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 21, 2002. Highlights from the last week include
LONG-BILLED CURLEW, CAVE SWALLOW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, ICELAND GULL,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, WESTERN KINGBIRD, and news of the
A LONG-BILLED CURLEW was seen from a boat in the channels behind North
Wildwood on Nov. 15th, but it has not been relocated.
CAVE SWALLOWS have made frequent appearances around Cape May this week. A
flock of 8 was seen on Nov. 16th at Cape May Point State Park in the
morning and at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge
("The Meadows") in the afternoon. CAVE SWALLOWS were also reported Nov.
17, 18, and 19 around Cape May, including one bird seen at Stone Harbor
Point on the 18th.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen on Nov. 16 along the entrance road to
the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.
Cape May's elusive ICELAND GULL was seen from the hawkwatch at Cape May
Point on Nov. 16th.
3 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found on Nov. 21st in brushy areas near Cape
May Point State Park, and another was by the parking lot at Hidden Valley
on Nov. 18th.
A HARLEQUIN DUCK was off Third Avenue in North Wildwood on Nov. 16th.
The Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge harbored a
WESTERN KINGBIRD Nov. 16th through the 18th, a HUDSONIAN GODWIT on the
18th, a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS on Nov.
20th. Nearby Brigantine Island held 52 WESTERN WILLETS and 9 MARBLED
GODWITS on Nov. 20th. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was at The Meadows in Cape
May on Nov. 18th. 340 RED KNOTS were counted at Stone Harbor Point on Nov.
AMERICAN BITTERNS are being seen daily at The Meadows in Cape May.
More than 39,000 birds were counted from the Avalon Seawatch over two days,
Nov. 19 and 20, including nearly 10,000 RED-THROATED LOONS and 24,000 SCOTERS.
The autumn migration is moving into its late stages. Birds reported during
the last week from areas around Cape May include WINTER WREN, FOX SPARROW,
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW, AMERICAN WOODCOCK,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and EASTERN
Lingering birds include BROWN PELICAN, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, NASHVILLE
WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, CHIMNEY SWIFT,
BALTIMORE ORIOLE, HOUSE WREN, and BARN SWALLOW.
Please note that this hotline be updated next on Saturday, Nov. 30, due to
the Thanksgiving Holiday. Happy Turkey-Day to everyone.
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://cmbo.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 CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212