Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/14/2008
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Friday, November 14, 2008. Highlights this week include sightings of THICK-BILLED MURRE, GOLDEN EAGLE, NORTHERN GANNET, SEDGE WREN, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, RED-HEADED BLACKBIRDS, CAVE SWALLOW, ROSS?S GOOSE, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW AND GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, PINE SISKIN, PURPLE FINCH and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO.

- For more up-to-the-minute Cape May sightings information check the "View from the Cape "section of http://www.BirdCapeMay.org by clicking on ?Recent Sightings? from the home page.-

An injured THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen off St. Mary?s jetty in Cape May point on Friday, November 7.

14 GOLDEN EAGLES were counted on Monday November 10, 2008, from the Cape May Hawkwatch, a new record. 16,946 NORTHERN GANNETS were seen at the Avalon Seawatch on Tuesday, November 11, also a new single day record, which was then shattered again with 21,627 on Wednesday, November 12. A RAZORBILL was also recorded at the Seawatch on Tuesday.

A SEDGE WREN was still present at Higbee?s Beach as of November 12, along the west path of the first field.

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at the Villas Wildlife Management Area on Sunday November 9.

An immature ROSS?S GOOSE was observed on Monday November 10, at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

CAVE SWALLOWS continue to be seen at Cape May State Point Park and around Cape May, with up to 100 at the Cape May City beach front on the 11th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen near the Cape May Hawkwatch on Monday, November 10.

On Tuesday, November 11, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at the beginning of the second field at Higbee?s Beach WMA.

Small groups of PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES continue to be heard overhead daily around Cape May. A late BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was found at Cape Island Preserve Thursday, November 13.


Room remains on CMBO?s ?Delaware Waterfowl Special? workshop December 22-23. Contact CMBO 609.861.0700 for details or visit http://www.birdcapemay.org ..

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