You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Thursday, October 3, 2002. Highlights from the last week include
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, SWAINSON'S HAWK, LARK SPARROW,
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, COMMON EIDER, PARASITIC JAEGER, GREAT CORMORANT,
LITTLE GULL, MARBLED GODWIT, AMERICAN AVOCET, and news of the migration.
A young male BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was seen at a feeder along Second Ave. in
Sea Isle City on Sept. 29th, but it has not been relocated.
A LONG-BILLED CURLEW was seen from the Avalon Seawatch on Sept. 30th, flying
into Townsend's Inlet, but this bird was also not relocated.
An immature SWAINSON'S HAWK, described as "intermediate morph," has been
seen on and off around Cape May from Sept. 28th through today, Oct. 3rd.
The bird has been seen at the Rea Farm, from the Hawkwatch, from The Nature
Conservancy Preserve ("The Meadows"), and over residential areas in West
Cape May and Cape May Point.
The LARK SPARROW at the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary was reported again on
CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS have been seen at Hidden Valley on Oct. 1st, at the
parking area for the old Magnesite plant near Sunset Beach, Cape May Point
on Sept. 29th, and along Lighthouse Ave., Cape May Point, on Sept. 28th.
Fourteen COMMON EIDERS were seen from the Avalon Seawatch on Sept. 30th, and
a single Eider was at the entrance to the Cape May harbor ("Cold Spring
Inlet") on Oct. 1st. PARASITIC JAEGERS are being seen daily from the Avalon
Seawatch (21 tallied on Oct. 1st) and from the Hawkwatch in Cape May Point
(5 counted on Sept. 30th). A GREAT CORMORANT was seen from the Seawatch on
Oct. 1st, and one was seen from the Hawkwatch on Sept. 30th. A first winter
LITTLE GULL was seen from the Seawatch on Sept. 27th. The season's first
RED-THROATED LOON was spotted on Sept. 30th from the Seawatch.
One or two MARBLED GODWITS continue to be seen on occasion from the base of
the free bridge at Nummy Island, but the AMERICAN AVOCET here has not been
reported since Sept. 28th.
Songbird migration slowed during the last week, but many interesting
songbirds continue to be found around Cape May, including DICKCISSEL,
CONNECTICUT WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, BLUE-HEADED
VIREO, MOURNING WARBLER, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and many
Migrating raptor numbers have been very good in Cape May again this week.
The official CMBO hawkwatch totaled 2052 on Sept. 28th and 1130 on Sept. 29th.
The bullet workshop on Raptors October 12 & 13 has filled, but a second
section is possible. Call for details. A few spots are still open for the
gala New Jersey Audubon Cape May Autumn Weekend & THE Bird Show, Oct. 25
27. Contact CMBO at (609) 861-0700 for more information about these and
other upcoming programs for the busy and exciting fall migration season.
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 our natural history
and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at
609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org
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!
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212