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
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
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
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
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!