Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/10/1994
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights of the week ending Nov. 10, 1994 include sightings of: CAVE SWALLOW, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, AUDUBON'S WARBLER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, migration news, local nature notes, and announcements.

On Nov. 8, three CAVE SWALLOWS were seen around Cape May Point. One was seen along Sea Grove Ave. and two were near the Coast Guard base at Wildwood Crest. Both sightings were brief. This is the third consecutive fall that Cave Swallow has been seen in November.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was seen briefly near the base of the Seashore Road bridge over the Cape May Canal on Nov. 6. A search of the area did not relocate it, however it did turn up a WESTERN KINGBIRD on the following day.

AN AUDUBON'S WARBLER, the Western subspecies of the Yellow-rumped Warbler, was found at the Beanery on Nov. 4 and was seen again the next day.

Other highlights this week included: A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW on Higbee Beach on Nov. 4, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the South Cape May Meadows parking lot on Nov. 8. Lingering migrants this week were: RED-EYED VIREO at Higbee on Nov. 4; BLUE GROSBEAK and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER there on Nov. 5; a WHITE-EYED VIREO at Higbee on Nov. 6; NASHVILLE WARBLER at the S. Cape May Meadows parking lot on Nov. 8,9 and 10; and a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER today, Nov. 10, at the hawk watch. This past week, up to 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were at the West Cape May impoundments; these are located east of the base of the Seashore Road bridge. Extremely unusual was a DARK-EYED JUNCO x WHITE-THROATED SPARROW hybrid found at Cape May Point today, Nov. 10.

The hawk watch this week had 2 GOLDEN EAGLES on Nov. 7; and GOSHAWKS on Nov. 6 and 10. An excellent late flight occurred on Nov. 7 with over 2000 birds counted, 1300 of which were SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS. The evening of Nov. 7 was the most recent good night for owl migration; 6 SAW-WHET OWLS were banded and a BARN OWL was heard calling overhead. Nov. 8 saw one SAW-WHET and one LONG-EARED OWL banded.

CMBO's full time sea watch is being conducted from Seventh Ave. at the north end of Avalon. This is the second year, and it is proving to be as exciting as 1993. By the end of October, 319468 seabirds had been tallied by the sea watch. Major flights are passing by right now. On Monday, Nov. 7, 19000 birds were counted by the sea watch. Visit the sea watch, and bring your scope.

Announcements: A "mini-pelagic" trip has been scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 AM to Noon. The Cape May Whale Watcher boat in Cape May will be used; cost is $25. The boat will explore nearshore waters including Five-fathom Bank, MacRae's Shoal, and the mouth of the Delaware Bay. For more info or reservations, call Jersey Cape Nature Excursions, (609) 898 9631.

Local nature notes: Some butterflies are still on the wing. An AMERICAN SNOUT was seen in the State Park on Nov. 8; a real late AMERICAN COPPER was seen from the Avalon Sea Watch on Nov. 9; and observers at Higbee Beach and Hidden Valley this week found PEARL CRESCENT, RED ADMIRAL, QUESTION MARK, EASTERN COMMA, FIERY SKIPPER, ORANGE SULPHUR, CABBAGE WHITE and MONARCH.

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Fine print: 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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, phone our office or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L. Larson (llarson@pucc.princeton.edu).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

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