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
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
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