CAPE MAY BIRDING HOTLINE November 20, 2003
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared
on Thursday, November 20, 2003. Highlights from the last week include
SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD, LECONTE'S SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW,
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, NORTHERN SHRIKE, CAVE
SWALLOW, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, KING EIDER, andnews of the migration.
A SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD showing some characteristics of ALLEN'S
HUMMINGBIRD (but RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD has not been ruled out) has been
frequenting feeders at1012 Cape May Ave. since Nov. 15th. The two
feeders here may both be seen clearly from the sidewalk in front of the
house. A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD is at a private yard in Villas with no
public access, and at least 2 late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are still
around Cape May.
A LECONTE'S SPARROW was seen Nov. 15 through 18 in the 'Tower Field' at
the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW has also
been here over the same dates, with a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW seen from
the 15th through the 17th.
A BREWER'S BLACKBIRD was found at the old Magnesite Plant along Sunset
Blvd. Nov. 15 and 16.
An immature NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Ocean Drive just south of
the toll bridge to Nummy's lsland on Nov. 16th.
Our most recent report of CAVE SWALLOW is a single bird seen from the
Hawkwatch at Cape May Point State Park on Nov. 17th.
Ten AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen flying over Cape May Point State
Park on Nov. 14th.
It continues to be a banner year at the Avalon Seawatch. Highlights
from the last week include KING EIDER on Nov. 16th, RED-NECKED GREBE on
the 16th and 18th, HARLEQUIN DUCK on the 18th, 14 COMMON EIDERS on the
18th, 5 GREAT CORMORANTS on the 15th, and more than 20,000 RED-THROATED
LOONS over the 4-day period Nov. 15th through 18th. Ten COMMON EIDERS
were at the Cold Spring Jetty on the 15th.
Noteworthy reports of flyover birds include 2 COMMON REDPOLLS on Nov.
16th, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR on the 16th, and 776 PURPLE FINCHES on the
We have received no reports of the Stone Harbor/Nummy Island
LONG-BILLED CURLEW this week - but the bird may still be present. Its
most recent known pattern had it around the south end of Nummy's Island
(near the toll bridge) at low tide, and at Stone Harbor Point at high
tide. Ten MARBLED GODWITS were seen at the south end of Nummy on Nov.
Please note that the 'free bridge' connecting Nummy's Island to south
Stone Harbor is now closed until further notice - at least until spring
2004 - for construction. Nummy can still be accessed fromNorth
Wildwood Blvd. (drive past the 'road closed - local traffic only' sign
and over the bridge).
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 CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or
e-mail reports to Cape May Reports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling
and GOOD BIRDING!
Mark S. Garland
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212