You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This recording was made on
Wednesday, November 21 (Happy Thanksgiving). Highlights from the last week
include CAVE SWALLOW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, SNOWY OWL, ROSS' GOOSE,
DOVEKIE, KING EIDER, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, and COMMON REDPOLL.
A single CAVE SWALLOW was seen from the Cape May Hawkwatch on Nov. 20.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Forsythe National Wildlife
Refuge, better known as Brigantine, on Nov. 18, and seen again on Nov. 21.
It was found .2 mi north of the small bridge on Leed's Point Rd.
A SNOWY OWL was seen at Brigantine's east pond, with reports from both Nov.
20 and 21.
A ROSS' GOOSE was found at Brigantine on Nov. 18.
A DOVEKIE was seen flying by the Avalon Seawatch on Nov. 16.
An immature male KING EIDER continues to been just offshore from the town of
Cape May; our most recent report is from Nov. 21, when the bird was nearest
to Beach & Windsor.
Irruptive species from the north continue to be found around Cape May.
Twelve WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at Reed's Beach on Nov. 18. Two
COMMON REDPOLLS were also seen at Reed's Beach on the 18th, and one was seen
at Cape May Point on the same date.
SNOW BUNTINGS were found at Brigantine Nov. 18 and 21, and along the Cape
May waterfront on Nov. 18.
DICKCISSELS were found at Cape May Point on Nov. 17 and 18.
Lingering songbird reports from around Cape May include BALTIMORE ORIOLE on
Nov. 17, 18, and 19, BLACKPOLL WARBLER on Nov. 15, 17, and 18, and BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER on Nov. 17.
AMERICAN BITTERNS continue to be seen sporadically at the south Cape May
Meadows and at Bunker Pond, Cape May Point State Park.
RED-THROATED LOONS are moving along the coast in large numbers. From Nov.
15 to 18, 10,729 were counted from the Avalon Seawatch. Numbers are
declining at the Cape May Hawk Watch, but sightings continue: 5 NORTHERN
GOSHAWKS, the season's high count, were seen on Nov. 17.
Details on the three southern NJ Christmas Bird Counts follow: (1) Cape May
CBC will be held Sunday, December 16 (contact Louise Zemaitis at
609-898-9578 to participate), (2) Belleplain CBC will be held Sunday,
December 23 (contact Paul Kosten at 609-861-5827 to participate), (3)
Cumberland County CBC will be held Sunday, December 30 (contact Clay Sutton
at 609-465-3397 to participate).
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks that require no
pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To
receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, or
call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at
http://www.njaudubon.org, or call our new natural history and events hotline
This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird
Observatory, which is a research 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 Cape May and
surrounding areas. Updates are made on Thursdays. Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for
calling and GOOD BIRDING!
*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane,