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 4 include reports of a CAVE SWALLOW
invasion, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, WESTERN
KINGBIRD, an influx of RED CROSSBILLS, local nature notes, news of an
upcoming pelagic trip, and news of CMBO.
At least 20 CAVE SWALLOWS were seen at various sites around Cape May
Point on November 3 and 4. It is very possible that the number of
birds present is higher, but assessing the total number is
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was found along Bayshore Road across from
the Beanery on November 3 and was still present until at least noon
on November 4.
A sizable flight of RED CROSSBILLS is under way. About 70-75 were
around Cape May Point on November 3 and at least 20 were around the
Point on November 4.
A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was a seen as it flew by the Cape May Hawk
Watch on November 4.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD was present on Cape May Point on October 29, and
the same or another was at Hidden Valley Ranch on October 30-31.
Up to six MARBLED GODWITS continue on the flats at Stone Harbor Point.
A EURASIAN WIGEON, presumably the same bird, was seen at the Coast
Guard ponds on November 1, and in one of the ponds at the Beanery on
Some other highlights this week included: 400+ FORSTER'S TERNS off
Cape May Point on October 30, ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW at the Cape May
Point State Park (CMPSP) on October 31, WILSON'S WARBLER at CMPSP on
November 1, four VESPER SPARROWS at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 1st,
six LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 200 GREATER YELLOWLEGS at the Coast
Guard ponds on the 1st, PINE WARBLER in Villas on the 1st, single
"IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROWS at both Two Mile Landing and Stone Harbor Point on
the 1st, SPOTTED SANDPIPER at the Beanery until the 1st, BLACK-LEGGED
KITTIWAKE off Cape May Point on the 2nd, WHIMBREL at Nummy Island on
the 2nd, COMMON EIDER at the Concrete Ship on the 2nd, and at the
Beanery on the 4th were GREEN HERON and PRAIRIE WARBLER. Three
BLACKPOLL WARBLERS and a BALTIMORE ORIOLE continued at the Bayshore
tract through the period. Higbee Beach had a continuing CAPE MAY
WARBLER and an INDIGO BUNTING on November 4.
At the Cape May Hawk Watch raptor numbers have been fairly low,
although NORTHERN GOSHAWKS were daily through the end of October. A
GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on November 1. The next two weeks should bring
the peak of the buteo flight, and hopefully more GOLDEN EAGLES and
CMBO's Avalon Seawatch officially began on September 22nd. The Avalon
Seawatch is at 7th street and the beach at the north end of Avalon.
The Sea Watch is in the middle of the SCOTER peak for the season.
Late October and early November is also the peak season for PARASITIC
JAEGERS. As November unfolds, NORTHERN GANNETS and RED-THROATED LOONS
will both reach their peak.
Local Nature Notes: This season's MONARCH flight was one of, if not
the best, ever. Between September 22 and the end of October, Chris
Wood, the Sea Bird counter, tallied about 80,000 Monarchs moving
south along the coast, and that's just on the barrier island side.
Over 5,000 Monarchs were tagged.
Focus on Nature Tours is organizing a pelagic trip out of Cape May on
Sunday November 21 aboard the Morning Star. The trip runs from 5 a.m.
to 5 p.m. and costs $95. For more info call 1-800-362-0869, or email
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no
preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do.
To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call
609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at
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 hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700
or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape
May Court House, NJ 08210. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of
activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600
Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701
East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens,
feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The
Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists,
photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.
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!