You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week
ending November 27 include sightings of MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER,
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, SWAINSON'S HAWK, local nature notes, news of our
upcoming programs and field trips, and dates for the three local Christmas
The MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER continues to be seen at the Beanery. Although
not reported since the 26th, it is likely still present.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, the seasons second, was seen at Hidden Valley
Ranch on November 26. The bird was last seen flying west away from Hidden
A SWAINSON'S HAWK passed the hawkwatch on November 24, but did not linger.
Other highlights this week included a "CACKLING" CANADA GOOSE (a pint-sized
version of its larger kin) on Lily Lake on November 22, 2 very late
BOBOLINKS over the Hawkwatch on the 23rd along with 3 RED CROSSBILLS and an
EVENING GROSBEAK, a fly-by ICELAND GULL at Cape May Point on the 24th, a
very late ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW at the Avalon Seawatch on the 24th, and on
the 25th COMMON REDPOLL and AM. TREE SPARROW at the Hawkwatch and another
TREE SPARROW at CMBO on Cape May Point.
The Hawkwatch to date has tallied over 83,000 raptors. In addition to the
SWAINSON'S HAWK mentioned earlier, 10 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS were seen on
November 25. Its been a good Goshawk flight this year. The hawkwatch will
run through November 30.
CMBO's fulltime Seawatch at the north end of Avalon, 7th Street and the
beach, is manned this season by Bill Seng, Fred Mears, and Dave Ward, and
Gail Dwyer on weekends. The RED-THROATED LOON flight continues with 4,700
November 22, and 3,000 on the 20th. RED-NECKED GREBES were seen, on the
23rd and the 25th. COMMON EIDERS passed on the 21st and the 23rd. N. GANNET
totaled 2,300 passed on the 22nd. KITTIWAKES were seen on the 21st & 22nd,
and 2 on the 26th. A 1st winter LITTLE GULL passed the Seawatch on the 21st
and an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on the 22nd. The week's tally for
PARASITIC JAEGERS was 14, with 6 seen on the 23rd and 5 on the 22nd.
The Owl Banding Project ended November 20th when Katy Duffy returned to
Wyoming. Between October 28th and November 20th the project banded 83
owls, including 61 SAW-WHET, 20 LONG-EARED, and 2 BARN OWLS. Owls will
continue to migrate through mid-December if conditions are right -- nights
of gentle north or northwest winds following a cold front.
CMBO's Waterfowl Cruise on November 22nd enjoyed OLDSQUAW, RUDDY DUCKS,
RED-THROATED LOONS, COMMON LOONS, BUFFLEHEAD, BRANT, RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, HOODED
MERGANSERS, and HORNED GREBE in the back bay waters between Cape May and
Stone Harbor, and in the marshes and on Nummy's Island over 100 AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHERS and 2 MARBLED GODWITS.
Local Nature Notes follow: Despite icy cold nights, sunny days continue to
produce warm edges AND a few butterflies & dragonflies, though sightings,
numbers, and diversity are diminishing -- only the hardy few are surviving
the freezing spells. On the butterfly front: MONARCH, BUCKEYE, and ORANGE
SULPHUR were seen this week. On the dragonfly front: only GREEN DARNER.
Virginia Creeper berries and hackberries have been pulling in flocks of
robins this week. Persimmon fruits are attracting hungry birds too. Dusk
is about 4:45 p.m. these days and a perfect time to scan good edges for
Great Horned Owls coming out to begin their day. Jakes Landing is a great
place to scan, especially the dead trees near the marsh edge.
The Cape May Bird Observatory's Fall Programs are winding down. November
28th will be the final Sunset Walk at the Meadows. November 30th will be
the final Sunday morning bird walk at the new center in Goshen. The
Saturday morning Cape May Point bird walks will continue through December
27th. Special upcoming preregistration programs include a "Binoculars &
Spotting Scopes Workshop" with Pete Dunne on November 29, a 2-day "Bird
Watching For Beginners Course" on November 29-30, a "Feed the Birds
Workshop" on December 6, a "Family Program on the Birds of the Backyard" on
December 6, and CMBO's "Bird Seed Sale Day" on December 6th, which does
require pre-ordering! Stop by either center to pick up CMBO's program
schedule which gives full details on all our programs or call us at
Details on upcoming local Christmas Bird Counts follow: The Cape May Count
will be held December 21 (contact Vince Elia at 861-0700, x-14; or Louise
Zemaitis at 884-2736); the Belleplain Count will be held on December 28
(contact Paul Kosten prior to December 21 at 861-5827; the Cumberland
Count will be held January 4 (contact Clay Sutton at 465-3397).
The Cape May Bird Observatory now has two centers of activity. Our new
Center for Research & Education in Goshen is located at 600 Route 47 North.
The center features gardens and a meadow for wildlife, feeding stations,
nature store, and a wildlife art gallery in "The Loft"on our second floor,
featuring the work of some of the Bayshore's finest artists, photographer,
and carvers. CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May
Point now has more space than ever devoted to our growing birding book
store and birding information. Both are open, 10-5. Call to learn of
The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New
Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to perpetuate and preserve the
ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these
goals and this birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May
birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory, call
609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North,
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. If you are in the area do not hesitate to
visit our 2 birding bookstores.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May
Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and
Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday
evenings, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or
unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!