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