CAPE MAY BIRDING HOTLINE November 26, 2007
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was
prepared on Monday November 26, 2007. Highlights this week include
sightings of WESTERN KINGBIRD, CAVE SWALLOW, LESSER NIGHTHAWK,
BARNACLE GOOSE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, LONG-EARED OWL, SHORT-EARED
OWL, SAW-WHET OWL, PINE SISKIN, EVENING GROSBEAK, PURPLE FINCH,
BALTIMORE ORIOLE, COMMON EIDER, SANDHILL CRANE, ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, WHITE-WINGED
CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL and RED CROSSBILL.
For more up to the minute Cape May sightings information check the
"View from the Cape" section of http://www.BirdCapeMay.org
We apologize for the unavoidable lapse of hotline coverage in the
previous weeks and we hope that this has not caused anyone any
A LESSER NIGHTHAWK (first NJ state record if accepted) was found
yesterday, 11/25, roosting on a branch near the hawk watch platform at
the Cape May Point State Park. There have been no further sightings of
this bird as of the time of the compilation of this hotline.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD was reported from the end of Wilson St. in West
Cape May, yesterday, 11/25. This is the same area that the ASH-
THROATED FLYCATCHER has been seen. The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was
also reported to have been seen, yesterday, 11/25. Wilson Street can
be accessed on the left side of Seashore Ave. (heading south) from the
West Cape May canal bridge. Park at the end of the street and walk
over the railroad tracks. This area is TNC's Cape Island Preserve. The
Ash-throated had been seen frequently along the tracks south of Wilson
St., but the bird has been observed to the north of Wilson St. as well.
There still are plenty of CAVE SWALLOWS around to be seen. The best
chance for spying this species is to plant yourself on the hawkwatch
platform at the Cape May Point State Park and wait for one to fly by.
Roosting groups as big as 90+ individuals have been seen in Cape May
The lone BARNACLE GOOSE continues to be found in the Cape May area the
week. The last sighting of this species was this morning, 11/26 at
TNC's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge- CMMBR (a.k.a. the Meadows.) It
seems the best chance for spotting this species is first thing in the
morning or in the evening at roost at either the CMMBR or on Lake Lilly.
On Saturday, 11/24, numerous reports of LONG-EARED OWLS came in from
various locations in Cape May. There was one obliging owl which many
observers were fortunate enough to see, most other reports were of
accidental flushes that occurred while birding. The same night banding
efforts produced no less than 8 SAW-WHET OWLS.
Reports continue to trickle in of PINE SISKIN and other winter finches
in the Cape May vicinity, mostly as fly over's. PURPLE FINCH is
virtually a daily occurrence here in Cape May and can often be seen at
the feeder at CMBO's Northwood Center in Cape May Point. A COMMON
REDPOLL was observed flying over the hawkwatch platform on 11/24 and
11/25. A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL flew past the hawkwacth platform on
11/23. On 11/16, nine RED CROSSBILLS flew past the Avalon seawatch.
EVENING GROSBEAK is being reported as flyovers in spits and spats. One
was observed at TNC's CMMBR this morning, 11/26. Also, one was
reported as a fly over at the Cape Island Preserve off Wilson St. in
West Cape May, yesterday 11/25.
A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen at the Beanery on 11/24.
Four COMMON EIDER were seen off Cape May Point on 11/20.
Two SANDHILL CRANES have been frequenting the Cape May Point area in
the last week. These birds have been frequently seen in either Bunker
pond in front of the hawkwatch platform or on Lighthouse pond at the
Cape May Point State Park.
Last reported on 11/24, there had been a very cooperative ORANGE-
CROWNED WARBLER at the back part of the loop trail at Hidden Valley
(the west side) While one bird had been reported previously there were
two individuals at Hidden Valley on 11/24. Additionally ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER has been seen at Higbee Beach near the port-o-john, in the
Up to four imm. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS have been spotted caching
acorns at the Villa WMA. The last report of these birds at this
location was on 11/18.
Moving up the Bay Shore, SHORT-EARED OWLS are being seen in the
evenings at the end of Jake's Landing Road.
Lastly, a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK visited a private feeder in Leesburg,
Cumberland County 0n 11/16 and 17.
CMBO is offering a special to new and upgraded membership renewals.
Join CMBO for the first time or upgrade from Individual or Family to
The Hundred and receive Charley Harper's Migration Mainline- Cape May
lithograph poster, valued at $50. Call either CMBO center to ask an
associate about joining today!
CMBO Bookstore hours are as follows; Northwood Center on East Lake
Drive in Cape May Point, starting December 1, will be closed on
Tuesdays. The center will be open Wednesday-Monday for the winter.
Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Center for Research and Education
on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday- Sunday 9:30- 4:30.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape
May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly.
Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at
609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of
CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we
cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $39 per year;
$49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or
visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in
addition to member discount in the stores).
Good Luck and Good Birding!
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
701 E. Lake Drive, P.O. Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ USA 08212-003
Ph: 609-884-2736 Fx: 609-884-6052