Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/30/2002
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Saturday, November 30, 2002. Highlights from the last week include WHITE-WINGED DOVE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, CAVE SWALLOW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, SEDGE WREN, COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER, RAZORBILL, POMARINE JAEGER, and news of the migration.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE has been seen in a yard on Cape Island since Nov. 28th, at 4068 Bayshore Road. Park on the road shoulder and walk along the driveway into the back yard. The bird is most often seen on the ground beneath a bird feeder near the small pond. Remember that this is private property please use all common courtesies.

Five AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen flying over the hawkwatch at Cape May Point State Park on Nov. 26th; observers watched the birds fly southwest toward Delaware.

CAVE SWALLOWS continue to be seen almost every day around Cape May. Numbers reported from the hawkwatch and other nearby areas: 2 on Nov. 29th, 3 on the 28th, 2 on the 27th and the 26th, and 8 on the 25th. On Nov. 24th there were 108 sightings of Cave Swallow from the hawkwatch (difficult to ascertain exact number of individual birds). 12 went to roost at dusk on the 24th on Congress Hall in Cape May, where 28 were counted on the 23rd.

Two ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS were found on Nov. 23rd; one at Hidden Valley and one at the Rea Farm. The latter bird was seen again on Nov. 24th, 26th, and 28th, along the north edge of the southernmost field on the farm.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen in the field across Bayshore Road from the Rea Farm parking area on Nov. 28th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen on Nov. 23rd at the Stocker Tract of the Cape May NWR, located on the north side of Burleigh Ave. near Green Creek.

A SEDGE WREN was found on Nov. 24th in the salt marsh off Sutton Lane, which leads south from Rt. 47 near Eldora. Other sightings here included 7 SHORT-EARED OWLS and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.

The Avalon Seawatch has been turning up many notable birds recently. An adult male COMMON EIDER has been frequenting the waters at the Seawatch, our most recent report being Nov. 29th. On the 28th, 3 COMMON EIDERS, 2 KING EIDERS, and a RAZORBILL were counted. 4 COMMON EIDERS were seen on the 27th, 3 KING EIDERS on the 25th and another on the 26th, over 8,000 RED-THROATED LOONS on the 25th, and a POMARINE JAEGER on the 23rd.

Autumn migrants are still trickling into Cape May, and a few lingering birds are still being reported. Noteworthy finds of the last week include an adult male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD around West Cape May through at least Nov. 27th, ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER at Cape May Point State Park on Nov. 29th, adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The Meadows") on Nov. 27th, and several reports of PURPLE FINCH, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SHORT-EARED OWL, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and VIRGINIA RAIL.

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://cmbo.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 CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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