You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This recording was made on
Thursday, November 29, 2001. Highlights from the last week include
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, SNOWY OWL, KING EIDER, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, and
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues at the Forsythe National Wildlife
Refuge, better known as Brigantine, most recently reported on Nov.
27. From the light at Rt. 9 in the town of Smithville, take Moss Mill Road
straight east until you reach the salt marsh. (Birders often refer to this
as Leed's Point Road; actually Leed's Point Road joins Moss Mill Road from
the south and it isn't clear which name applies when you reach the marsh).
Cross a small wooden bridge and look for a parking pull-out about
two-tenths or one-quarter mile beyond the bridge, on the left (north) side
of the road. The bird is most often seen at this spot, near some bright
orange Bittersweet berries.
From one to three SNOWY OWLS continue to be seen at Brigantine's east pond.
An immature male KING EIDER was seen again at Cape May on Nov. 24, near the
jetty off Windsor St.
Two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found at Cape May Point on Nov. 27, along
with 3 PURPLE FINCHES and 2 PINE SISKINS.
A first-winter BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen on Nov. 24 at the mouth of
the Cape May Harbor, flying near the north jetty.
Observers visiting the salt marshes near Two Mile Landing on Nov. 28
tallied 3 NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS, 8 SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED
SPARROWS, 2 "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROWS, and 2 SNOW BUNTINGS.
Lingering songbird reports from around Cape May include BALTIMORE ORIOLES
on Nov. 24, 26, and 27, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT on Nov. 27, NORTHERN
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS on Nov. 27, and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER on Nov. 27.
Observers on the Nov. 24 whale-watch trip off Cape May estimated 12
individual JAEGERS (all close enough to identify were PARASITIC), along
with thousands of NORTHERN GANNETS and hundreds of RED-THROATED
LOONS. Observers on inshore waters on Nov. 24 reported 6 GREAT CORMORANTS
and 450 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS.
Details on the three southern NJ Christmas Bird Counts follow: (1) Cape May
CBC will be held Sunday, December 16 (contact Louise Zemaitis at
609-898-9578 to participate ), (2) Belleplain CBC will be held Sunday,
December 23 (contact Paul Kosten at 609-861-5827 to participate), (3)
Cumberland County CBC will be held Sunday, December 30 (contact Clay Sutton
at 609-465-3397 to participate).
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks that require no
pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To
receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call
609-861-0700, go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org, or
call our new natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466.
This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird
Observatory, which is a research 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 Cape May and surrounding areas. Updates
are typically made on Thursdays. Please report sightings of rare or
unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!
*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane,