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 26 include ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, EURASIAN WIGEON, SEDGE WREN,
other bird news, and news of CMBO.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen for a short time at Higbee Beach on
October 22, but there were no follow-up sightings.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was a fly-over with a flock of CANADA
GEESE at Cape May Point on October 20, all heading for Delaware.
A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE reported earlier in the season continues along Bay
Point Road near Cedarville, Cumberland County.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD was in the area of 2nd Avenue jetty on October 22.
The male Eurasian Wigeon resurfaced this week on the east side of the
South Cape May Meadows (SCMM), seen on October 21.
A SEDGE WREN spent two days at Hidden Valley Ranch the 20th and 21st. No
Up to three VESPER SPARROWS were seen regularly this week in the overgrown
pumpkin patch at the Beanery. A few VESPER SPARROWS were also seen at
Hidden Valley Ranch.
Other highlights this week included: ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and BLUE
GROSBEAK at Hidden Valley on October 20, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and PURPLE
FINCH at Higbee Beach on the 20th, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK along Sea Grove
Avenue on the 20th, Yellow-billed Cuckoo at West Cape May on the 20th,
MARBLED GODWIT at Heislerville, Cumberland County on the 21st, two
WHIMBREL at Stone Harbor Point on the 21st, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Hidden
Valley on the 22nd, LAPLAND LONGSPUR at 2nd Avenue on the 22nd, PRAIRIE
WARBLER at West Cape May on the 23rd, and NORTHERN PARULA and
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER at Higbee Beach on the 23rd.
On October 25, Stone Harbor Point held a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, 500 RED
KNOTS, 15 WESTERN WILLETS, 40 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, a LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHER, 12 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and a GREAT CORMORANT.
As of October 25 over 150,000 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS and over 175,000
scoter had been tallied at the Avalon Sea Watch. Other totals to date
include 116 PARASITIC JAEGERS, two COMMON EIDERS, and two BLACK-LEGGED
KITTIWAKES. The Northern Gannet and Red-throated Loon flights are just
At the Cape May Hawk Count, the falcon flight is about over, and the buteo
flight is about to begin. An early ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK passed on the 24th.
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 our centers, or call
609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at
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!
*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 142 Moore St.,