Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/6/1997

Posted to Bird_RBA, 7 Nov 97 Noon:

A bird now believed to be BROWN-CHESTED MARTIN, Progne tapera, is present at Cape May Point NJ near the "gingerbread church" (Lincoln Ave., I believe). The bird was found yesterday and was first identified as a Purple Martin but was re-identified today. It is being seen, according to CMBO, along with a Swift & some Barn Swallows. This will be the first NJ record if accepted by the NJBRC.

A coastal storm is developing and is expected to affect the state during most of the weekend.

CMBO will post updates at their web site and on the phone hotline over the weekend: (609) 861-0466 http://www.njaudubon.org/Sightings/CapeMay.html Also check the NJ Bird Mailbox for updates (908) 647-2357 -LL --------------------------------------------

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 6 include sightings of NORTHERN SHRIKE, LARK SPARROW, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, local nature notes, and news of our upcoming programs and field trips.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Hidden Valley Ranch on November 3, but there have been no repeat sightings since.

A LARK SPARROW was present in fields in the Cape May Point State Park on November 2, and was seen there again on November 5.

A KING EIDER was present in the inlet at the Avalon Seawatch most of this week.

A COMMON EIDER was seen at the Concrete Ship on November 2.

The EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen on either Lily Lake or on Bunker Pond in the Cape May Point State Park. On November 5 a hybrid AMERICAN WIGEON x EURASIAN WIGEON male was discovered on Bunker Pond and was still present on the 6th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Higbee Beach on November 5.

A very late PURPLE MARTIN was found on November 6, seen mainly near the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM).

Other late migrants at Higbee Beach on November 5 included NASHVILLE WARBLERS, PRAIRIE WARBLERS and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS.

A few EVENING GROSBEAKS have been heard flying over at various places around the Cape this week.

Davy's Lake, on the beach between Cape May Point and Higbee Beach, had two CANVASBACKS and a REDHEAD on November 6.

The Hawkwatch to date has tallied over 75,000 raptors. Four GOSHAWKS were tallied on November 4, with an excellent late total of 28 MERLINS; and a GOLDEN EAGLE was seen there on November 5. The hawkwatch will run through Thanksgiving; this year's team is Jerry Liquori, Pete Dunne on Tuesdays, Vince Elia on Wednesdays.

CMBO's fulltime Seawatch at the north end of Avalon, 7th Street and the beach, is manned this season by Bill Seng, Fred Mears, and Dave Ward, along with our Education Intern, James Paolino, and Gail Dwyer on weekends. PARASITIC JAEGER numbers were incredible this week with a total of 62 tallied. October 31 had a record total of 21. Eight BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES were also seen this week. The big push of RED-THROATED LOONS has yet to occur. Additionally, about 30 PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen around Cape May and Cape May Point on the 1st.

Katy Duffy has again journeyed to Cape May from her home & job in Wyoming and began banding migrant owls this week. She caught & released her first SAW-WHET OWL the night of October 28th and has learned that Assateaque to the south of us banded 11 Saw-whet Owls the week before on October 23.

Local Nature Notes follow: A decent late movement of MONARCHS was noted on November 5, with small but steady numbers passing the hawkwatch most of the day. Over 30 were noted in a Wild Mustard field in West Cape May on November 3. A few RED ADMIRALS and COMMON BUCKEYES continue to be seen, as well as one or two CLOUDLESS SULPHURS. Good numbers of GREEN DARNER dragonflies were present at both Higbee Beach and Hidden Valley Ranch on October 31.

The Cape May Bird Observatory now has two centers of activity. Our new Center for Research & Education in Goshen is located at 600 Route 47 North, either 1 mile south of the traffic light at Rt. 657 or 1.7 miles north of the Gulf Station in Goshen. From either direction we are just around a bend. Look for the split rail fence, brand new sign, large parking lot, and big new building beyond. This center features gardens and a meadow for wildlife, feeding stations, nature store, and an wildlife art gallery in "The Loft" on our second floor, featuring the work of some of the Bayshore's finest artists, photographer, and carvers. The Center is open daily 10-5, and "The Loft" art gallery is open weekends (Fri, Sat, and Sun). CMBO's Northwood Center now has more space than ever devoted to our growing birding book store and birding information. It is also open daily, 10-5.

The Cape May Bird Observatory's Program Schedule offers morning bird walks on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, an evening bird walk each Friday, and a Seabird ID Mini-workshop on Saturday November 8. Special upcoming preregistration programs include a Family Program on Weeds & Seeds on November 8, a field trip to the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge's Great Cedar Swamp Division on November 8, a Gull ID Workshop & Walk on November 15th, a Champagne Island Cruise for Fall Migrants on November 15th, a "Waterfowl Cruise" on November 22nd, a "Binoculars & Spotting Scopes Workshop" on November 29, and a 2-day "Bird Watching For Beginners Course" on November 29-30. Our next Member's Night will feature a program by Katy Duffy on "Cape May's Owl Migration," on Wednesday evening, November 19th at 7:30 p.m. ALL ARE WELCOME! Stop by either center to pick up the fall issue of the Kestrel Express, to learn of all our programs or call us at 609-861-0700.

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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory, call our new Center for Research & Education at 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. If you are in the area do not hesitate to visit our 2 birding bookstores. The Northwood Center in Cape May Point at 701 E. Lake Drive in Cape May Point and the Center for Research & Education in Goshen, both 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!

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