from the Avalon Seawatch Oct. 23 and 24, and 11
PARASITIC JAEGERS were noted on Oct. 20 and again on Oct. 21. Three more
PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen from Cape May Point on Oct. 22.
Songbird migration at Cape May continues to feature a mix of early season
and late season migrants. Neotropical migrants reported during the last
week include WILSON'S WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN
WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, WOOD THRUSH, and BLUE GROSBEAK. Recent
arrivals include RUSTY BLACKBIRD, VESPER SPARROW, PURPLE FINCH, EVENING
GROSBEAK, WINTER WREN, and PINE SISKIN.
Note that the wildlife drive in Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (also
called Brigantine) will be closed on Wednesdays during the month of October.
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 at one of our centers, or call
609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org,
or call our new natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466.
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. 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