Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/21/2002
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 migration.

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. 15th.

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 BLUEBIRD.


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

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