This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Tuesday, November 23rd, as the regular Thursday update would come on
Thanksgiving Day. This update includes the full text from the Nov.
18th hotline changed only with updates. Highlights from the reporting
period include WESTERN KINGBIRD, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, CAVE SWALLOW,
GLAUCOUS GULL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK,
COMMON EIDER, EURASIAN WIGEON, MARBLED GODWIT, and news of the
A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen flying past the Hawk Watch at Cape May
Point State Park on Nov. 19th, and seen along Seagrove Ave. on Nov.
22nd and again on the 23rd.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen on Nov. 17th at the Cape May
National Golf Course off Rt. 9 in Erma, in the large overgrown field on
the south side of the course property. Birders must check in at the
pro shop for permission to walk to this site. There have been no
subsequent sightings, despite much diligent searching; the bird is
A WESTERN TANAGER was reported from inaccessible private property off
Sunset Blvd. on Nov. 17th. There have been no subsequent reports.
CAVE SWALLOWS continue to be seen around Cape May, often in the morning
at The Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (The
Meadows) and/or from the Hawk Watch, and in the evenings along Beach
Ave. in the city of Cape May, especially around the Avondale Inn, at
Beach & Gurney; the max count was 16, seen along Beach Ave. on the
evening of Nov. 14th and again the morning of the 15th. Our most
recent report is of two birds on Nov. 21st.
A SELASPHORUS (RUFOUS/ALLENS type) HUMMINGBIRD frequented feeders in
Bridgeton, Cumberland County through Nov. 17th. There have been no
sightings since Nov. 17th.
A GLAUCOUS GULL and a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE were seen from the Avalon
Sea Watch on Nov. 20th, a young male KING EIDER was seen here on Nov.
18th, and another BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was here on the 13th. Two
HARLEQUIN DUCKS and 8 GREAT CORMORANTS were seen around the pilings
northeast of Poverty Beach in Cape May City on Nov. 16th, with the
HARLEQUIN DUCKS still present on the 20th. A COMMON EIDER continues to
frequent the Cape May Point waterfront often seen in the State Park
waters (near the Bunker). Two COMMON EIDERS flew past the first bird
on Nov. 12th, and two were seen in the water off the jetty at the end
of Whillden Ave. on Nov. 17th. Two were still off Cape May Point on
the 22nd. Another COMMON EIDER was at Sea Isle City on the 21st. A
EURASIAN WIGEON was at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National
Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 17th and has continued through at least the
21st. Four MARBLED GODWITS continue through Nov. 18th at Stone Harbor
Point, with 3 seen here on the 20th, when 12 SNOW BUNTINGS were
Two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were at Higbee on the 23rd, where one had
been seen on the 21st. A VESPER SPARROW was seen along Stevens St. in
West Cape May on Nov. 17th. An AMERICAN BITTERN was at the Meadows on
the 15th. A SNOW BUNTING was at the Rea Farm on Nov. 14th, 2 were at
Stone Harbor Point on the 13th, a small flock was seen from the Hawk
Watch on Nov. 17th, and one was at Two Mile Beach on the 21st.
Five SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS and two NELSONS SHARP-TAILED
SPARROWS were still at the marsh near Two Mile Landing, Ocean Drive, on
Nov. 18th. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was along the West Cape May
Railroad tracks on Nov. 14th. A LINCOLNS SPARROW was at Higbee on the
13th, and one was also reported here on the 21st. An AMERICAN TREE
SPARROW, 10 FOX SPARROWS, and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW were at Hidden
Valley on Nov. 23rd. Five WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen here on the
19th. FOX SPARROWS, AMERICAN PIPITS, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and AMERICAN
WOODCOCK have all returned to Cape May. NORTHERN GOSHAWKS are still
being seen daily from the Hawk Watch and at other sites all around Cape
May. It continues to be a better-than-average autumn for PURPLE FINCH
and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.
Noteworthy lingering birds seen during the last week include: one
BOBOLINK at Hidden Valley on Nov. 18th; a Black-throated Green
Warbler at the Rea Farm on the 17th; BALTIMORE ORIOLES along New
England Rd. on the 17th, at Hidden Valley on the 16th, and at Higbee on
the 14th; 2 CLIFF SWALLOWS, 2 BARN SWALLOWS, and a NORTHERN
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW along the Cape May City waterfront on Nov. 15th; a
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER at Cape May Point State Park on the 14th and
another at the Rea Farm on the 13th; and 11 BROWN PELICANS off Cape May
Point on Nov. 12th.
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://www.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 CMBOs Northwood Center at
609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org.
Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!