BIRDING HOTLINE FOR October 4
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 4. Highlights from the last week include LARK
BUNTING, WESTERN KINGBIRD, COMMON EIDER, EURASIAN WIGEON, and
A LARK BUNTING was seen on Oct. 2 at the Stone Harbor Point parking
A WESTERN KINGBIRD was found on Oct. 2 in the town of Cape May Point,
seen mostly along Yale Ave.
Two COMMON EIDERS were seen repeatedly between Sept. 30 and Oct. 2 in
the ocean from various locations around Cape May Point.
A EURASIAN WIGEON was first found on Oct. 3 at Lighthouse Pond, Cape May
Point State Park, and is still present.
A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen flying over Reed's Beach on the afternoon of
Songbird migration continues to change with the season. An excellent
variety of warblers were reported from Cape May during the last week,
including CONNECTICUT, MOURNING, and WORM-EATING. YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER and LEAST FLYCATCHER have also been reported.
On October 2 there was a noticeable influx of late-season migrants,
including YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, BROWN CREEPER,
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. PALM WARBLERS, BLUE JAYS and NORTHERN FLICKERS are
currently quite abundant. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES have been present in
Cape May since late August. A few RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are still
The pace of RAPTOR migration has accelerated. 1483 were counted from
the hawkwatch on September 28. Total count for the month of September
The Avalon Seawatch is yielding good numbers and variety. Sightings
from the last week include COMMON EIDER, MARBLED GODWIT, and large
flocks of SCOTERS.
Note that the wildlife drive in Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (also
called Brigantine) will be closed on Wednesdays during the month of
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 natural history information 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. We detail sightings
from Cape May and surrounding areas. Updates are made on Thursday
evenings and more frequently when warranted by changing conditions.
Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at
609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and Good Birding!
Mark S. Garland
CMBO Sr. Naturalist