Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/11/2004
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, November 11th. Highlights from the last week include WHITE-FACED IBIS, CAVE SWALLOW, EVENING GROSBEAK, COMMON EIDER, MARBLED GODWIT, LINCOLNS SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, and news of the migration.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS in winter adult plumage was seen Nov. 8th and 9th in the center pool at the Meadows (The Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge); on the afternoon of the 9th it flew and appeared headed to Delaware. A dark ibis, presumably this same bird, had been glimpsed flying over the Meadows on several days previous to the first time the bird settled into the central pool.

CAVE SWALLOWS have been seen around Cape May every day during the last week, with our most recent report being of at least six at the Meadows on Nov. 10th. Other sightings have been from the Hawk Watch (Cape May Point State Park) and from Higbee (Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area). CLIFF, BANK, BARN, and ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were also seen at the Meadows on the 8th, and TREE SWALLOWS are still commonly seen all over Cape May. An Swas found at Hidden Valley on Nov. 11th.

A COMMON EIDER continues to frequent the Cape May Point waterfront, most recently reported from the State Park waters (near the Bunker) on Nov. 9th. Seven COMMON EIDERS were seen from the Avalon Sea Watch on the 10th, bringing the year-to-date total here to 25. Counts from the last six days at the Sea Watch include 6246 RED-THROATED LOONS, 7195 NORTHERN GANNETS, 15,138 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, 44,639 SCOTERS, 144 BONAPARTES GULLS, 13 BROWN PELICANS, and a single REDHEAD, seen on Nov. 10th. PARASITIC JAEGERS are still present off Avalon and off Cape May Point, but numbers have declined significantly from those reported earlier in the season. Six MARBLED GODWITS were present at Stone Harbor Point through at least Nov. 7th. Two VIRGINIA RAILS were at the Meadows on Nov. 10th, and an AMERICAN BITTERN was here on the 6th.

A LINCOLNS SPARROW was at Higbee on Nov. 9th. A LINCOLNS SPARROW and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were found at Hidden Valley on the 7th. Four VESPER SPARROWS were seen repeatedly at the Rea Farm, in the field near Stevens St. along the west edge of the farm, though our most recent report is from Nov. 7th. Two NELSONS SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS and six SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were found on Nov. 10th in the marsh at Two Mile Landing, just south of Wildwood Crest off Ocean Drive. A FOX SPARROW, 30 AMERICAN PIPITS, and two EASTERN PHOEBES were at the Rea Farm on the 10th. BALTIMORE ORIOLES were reported from Bayshore Rd. on Nov. 10th, from the Rea Farm on the 9th, from Hidden Valley on the 8th, and from a variety of Cape Island (the area south of the Cape May Canal) locales on the 7th, when at least 7 individuals were present. Four DICKCISSELS were reported from around Cape Island on the 7th. Other lingering birds reported during the last week include RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RED-EYED VIREO, WHITE-EYED VIREO, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD.

Very good November hawk flights were noted from the Hawk Watch Nov. 7 through 10; noteworthy counts from this four-day span include 319 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS and 542 RED-TAILED HAWKS. Ten NORTHERN GOSHAWKS were tallied on Nov. 9th, and three GOLDEN EAGLES on the 10th. Several NORTHERN GOSHAWKS seem to be lingering around Cape May, and are being seen daily by field birders at various Cape Island locations.

New Jersey Audubon Society needs volunteers to submit site nominations for the New Jersey Important Bird and Birding Areas Initiative. If you can help, please visit our website at http://www.njaudubon.org/conservation/IBBA or call 201-891-1240.

The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's web site at http://www.njaudubon.org

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING

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