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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/18/2004
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, November 18th. Highlights from the last week include ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN TANAGER, CAVE SWALLOW, SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD, KING EIDER, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, COMMON EIDER, EURASIAN WIGEON, MARBLED GODWIT, and news of the migration.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen on Nov. 17th at the Cape May National Golf Course off Rt. 9 in Erma, in the large overgrown field on the south side of the course property. Birders must check in at the pro shop for permission to walk to this site.

A WESTERN TANAGER was reported from inaccessible private property off Sunset Blvd. on Nov. 17th.

CAVE SWALLOWS continue to be seen around Cape May, often in the morning at The Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (The Meadows) and/or from the Hawk Watch, and in the evenings along Beach Ave. in the city of Cape May, especially around the Avondale Inn, at Beach & Gurney; the max count was 16, seen along Beach Ave. on the evening of Nov. 14th and again the morning of the 15th.

A SELASPHORUS (RUFOUS/ALLENS type) HUMMINGBIRD has frequented feeders at 11 Spring St. in Bridgeton, Cumberland County through at least Nov. 16th.

A young male KING EIDER was seen from the Avalon Sea Watch on Nov. 18th, and an adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was here on the 13th. Two HARLEQUIN DUCKS and 8 GREAT CORMORANTS were seen around the pilings northeast of Poverty Beach in Cape May City on Nov. 16th. A COMMON EIDER continues to frequent the Cape May Point waterfront often seen in the State Park waters (near the Bunker). Two COMMON EIDERS flew past the first bird on Nov. 12th, and two were seen in the water off the jetty at the end of Whillden Ave. on Nov. 17th. A EURASIAN WIGEON was at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 17th. Four MARBLED GODWITS continue through Nov. 18th at Stone Harbor Point.

A VESPER SPARROW was seen along Stevens St. in West Cape May on Nov. 17th. An AMERICAN BITTERN was at the Meadows on the 15th. A SNOW BUNTING was at the Rea Farm on Nov. 14th, 2 were at Stone Harbor Point on the 13th, and a small flock was seen from the Hawk Watch on Nov. 17th. Five SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS and two NELSONS SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were still at the marsh near Two Mile Landing, Ocean Drive, on Nov. 18th. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was along the West Cape May Railroad tracks on Nov. 14th. A LINCOLNS SPARROW was at Higbee on the 13th. FOX SPARROWS, AMERICAN PIPITS, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and AMERICAN WOODCOCK have all returned to Cape May. NORTHERN GOSHAWKS are still being seen daily from the Hawk Watch and at other sites all around Cape May. It continues to be a better-than-average autumn for PURPLE FINCH and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.

Noteworthy lingering birds seen during the last week include: one BOBOLINK at Hidden Valley on Nov. 18th; a Black-throated Green Warbler at the Rea Farm on the 17th; BALTIMORE ORIOLES along New England Rd. on the 17th, at Hidden Valley on the 16th, and at Higbee on the 14th; 2 CLIFF SWALLOWS, 2 BARN SWALLOWS, and a NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW along the Cape May City waterfront on Nov. 15th; a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER at Cape May Point State Park on the 14th and another at the Rea Farm on the 13th; and 11 BROWN PELICANS off Cape May Point on Nov. 12th.

The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's web site at http://www.njaudubon.org

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, 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 around Cape May County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING

 
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