Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/18/1999
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 18 include reports of continuing CAVE SWALLOWS, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, AUDUBON'S WARBLER, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

CAVE SWALLOWS continued to be seen this week, but the sub-freezing temperatures at weeks end does not bode well for the swallows. A count of 15 swallows going to roost was made on November 16 in Cape May.

The seasons second ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen near Daveys Lake behind the old Magnesite Plant on November 12. Also present there on the same day was an immature NORTHERN SHRIKE. No further reports of either species were received.

An AUDUBON'S WARBLER was also present at the Magnesite Plant, and that bird was seen as recently as November 18.

The finch invasion continues. Reports of RED CROSSBILLS, COMMON REDPOLLS, and EVENING GROSBEAKS continue to come in from a variety of locations on most days. A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was over the Hawk Watch on November 18.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was present for most of the week at the Beanery, and one at Sunset Beach on November 18 may be the same bird.

Although the EURASIAN WIGEON was not reported after November 12, it is likely still in the area. It had been frequenting the Beanery ponds.

Some highlights at Stone Harbor Point this week included a RED-NECKED GREBE, 12 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, seven MARBLED GODWITS, a WHIMBREL, and two PIPING PLOVERS on November 12. The Avalon Sea Watch had an immature LITTLE GULL on November 17, and there have been several reports of BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES.

Some other highlights this week included: CAPE MAY WARBLER on Cape May Point on November 12; nine PARASITIC JAEGERS and a POMARINE JAEGER off Cape May Point on the 13th; COMMON EIDER off Cape May Point at St. Marys jetty until the 14th; GREAT CORMORANT at St. Marys jetty on the 15th; two BLACKPOLL WARBLERS and a HOUSE WREN at the Beanery on November 15, an ICELAND GULL at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 16th; LAPLAND LONGSPUR, two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and three "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROWS at SCMM on the 17th; and a lingering RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD at Seaville on the 18th.

At the Cape May Hawk Watch, there have were good numbers of RED-TAILED HAWKS this week. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was counted on November 15, with three on the 16th. A few NORTHERN GOSHAWKS are also being seen, with four counted on the 16th. Nature Notes: A few Monarchs are still being seen, with a small late movement of 20 noted at Stone Harbor Point on November 13. A Monarch tagged at Cape May Point on October 11 was recovered at St. Marks NWR on the Florida panhandle on October 23. A few Common Buckeyes continue to linger in the area, along with the odd Red Admiral or American Lady. A Little Yellow was at SCMM on November 13.

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

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 hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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!

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