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 7th. Highlights from the last week include SABINES GULL, LONG-TAILED JAEGER, PARASITIC JAEGER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, COMMON EIDER, GREAT CORMORANT, SANDWICH TERN, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, and news of the migration.
A second winter SABINES GULL, first found on Sept. 28th, has proven elusive to many observers, yet it was spotted offshore from Cape May Point almost every day through at least Oct. 4th. A first-year LONG-TAILED JAEGER has been similarly elusive off Cape May Point, with sightings from Sept. 30 through at least Oct. 5. PARASITIC JAEGERS are being seen daily off the Point, with as many as 30 in view simultaneously at peak times.
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN flew over the Hawk Watch at Cape May Point on Oct. 6th. Also on the 6th a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen in the brush adjacent to the Hawk Watch.
Stone Harbor Point harbored 2 LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 2 MARBLED GODWITS and 7 PIPING PLOVERS on Oct. 4th, and 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS on the 3rd. A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen in the shallow pool atop the Higbee Dike on Oct. 4th. A COMMON EIDER continues to linger around Cape May Point, often in the company of BLACK SCOTERS, and GREAT CORMORANTS are being seen daily, sometimes sitting right on the Concrete Ship at Sunset Beach. A SANDWICH TERN was seen on the beach near the Second Ave. jetty Oct. 2nd and again on the 3rd. CASPIAN TERNS continue to be seen daily from the Hawk Watch.
Single CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were found from the Higbee Dike (CMBO Morning Flight Project) on Oct. 6th, in the third field at Higbee on the 5th, and at Hidden Valley on the 4th.
The last week brought a continuation of this autumns major influx of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, and an influx of Sparrows, Kinglets, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. DICKCISSELS were reported daily from Oct. 3rd through the 6th, PURPLE FINCHES and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS on the 6th, and RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS almost every day. A PINE SISKIN was found at Higbee on the 6th. Warbler diversity was still high during the last week, with sightings around Cape May of GOLDEN-WINGED, NASHVILLE, CAPE MAY, PINE, HOODED, WILSONS, and many others, though the numbers of early-season migrants are beginning to diminish dramatically.
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 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 CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!