Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/13/1997
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 13 include sightings of BROWN-CHESTED MARTIN, MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, WESTERN TANAGER, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, RED CROSSBILL, CAVE SWALLOW, SWAINSON'S HAWK, WESTERN KINGBIRD, local nature notes, news of our upcoming programs and f ield trips, and dates for the three local Christmas Bird Counts.

The BROWN-CHESTED MARTIN continues to be seen at the taping of this hotline on November 13. It has been most reliably seen near the Beanery along Stevens Street just west of Bayshore Road. Cold and wet weather is forecast for this week.

A MACGILLIVRAYS WARBLER, found on November 12 at the entrance to the Beanery, was present all day on the 13th also.

A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was present briefly in a pine tree along Sunset Boulevard on November 12.Also there were 9 RED CROSSBILLS. Red Crossbills have been seen and heard at other locations around the point.

A WESTERN TANAGER found at Higbee Beach on November 10 was still present on November 13 in the second field up from the parking lot in the northeast corner.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen on November 2 in the same location as the MacGillivray's Warbler, but the bird disappeared as it flew northeast.

One or two CAVE SWALLOWS have continued to be seen around Cape May Point from the four or five originally seen on November 8 when the Brown-chested Martin was found.

A SWAINSON'S HAWK was seen on November 12 at the hawkwatch, and later at other locations around the point.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on November 12 and 13.

A hummingbird in the genus Salasphorous was a very brief fly-by at the site of the Brown-chested Martin on November 9.

A LARK SPARROW was seen along Stevens Street in West Cape May on November 10.

A SEDGE WREN was in the SCMM on November 12.

The numbers of birders lured to Cape May by the plethora of rare birds has also helped uncover a number of lingering migrants. These include: NASHVILLE and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS at Higbee on November 13;BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, and AMERICAN REDSTART in West Cape May on November 12;4 BALTIMORE ORIOLES in West Cape May on the 12th & 13th, with 3 more at Higbee Beach;BLACKPOLL Warbler at Higbee Beach on the 13th; ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Higbee on the 12th; NORTHERN PARULA and 2 CHIMNEY SWIFTS along Stevens Street on the 12th; GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Higbee Beach on the 10 & 11th;and PRAIRIE WARBLER along Stevens Street on the 10th.

The Hawkwatch to date has tallied nearly 80,000 raptors.The hawkwatch will run through Thanksgiving;this year's team is Jerry Liquori, Pete Dunne on Tuesdays, Vince Elia on Wednesdays, and our Education Interns, Peter Gustas and James Paolino.

CMBO's fulltime Seawatch at the north end of Avalon, 7th Street and the b each, is manned this season by Bill Seng, Fred Mears, and Dave Ward, along with our Education Intern, James Paolino, and Gail Dwyer on weekends. The seawatch this week has witnessed the peak of the LOON migration; 2,700 passed by on the 11th and 11,000 on the 12th.Other highlights this week at the Seawatch include: 2,000 N.GANNETS on Nov.6th and 1,000 on the 10th;81 TUNDRA SWANS on November 12, 1 KING EIDER on the 6th and 3 on the 10th;a major push of SCOTERS November 6- 8th, including 63,000 birds;17 PARASITIC JAEGERS for the week with 8 on the 12th and 6 on the 6th;6 KITTIWAKES on November 6th and 2 on the 10th;and 1 RAZORBILL on Novemb er 6.

Katy Duffy again journeyed to Cape May from her home & job in Wyoming and has been banding migrant owls here since October 28. To date she's banded 23 SAW-WHET and 7 LONG-EARED OWLS. Nights of gently north winds that are also clear are the best nights for owl migration, November 10th and 11th had those conditions and migrant owls.

Local Nature Notes follow: Despite recent frosts and very few flowers still in bloom, butterflies are still being seen. This week Monarchs were still seen migrating through in small numbers. Also seen were Cabbage, Orange Sulphur, Painted Ladies, Red Admirals, and Commas. On October 30th CMBO's Center in Goshen was covered with 1,000's of ladybugs. Some of them are still clustered here and there around the building. The recent strong winds blew many of the leaves from the trees so our fall colors were short lived, but it's now easier to look into the woods for large stick nests that courting Great Horned Owls may use in January when they lay their eggs. Each dawn and dusk, and sometimes through the nights, listen for Great Horneds dueting -- the male's call is longer and higher, the female's call is a lower and briefer answer.

The Cape May Bird Observatory's Program Schedule offers morning bird walk s every Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday, an evening bird walk each Friday. Special upcoming preregistration programs include a "Gull ID Mini-Workshop" with Vince Elia on November 15th, a "Waterfowl Cruise" on November 22nd, a "Binoculars & Spotting Scopes Workshop" on November 29, a 2- day "Bird Watching For Beginners Course" on November 29-30, and a "Feed the Birds Workshop" on December 6, a "Family Program on the Birds of the Backyard" on December 6, and a "Bird Seed Sale Day" on December 6th which does require pre-ordering! Our next Member's Night will feature a program by Katy Duffy on "Cape May's Owl Migration," on Wednesday evening, November 19th at 7:30 p.m.ALL ARE WELCOME! Stop by either center to pick up CMBO's program schedule which gives full details on all our programs or call us at 609-861-0700.

Details on upcoming local Christmas Bird Counts follow: The Cape May Coun t will be held December 21 (contact Vince Elia at 861-0700, x-14;or Louise Zemaitis at 884-2736);the Belleplain Count will be held on December 28 (contact Paul Kosten prior t o December 21 at 861- 5827;the Cumberland Count will be held January 4 (contact Clay Sutton at 465-3397).

The Cape May Bird Observatory now has two centers of activity. Our new Ce nter for Research & Education in Goshen is located at 600 Route 47 North.The center features gardens and a meadow for wildlife, feeding stations, nature store, and a wildlife art g allery in "The Loft" on our second floor, featuring the work of some of the Bayshore's finest artists , photographer, and carvers. CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point now has more space than ever devoted to our growing birding book store and birding information. Both are open daily, 10-5.

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 birding hotline.For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory, call 609- 861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House , NJ 08210.If you are in the area do not hesitate to visit our 2 birding bookstores.

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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