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
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