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
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
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!