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You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of
the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory.
Highlights for the week ending Nov. 2, 1995 include
sightings of CALIFORNIA GULL, ROSS'S GOOSE, HENSLOW'S
SPARROW, migration news, announcements, nature notes etc.
A first-winter CALIFORNIA GULL was see at the Avalon
Seawatch on Oct. 29, flying south with Ring-billed Gulls.
There are no previous state records. Also at the Seawatch,
a dark morph ROSS'S GOOSE was seen on Oct. 31. This species
is annual in NJ, particularly at Brigantine during fall,
but dark morph birds are extremely rare.
A HENSLOW'S SPARROW was seen Oct. 29 at Higbee Beach; no
repeat sightings were made.
Other hightlights this past week include several flocks of
EVENING GROSBEAKS at various locations, mainly on Oct.
30-31; two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS at Higbee Beach, Oct. 27;
AMERICAN REDSTART, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, & SOLITARY VIREO at
the Beanery Oct. 29; BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER at the
Hawkwatch platform, also Oct. 29; and NORTHERN PARULA and
NASHVILLE WARBLERS at Higbee Oct. 29.
Last week's tape carried word of an incredible OWL
migration Oct. 25, when 80 SAW-WHET OWLS were banded. The
weather continued with a gentle NW wind, clear skies; and
on on Oct. 26, an additional 68 SAW-WHETS, 2 LONG-EARED
OWLS, and 2 BARN OWLS were banded. The weather changed
again until Oct. 31, when 21 more SAW-WHETS were banded.
Birders doing night-watches for owls also are having luck;
on Oct. 26, six large owls, either BARN OWL or LONG-EARED, were
seen in migration after dark, and four or more BARN OWLS
and a SAW-WHET were heard. The best night-watching for owls
is from the new Nature Conservancy observation platform in
the South Cape May Meadows. SHORT-EARED OWLS are passing
now too; one was seen over Cape May Point the evening of
Oct. 26, and another was seen Oct. 29 in the Meadows. A
roosting LONG-EAR was present Oct. 27 in the State Park all
day. On Nov. 2, as this hotline was being written, a
Carolina Wren discovered a roosting SAW-WHET OWL outside
CMBO at 4 PM.
We are in the third month of the CMBO Hawkwatch, staffed
this year by Andre Robinson; Jerry Ligouri and Ulf Koenig
are our education interns. [transcriber's apology for
getting Ulf's name wrong for several weeks.] This week's
cold fronts produced excellent flights. The EAGLE show on
Oct. 29-30 will be long remembered. Eleven BALD EAGLES and
three GOLDEN EAGLES were seen Oct. 29, and seven BALD and
five GOLDEN on Oct. 30. Other highlights of Oct. 30-31
included over 180 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 750+ SHARP-SHINNED
HAWKS, 60 COOPER'S HAWKS, 2 GOSHAWKS, 27 RED-SHOULDERED
HAWKS, 40 BROADWINGED HAWKS, and the season's first
SWAINSON'S HAWK, 290+ RED-TAILS, 50+ KESTRELS and 15
MERLINS. PEREGRINE FALCONS are still coming through, and
soared way beyond previous highs, 1086 recorded so far
(previous high, 818 in 1990). As of Nov. 1, over 50,000
raptors have been counted this fall.
The CMBO Seawatch at the north end of Avalon is staffed by
Dave Ward, Clay Sutton, Mike O'Brien, Fred Mears. Again,
mind-boggling flights of SCOTERS, sea ducks and cormorants
passed this week. Oct. 31 will long be remembered for
101,742 seabirds that passed by. Of those, 86,000 were
Scoters, including 37,000 BLACK SCOTERS; 33,000 SURF
SCOTERS; 16,000 "dark-winged" (Black or Surf) and 200
Also that day, 488 RED-THROATED LOONS, 315 COMMON LOONS,
750 N. GANNETS, 6900 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, 1783 SNOW
GEESE, 2100 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 5 PARASITIC JAEGERS, and one
RAZORBILL. Three COMMON EIDER passed the Seawatch Oct. 28;
PARASITIC JAEGERS are daily, including ten on Oct. 30; and
a BLACK BRANT was seen Oct. 26. The Seawatch total as of
the end of Oct. was 540,000 birds.
Local nature notes follow.
A major migration of AM. ROBINS and SPARROWS, involving
thousands of birds, came through Oct. 30. CMBO'S "Night
watch" on Oct. 28 witnessed thousands of TREE SWALLOWS
going to roost. With temperatures dropping, Butterfly
numbers have dropped, but a few are still in the area. On
Nov. 2, CMBO's garden had 2 CLOUDLESS SULPHURS, and the
State Park trails had a QUESTION MARK, 2 GREEN DARNER
dragonflies, and several MONARCHS. A COMMON BUCKEYE was in
the Cape May Meadows Nov. 1, and a LONG-TAILED SKIPPER was
in the Villas Oct. 28.
[program information deleted--LL]
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
birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May
birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory,
call our office at 609-884-2736 or a send a request for
info to CMBO, P.O. Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you
are in the area, do not hesitate to visit our headquarters
and growing birding bookstore at 707 E. Lake Dr., Cape May
Point. We're open 9-5 every day but Monday.
The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service
of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from
Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent
areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if
warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L.
Larson (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.