Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/4/2004
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 http://www.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!

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