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 21 includes sightings of ROSS'S GULL (in Delaware), RED CROSSBILL,
WHITE-WINGED DOVE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, ICELAND GULL,
EURASIAN WIGEON, news of CMBO's Cape May Hawkwatch and our Avalon Seawatch,
local nature notes, an announcement about Public Meetings for input on how
we'd like to use the Cape May NWR, an announcement about an upcoming Pelagic
Trip, news of CMBO's upcoming programs and field trips, local Christmas Bird
Count dates and contacts.
The ROSS'S GULL in Delaware was seen as recently as November 20th at Indian
River Inlet.There have also been reports of SNOWY OWL from Cape Henlopen
State Park. For more details call the Delaware Birding Hotline at 302-658-2747.
An adult male RED CROSSBILL fed on pine cones in the Cape May Point State
Park on November 20th. The bird was in the pines between the lighthouse and
the park offices.
The WHITE-WINGED DOVE continues to be seen along Sea Grove Ave. on Cape May
Point. It was seen as recently as November 20th.
The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER seen at the Beanery most of last week was last
reported on November 16th.
A HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen near the Coast Guard jetty on the Wildwood Crest
side on November 18th.
A 1st winter ICELAND GULL was seen near the fish docks along Ocean Drive on
Two EURASIAN WIGEON can be found on Lighthouse Ponds (the ponds along the
Red trail in the Cape May Point State Park. They have been present for some
The two WESTERN KINGBIRDS that have been frequenting the area near Hannah
Drive off of Shunpike were last reported on November 16th. WESTERN KINGBIRDS
were also reported from Higbee Beach and Sea Grove Ave. on the 16th.
Other interesting sightings this week include VESPER SPARROW and HOUSE WREN
at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 16th, EVENING GROSBEAK as a fly-over at the
State Park on the same day, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER on Cape May Point at Cape
Ave. and the dunes on the 17th, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW along 2nd Ave. in West
Cape May from the 17th to the 19th, a DICKCISSEL near 3rd and West Aves. on
the 17th, a very late NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH at Higbee Beach on the 17th, SNOW
BUNTINGS along the Beach at SCMM and on the beach in Wildwood Crest on the
18th, an INDIGO BUNTING at Higbee Beach on the 19th, and a CHAT along Sunset
Blvd on the 20th.
Highlights of CMBO's Cape May Hawkwatch this week include 2 late OSPREYS, 4
more BALD EAGLES, 3 N. GOSHAWKS on November 15 and 1 on the 18th, 25
RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS on the 15th, a real late BROAD-WINGED HAWK on the 16th,
a GOLDEN EAGLE on the 15th, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and two GOLDEN EAGLES on
From the Seawatch in Avalon we have a report of 55 KITTIWAKES on November
18th. The Seawatch has also recorded unusually high numbers of COMMON EIDERS
recently with 26 passing on November 14th alone.
A winter Pelagic Birding Trip out of Brielle, NJ, will be offered Saturday,
December 7th, leaving at 5 a.m. and returning that evening at 8 p.m. For
more information and to register, call Focus on Nature Tours at 302-529-1876.
Two half-day Mini Pelagic trips are scheduled out of Cape May aboard the
Cape May Whale Watcher on December 8th and December 14th. Trips leave at 8
a.m., cost is $35. Call 1-800-786-5445 for more details and to register.
Local Nature Notes follow: A Monarch was seen from the Cape May Hawkwatch
on November 18th. Both Buckeye and Orange Sulphur were seen on the 17th.
One of the GREAT natural history sightings of the decade was the claw
scrape, paw prints, and scat of a possible BOBCAT off Route 50 in the Great
Cedar Swamp section of the new Cape May National Wildlife Refuge on November
15th. The discovery was made by the new Refuge Assistant Manager, Bruce
Luebke. Adult Bald Eagles are paired up and on territory; they might be
found near their nests, like the pair that's been seen sitting side by side
on the back edge of East Creek Lake each early morning. Bluebirds are in
thick now and being seen at the Beanery, Higbee Beach, and on the wires
along Kimble's Beach Road near the new Cape May NWR headquarters.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been holding a number of public
meetings on the use of the Cape May NWR and the Brigantine or Forsythe NWR.
All meetings include informal sessions from 12:30 to 5 p.m. and formal
presentations from 7 to 10 p.m. For those of you interested in expressing
your interests on how these areas are used is a list of meeting places and
dates: November 21st in Middle Township at Township Hall, 33 Mechanic
Street, in Cape May Court House, December 4 in Tuckerton at the park
building in Tip Seaman County Park, and December 5 in the Brick Township
Municipal Building, 401 Chambers Bridge Road. If you can't attend, but want
to voice your thoughts, call Forsythe NWR at 609-652-1665 and ask for the
"Issues Workbook" questionnaire or stop in and pick it up there or at the
Cape May NWR headquarters on Kimble's Beach Road.
Some of CMBO's upcoming preregistration programs follow: November 23rd
Louise Zemaitis will teach a workshop on "Binoculars & Spotting Scopes For
Birders." Our November 30th "Waterfowl Cruise" aboard THE SKIMMER is FULL!
January 6-10th, 1997, Pat and Clay Sutton and Pete Dunne will lead a
Weeklong Birding Workshop for Hawks, Owls, and Winter Waterfowl. There's
still room; call for the weekong workshop flyer and registration form.
CMBO's weekly bird walks have wound down, but are still being offered every
Tuesday and Saturday morning, and every Friday evening, and the CMBO
sponsored "Birding By Boat trips" aboard THE SKIMMER are offered every
Sunday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.! Call CMBO (at 609-884-2736) for the
Fall Program Schedule, which includes details and information on
registration for the special programs and meeting place and times for our
The three local Christmas Bird Counts will all be held on Sunday this year;
dates and contacts follow: Cape May CBC on December 22, call Vince Elia or
Louise Zemaitis at 609-884-2736; Belleplain CBC on December 29, call Paul
Kosten at 609-861-5827; Cumberland CBC on January 5, call Clay Sutton at
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 send a request for information 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 DAILY, 9-5.
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!