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 29 include reports OF VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, EURASIAN WIGEON,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, MARBLED GODWIT, other bird news, local nature
notes, and news of CMBO.
A VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW was reported from New England Rd. across from the
Hidden Valley parking lot on October 23, but there were no repeat sightings
Two male EURASIAN WIGEONS continue to be seen on the ponds in the Cape May
Point State Park, most often in Lighthouse Pond west. Also, a female
EURASIAN WIGEON was found along the east walk at the South Cape May Meadows
(SCMM) on October 28.
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at the Hawk Watch platform on October 28, and
two were in West Cape May on the 24th.
A MARBLED GODWIT continues to be seen around Hereford inlet.
Passerine migration this week included the following highlights: RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER flew past the Hawk Watch in the State Park on October 23rd; a
LINCOLN'S SPARROW was easily seen at the Hawk Watch early in the week; six
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS and a BARN SWALLOW were in the State Park on the
24th; also on the 24th, two NASHVILLE WARBLERS, two WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS,
three VESPER SPARROWS, and NORTHERN PARULA were in West Cape May, while
CAPE MAY WARBLER and BLUE-HEADED VIREO were at Hidden Valley Ranch; THREE
LAPLAND LONGSPURS were near the free bridge on Nummy Island on the 25th;
and SNOW BUNTING was at SCMM on the 26th.
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were at the Hawk Watch on October 26th, and near
the ferry terminal on the 26th. A big seabird flight past Cape May point
included over 500 FORSTER'S TERNS. A COMMON TERN loafed with 30 FORSTER'S
TERNS and 200 LAUGHING GULLS in Bunker Pond on the 28th. Two CATTLE EGRETS
were along Rt. 47 north of Goshen on October 29.
The hawk flight tapered off as the week unfolded, with the highest count
coming on the 23rd with almost 1,300 birds seen. A GOLDEN EAGLE was over
Cape May Point on October 29. The hawk watch is manned this year by
counters Pete Gustas and Vince Elia, with education interns Cameron Cox and
An incredible seabird flight occurred at the Avalon Sea Watch on October
26. About 75,000 birds were counted that day, mostly BLACK SCOTERS and SURF SCOTERS
and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS. This years counters are Bill Seng, Fred
Mears, and Scott Barnes. The Seawatch interns are Jim Tietz and Gail Dwyer.
Local nature Notes follow: The monarch tagging project has tagged an
astounding seven thousand monarchs this season. Other butterfly highlights
this week included Little Yellow and White-M Hairstreak in Cumberland
County on October 25, and a count of over 20 Question Marks in the State
Park on the 25th. On October 23, a Cloudless Sulphur (a southern
immigrant), was seen emerging from a chrysalis at Higbee Beach. The fruit
and acorn crops this year are excellent this year, to the delight of
migrant birds. Virginia creeper, porcelain berry, grapes, poke berry, and
green-briar are all loaded with fruit. Sweet Gum trees have heavy crops of
fruit also, the seeds of which are fed on by finches.
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