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
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 inconvenience.
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.
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 PointState Park and wait for one to fly by.
Roosting groups as big as 90+ individuals have been seen in Cape May City.
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.
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 onLake 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,
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
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 last week.
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
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
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******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 AtlanticCounties. Updates are made weekly.
Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736.
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Good Luck and Good Birding!