Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/11/1999
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending November 11 include reports of continuing CAVE SWALLOWS, FRANKLIN'S GULL, ROSS'S GOOSE, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

CAVE SWALLOWS continue to be seen daily at a variety of locations. A count of 30 was made on the morning of November 8 as they left a roost in the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM). At least 15 were still present in the area on November 11.

The Avalon Seawatch had a FRANKLIN'S GULL fly-by on November 7 and a ROSS'S GOOSE fly-by on the same day. A POMARINE JAEGER was seen there on November 6 along with a RAZORBILL.

RED CROSSBILLS continue in small numbers. Four were over the Hawk Watch on November 11.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was present in West Cape May on November 6.

Up to seven MARBLED GODWITS continue on the flats at Stone Harbor Point.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen regularly in one of the ponds at the Beanery all week.

The elusive COLLARED DOVE that has been glimpsed on a number of occasions surfaced again in Cape May on November 9. All indications are that this is a wild bird.

One or two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were seen at the SCMM on November 8.

A SEDGE WREN was in the northeast corner of the SCMM on November 9

The Cape May Autumn Weekend Bird Show saw a remarkable 200 species, including an incredible AMERICAN ROBIN flight on November 7 that was estimated at one and a quarter million birds. Also tallied were 70,000 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, 2,000 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and 1,500 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. It was a truly remarkable flight

Some other highlights this week included: a scattering of LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL reports (from Higbee Beach, the Sea Watch, and the State Park); COMMON MOORHEN, BANK SWALLOW and ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW at the SCMM on November 7; two different roosting LONG-EARED OWLS on Cape May Point on November 8; NASHVILLE, ORANGE-CROWNED and PRAIRIE WARBLERS at the Beanery on November 8; a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD lingering in Villas through the week; NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH at the Bayshore Road tract on November 8; 3 BALTIMORE ORIOLES along Sea Grove Avenue on November 9; up to four PARASITIC JAEGERS off Cape May Point during the week; a roosting BARN OWL in the State Park on November 9; BARN SWALLOW at the State Park and the Beanery on November 10; a DICKCISSEL at the Beanery on November 10; and a HOUSE WREN at the Beanery on November 11.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

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. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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