Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/21/2001
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 at 609-861-0466.

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, Skillman 08 558

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