You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Thursday, November 14, 2002. Highlights from the last week include CAVE
SWALLOW, WHITE IBIS, DICKCISSEL, ICELAND GULL, HARLEQUIN DUCK,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, and
news of the migration.
A CAVE SWALLOW flew past the Hawkwatch at Cape May Point on Nov. 14th.
An adult WHITE IBIS was seen flying south over the marshes near Ocean City
late in the day on Nov. 7th.
A DICKCISSEL frequented the feeders at the CMBO Northwood Center on Nov. 9th.
A first winter ICELAND GULL has been seen several times around Cape May,
most recently at Cape May Point State Park on Nov. 11th.
Two HARLEQUIN DUCKS have been around Avalon, including the Seawatch, from
Nov. 8th through at least the 12th.
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory
Bird Refuge ("The Meadows") on Nov. 14th, and at Hidden Valley on the 8th,
10th and 14th.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen from the Cape May Hawkwatch on Nov. 14th.
Very late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were reported from at least three
different locations south of the Cape May Canal this week.
The autumn migration is moving into its late stages. Birds reported
several times during the last week from areas around Cape May include
AMERICAN PIPIT, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, PURPLE FINCH, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW,
HORNED LARK, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
Lingering songbirds include BLACKPOLL WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, PINE
WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED
GREEN WARBLER, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, and
The previously announced pelagic trip scheduled for Friday, December 6 has
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://cmbo.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 CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports
to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212