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
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