Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/15/2001
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This recording was made on Thursday, November 15. Highlights from the last week include CAVE SWALLOW, RAZORBILL, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, RED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

A single CAVE SWALLOW was seen from the Cape May Hawkwatch on Nov. 9.

A RAZORBILL was seen flying by the Avalon Seawatch on Nov. 15 at 7:00 a.m.

An immature male KING EIDER was found in the Atlantic Ocean from Cape May on Nov. 15, most frequently seen near the jetty across from the Grand Hotel. We have reports of a second KING EIDER and three COMMON EIDERS from Cape May on Nov. 15, but no other details.

Irruptive species from the north are being frequently seen at Cape May, many reported as fly-overs. One WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen at Cape May Point on Nov. 12, four were seen there on Nov. 11, and four were found at the Point on Nov. 8.

Reports of RED CROSSBILLS are two small flocks at Rea Farm on Nov. 15, four birds at Cape May Point on Nov. 12, and 7 flocks totaling at least 62 individual birds were found around Cape May Point on Nov. 11.

Our most recent report of COMMON REDPOLL comes from Nov. 8 at Cape May Point.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on Nov. 14.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW has been seen at the Rea Farm Nov. 13 through 15. Another CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found in West Cape May on Nov. 14.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continues to be found on the beach just north of Sunset Beach (the Concrete Ship).

Lingering BLACKPOLL WARBLERS were found at the Rea Farm Nov. 13 through 15, and in West Cape May on Nov. 10 and 13.

A SNOW BUNTING was found at the south Cape May meadows on Nov. 11.

Bivalve continues to harbor three AMERICAN AVOCETS and one MARBLED GODWIT.

AMERICAN BITTERNS continue to be seen sporadically at the south Cape May meadows and at Bunker Pond, Cape May Point State Park.

RED-THROATED LOONS are moving along the coast in large numbers. From Nov. 11 to 14, 12,688 were counted from the Avalon Seawatch. 4,565 NORTHERN GANNETS were counted over the same 4 day period.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks that require no pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org, or call our new natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466.

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research 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 Cape May and surrounding areas. Updates are made on Thursdays. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558

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