This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday,
November 4th. Highlights from the last week include FRIGATEBIRD SP., CAVE
SWALLOW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, SEDGE WREN, WESTERN KINGBIRD, LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL, MARBLED GODWIT, SNOW BUNTING, PARASITIC JAEGER, COMMON
EIDER, GREAT CORMORANT, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER, and news of the migration.
A FRIGATEBIRD of undetermined species flew east along the coast of Cape May
Point and Cape May on Oct. 30th.
CAVE SWALLOWS seem to show up in early November each year, and 4 were around
Cape May on Nov. 1st, with 8 here on the 3rd.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management
Area on Nov. 1st, but it quickly disappeared into the woods and was not
relocated. A SEDGE WREN was here the same day.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen at Stone Harbor Point on Oct. 31st, and a LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL, 7 MARBLED GODWITS, about 400 RED KNOTS, and a SNOW
BUNTING were here on Oct. 30th.
Good numbers of PARASITIC JAEGERS continue to be seen in the rips off
Cape May Point every day. Closer to shore, a young male COMMON EIDER
has been cruising between Cape May and Cape May Point; our most recent
report is from Nov. 3rd. Two GREAT CORMORANTS continue to frequent the
Concrete Ship at Sunset Beach.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and 4 VESPER SPARROWS were found at the Rea Farm on
Nov. 2nd. Single ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were at Cape May Point State
Park, Higbee, and the South Cape May Meadows on Oct. 30th (the Higbee bird
also seen the 31st), and one was seen at Hidden Valley on Oct. 28th. A late
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD has been visiting a feeder in Cape May Point
through at least Nov. 2nd. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at Higbee Oct. 30 and
31. Several NORTHERN GOSHAWKS seem to be frequenting a variety of natural
areas around Cape May, with sightings
almost daily from the Hawk Watch and other sites. There have been
better than average numbers recently of RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PURPLE FINCH,
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and EASTERN BLUEBIRD.
Roughly 80,000 birds were counted at the Avalon Seawatch on Oct. 28th, most
being SCOTERS and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS. NORTHERN GANNETS, COMMON
LOONS, and RED-THROATED LOONS are also migrating along the coast
in good numbers right now. An estimated 100,000 AMERICAN ROBINS flew
over Cape May on Nov. 1st, with corresponding good flights of other
temperate migrants. Many lingering birds have been reported during the last
week; notable late finds include BROWN PELICAN, CATTLE EGRET, YELLOW-BILLED
CUCKOO, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, BLUE GROSBEAK, MAGNOLIA
WARBLER, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, CHIMNEY SWIFT, and BANK, BARN, CLIFF, and
NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS.
New Jersey Audubon Society needs volunteers to submit site nominations
for the New Jersey Important Bird and Birding Areas Initiative. The
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is integrating Important
Bird Areas into the Landscape Project Mapping and its official Comprehensive
Wildlife Plan. The Landscape Project is used by the NJDEP as the SOLE
SOURCE of wildlife information for determining land acquisition priorities
and management of state lands. To get involved, please visit our website at
http://www.njaudubon.org/conservation/IBBA or call 201-891-1240.
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
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!