This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday,
October 28th. Highlights from the last week include WESTERN KINGBIRD,
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, WHITE IBIS, CACKLING GOOSE, COMMON EIDER, PARASITIC
JAEGER, MARBLED GODWIT, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, WHITE PELICAN,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and news of the migration.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen along Stevens St. in West Cape May on Oct.
23rd. The CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD in Villas departed on Oct. 23rd. An adult
WHITE IBIS flew over the Hawk Watch at Cape May Point on Oct.
22nd. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen in Bunker Pond, at the State Park, on Oct.
A female COMMON EIDER has been by the jetties at St. Mary's in Cape
May Pt. through Oct. 28th. PARASITIC JAEGERS continue to be seen
daily off Cape May Point and also on many days at the Avalon Sea Watch.
GREAT CORMORANTS continue to be seen flying over Cape May Point and resting
on the Concrete Ship at Sunset Beach.
At Stone Harbor Point on Oct. 23 observers found 4 MARBLED GODWITS, a LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL, a late BROWN PELICAN, and 6 "WESTERN"
WILLETS. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR were at Stone
Harbor Point on the 26th. A WHITE PELICAN and a WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPER were seen at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National
Wildlife Refuge on Oct. 24th. A MARBLED GODWIT, an "IPSWICH"
SAVANNAH SPARROW, and several SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS & NELSON'S
SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were at Two Mile Landing Oct. 24th.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Hidden Valley on Oct. 28th, one was in a
yard along Sunset Blvd. on the 23rd, one was at the Two Mile Beach Unit of
the Cape May NWR on the 23rd, and another was at the Woodcock Lane section
of the Refuge on the 22nd. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at the Higbee Beach
Wildlife Management Area on Oct. 27th, another here on the 24th, and one was
in West Cape May on the 23rd, when another was at Hidden Valley. A HOODED
WARBLER and a FOX SPARROW were at Higbee on the 24th; HOODED WARLBER and
WILSON'S WARBLER were here on the 22nd.
A late CATTLE EGRET continues at the Smith Farm on Bayshore Rd.
through the 28th.
A DICKCISSEL lingered around the Cape May Hawk Watch through Oct.
24th, and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was here through the 23rd. Several
flyover DICKCISSELS were reported from various locations around Cape May
on the 24th. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and a NASHVILLE WARBLER were
at Higbee on the 26th. We have numerous reports this week of
BLUE-HEADED VIREO, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, BLACK-THROATED
BLUE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH,
and PINE SISKIN.
Oct. 26 and 27 saw major movements of migrants at the Morning Flight Project
(Higbee Dike), with more than 30,000 AMERICAN ROBINS, nearly 11,000
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and 520 PURPLE FINCHES counted over these two days.
New Jersey Audubon Society needs volunteers to submit site nominations for
the New Jersey Important Bird and Birding Areas Initiative. The New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection is integrating Important Bird Areas
into the Landscape Project Mapping and its official Comprehensive Wildlife
Plan. The Landscape Project is used by the NJDEP as the SOLE SOURCE of
wildlife information for determining land acquisition priorities and
management of state lands. To get involved, please visit our website at
http://www.njaudubon.org/conservation/IBBA or call 201-891-1240.
The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird
walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and
programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of
our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during
business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline
at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's web site at
This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird
Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the
New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the
ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these
goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May
County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic
Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO's Northwood Center at
609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org.
Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!