Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/1/2001
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, November 1. Highlights from the last week include BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, "OREGON JUNCO," and SWAINSON'S HAWK.

A young male BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD was seen from Oct. 27 through 29 in a backyard on Cape Island, but it has not been relocated.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen at Cape May Point State Park on Oct. 27.

An "OREGON JUNCO" race of DARK-EYED JUNCO was seen Oct. 26 and 27 at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area.

The year's first SWAINSON'S HAWK was seen from the Cape May Hawkwatch late on Oct. 26 and seen again on Oct. 27, when it was observed flying southwest across Delaware Bay.

COMMON EIDERS continue to be seen on and off from the Avalon Seawatch and along the coast at Cape May Point, most recently a single bird off the jetty near St. Peter's Church in Cape May Point on Oct. 31.

A EURASIAN WIGEON, first found on Oct. 3, continues to be present at Lighthouse Pond, Cape May Point State Park.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at Higbee Beach on Oct. 26 and 27, at Cape May Point State Park on Oct. 30, and at the Rea Farm on Oct. 31.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found Oct. 30 at Champagne Island, North Wildwood.

SPARROWS continue to be abundant around Cape May; highlights of the last week include LARK SPARROW Oct. 27 and 28 along Seagrove Ave. near Cape May Point, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at Higbee on Oct. 30, 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROW in Cape May Point on Oct. 29 and 1 at Higbee on Oct. 30, and VESPER SPARROWS in many places.

Migrant owls are on the move through Cape May, LONG-EARED OWLS and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS have been found roosting at Cape May Point State Park, and both LONG-EARED OWL and SHORT-EARED OWL have been observed at dusk from the South Cape May Meadows.

Songbird migration at Cape May continues to feature a mix of early season and late season migrants. Neotropical migrants reported during the last week include BALTIMORE ORIOLE, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and RED-EYED VIREO.

First reports of the season include 3 SNOW BUNTINGS at Stone Harbor Point on Oct. 28, 2 TUNDRA SWANS at Brigantine on Oct. 28, and 1 PURPLE SANDPIPER at Cape May Point on Oct. 27.

Winter irruptive species are increasing around Cape May. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, PINE SISKIN, PURPLE FINCH, and EVENING GROSBEAK are being regularly seen. A COMMON REDPOLL was reported Oct. 29 near the Magnesite Plant along Sunset Blvd., Cape May Point.

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 new natural history 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 and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558

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