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 20 include sightings of the last date on the BROWN-CHESTED
MARTIN, MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER, WESTERN TANAGER, RED CROSSBILL, WESTERN KINGBIRD, information
to registrants on CMBO's November 22nd Waterfowl Cruise, local nature
notes, news of our upcoming programs and field trips, and dates for the
three local Christmas Bird Counts.
To all registrants for CMBO's November 22nd Waterfowl Cruise, see you there
-- weather looks good. The predicted storm looks like it will blow through
quickly and rains should end by Noon or earlier! There is still room on
this trip, call CMBO to register.
The BROWN-CHESTED MARTIN was last seen on November 15, and most observers
think it expired that night.
The MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER was last seen on the morning of November 19 at
the Beanery and may still be present.
Two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen briefly along New England Road on
The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was last reported on November 16 at the Beanery.
The WESTERN TANAGER at Higbee Beach was last reported on November 17.
The last report of CAVE SWALLOW was on November 17.
A DICKCISSEL was present at a feeder in West Cape May on Novewmber 17.
On November 16, three seperate RED CROSSBILL flocks were seen numbers 12,
19 and 15 birds.
Other sightings this week included an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER on Cape May
Point on November 20, WESTERN KINGBIRDS at the Beanery and at the Hawkwatch
on the 20th and a flock of 50 EVENING GROSBEAKS over the State Park on the
20th. A late GREEN HERON was at Lily Lake on the 20th
The Hawkwatch to date has tallied over 82,000 raptors. BALD EAGLES continue
to come through in steady numbers. This past week 8 were seen between
November 15th and 18th. GOSHAWKS have been seen regularly, with 13 seen on
the 15th, 7 on the 16th, and 4 on the 17th. GOLDEN EAGLES tallied 2 on the
15th, 4 on the 16th, 1 on the 17th, and 2 on the 18th. The hawkwatch will
run through Thanksgiving with Jerry Liguori, our official counter, and
Vince Elia on Wednesdays.
CMBO's fulltime Seawatch at the north end of Avalon, 7th Street and the
beach, is manned this season by Bill Seng, Fred Mears, and Dave Ward, and
Gail Dwyer on weekends. The Seawatch this week enjoyed the fall's first
HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 4 on November 18. Other highlights incude 3 JAEGERS on the
18th & 19th. 4 KITTIWAKES on the 16th & 18th. A RED-NECKED GREBE on
November 19. Thousands of RED-THROATED LOONS, with 2800 passing on the 18th
and 3,600 on the 19th and 2,000+ GANNETS on the 18th.
Katy Duffy spent the last month at Cape May banding 74 owls, including 52
SAW-WHETS, 20 LONG-EAREDS, and 2 BARN OWLS. Clear, cold nights of gently
north to northwest winds, produced flights: 8 owls on the 15th, 1 on the
16th, 9 on the 17th, 5 on the 18th, and 3 on the 19th, all Saw-whets except
for 5 Long-eareds on the 17th, 2 on the 15th, and 2 Barn Owls on the 15th.
Many visitors enjoyed daytime roosting Long-eared Owls, 2 at the Beanery on
the 16th and 17th. A Long-eared Owl caught the night of November 17th was
already banded 5 years ago here at Cape May on November 9, 1992. One of the
Barn Owls banded this week was already banded and came from a nest this
June in Whitehouse, Cumberland County (a bird banded by Len Soucy's
assistant, Jim Stamey).
Local Nature Notes follow: Despite icy cold nights, sunny days continue to
produce warm edges and butterflies & dragonflies. MONARCH, RED ADMIRALS,
LADIES, QUESTION MARK TYPE, numbers of ORANGE SULPHURS, and fair numbers of
GREEN DARNER dragonflies have all been enjoyed this week. The recent
strong winds blew many of the leaves from the trees so our fall colors were
short lived, but it's now easier to look into the woods for large stick
nests that courting Great Horned Owls may use in January when they lay
their eggs. Each dawn and dusk, and sometimes through the nights, listen
for Great Horneds dueting -- the male's call is longer and higher, the
female's call is a lower and briefer answer.
The Cape May Bird Observatory's Program Schedule offers morning bird walks
every Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday, an evening bird walk each Friday
through November. The Saturday morning bird walk continues through
December. Special upcoming preregistration programs include a "Waterfowl
Cruise" on November 22nd, a "Binoculars & Spotting Scopes Workshop" on
November 29, a 2-day "Bird Watching For Beginners Course" on November
29-30, and a "Feed the Birds Workshop" on December 6, a "Family Program on
the Birds of the Backyard" on December 6, and a "Bird Seed Sale Day" on
December 6th which does require pre-ordering! Stop by either center to
pick up CMBO's program schedule which gives full details on all our
programs or call us at 609-861-0700.
Details on upcoming local Christmas Bird Counts follow: The Cape May Count
will be held December 21 (contact Vince Elia at 861-0700, x-14; or Louise
Zemaitis at 884-2736); the Belleplain Count will be held on December 28
(contact Paul Kosten prior to December 21 at 861-5827; the Cumberland
Count will be held January 4 (contact Clay Sutton at 465-3397).
The Cape May Bird Observatory now has two centers of activity. Our new
Center for Research & Education in Goshen is located at 600 Route 47 North.
The center features gardens and a meadow for wildlife, feeding stations,
nature store, and a wildlife art gallery in "The Loft"on our second floor,
featuring the work of some of the Bayshore's finest artists, photographer,
and carvers. CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May
Point now has more space than ever devoted to our growing birding book
store and birding information. Both are open daily, 10-5.
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
609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North,
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. If you are in the area do not hesitate to
visit our 2 birding bookstores.
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!