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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/7/2002
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 Thursday, November 7, 2002. Highlights from the last week include CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, CAVE SWALLOW, DICKCISSEL, SHORT-EARED OWL, NORTHERN GANNET, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, WESTERN WILLET, and news of the migration.

A CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD made brief appearances at a home in Linwood on Nov. 1st through the 5th, but it has not been seen since the 5th.

A CAVE SWALLOW flew past the Hawkwatch at Cape May Point at about 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 7th.

A cooperative DICKCISSEL was seen daily in front of the Hawkwatch from Oct. 27 through the Nov. 5th.

SHORT-EARED OWLS were reported from Jakes Landing on Nov. 2, from the Hawkwatch on Nov. 3rd, and from The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The Meadows") Nov. 1 and 4.

NORTHERN GANNETS have been very abundant around Cape May this week, with many viewed close to shore from the Cape May Point Hawk Watch on Nov. 2nd and 4th, excellent counts from the Avalon Seawatch (nearly 6,000 on the 4th), and several reports of GANNETS flying over land.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Hidden Valley on Nov. 1st, a late NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was seen at the Rea Farm on the same date, and a late PINE WARBLER was in Cape May Point, also on the 1st.

Absecon Inlet held 50 WESTERN WILLETS, 25 BLACK SKIMMERS, at least 7 MARBLED GODWITS, and a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER on Nov. 5th.

The autumn migration is moving into its late stages. Birds reported several times during the last week from areas around Cape May include AMERICAN PIPIT, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, WILSON'S SNIPE, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, SNOW BUNTING, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

Lingering songbirds include BLACKPOLL WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, BARN SWALLOW, BLUE GROSBEAK, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, BOBOLINK, and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO.

Waterfowl are moving into their usual haunts all around South Jersey, and the raptor migration continues to bring decent numbers and excellent diversity through Cape May, with about 3500 raptors counted during the last week, including several GOLDEN EAGLES and NORTHERN GOSHAWKS.

The previously announced pelagic trip scheduled for Friday, December 6 has been cancelled.

New Jersey Audubon Society and the Cape May Bird Observatory would like to thank all the volunteers that helped make our 56th annual Cape May Autumn Weekend a huge success.

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
mark@njaudubon.org

 
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