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
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
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
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
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,