Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/8/2001
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This recording was made on Thursday, November 8. Highlights from the last week include ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, CAVE SWALLOW, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, RED CROSSBILL, COMMON EIDER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Rea Farm near the Beanery parking area on Nov. 4. An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was also seen on Nov. 7 at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area.

At least 2 CAVE SWALLOWS were seen from the Hawkwatch at Cape May Point State Park on Nov. 5 and 6, and a single CAVE SWALLOW was seen at the Rea Farm on Nov. 8.

Irruptive species from the north are being frequently seen at Cape May, many reported as fly-overs. 4 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at Cape May Point on Nov. 8, and 1 was over the Point on Nov. 6. Single COMMON REDPOLLS were seen on Nov. 8 at Cape May Point and at Higbee. 12 RED CROSSBILLS were seen Nov. 3 over Lighthouse Pond, Cape May Point State Park. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, PINE SISKIN, PURPLE FINCH, and EVENING GROSBEAK are being regularly seen.

COMMON EIDERS continue to be seen on and off from the Avalon Seawatch and along the coast at Cape May Point, most recently a single bird from the Seawatch on Nov. 5 and one off the jetty by the concrete ship in Cape May Point on Nov. 4.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found in Cape May Point on Nov. 5 and at Hidden Valley on Nov. 3.

A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen Nov.1 from the Avalon Seawatch.

A HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen Nov. 7 from the Avalon Seawatch.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen Nov. 4 at the Rea Farm.

SEDGE WREN and both SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were found at Two Mile Landing on Nov. 2.

Migrant owls are still on the move through Cape May, LONG-EARED OWLS and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS have been found roosting at Cape May Point State Park, and both LONG-EARED OWL and SHORT-EARED OWL have been observed at dusk from the South Cape May Meadows.

Migration at Cape May continues to feature a mix of early season and late season migrants. BLACKPOLL WARBLER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BANK SWALLOW, and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER were all recorded, as were FOX SPARROW, WINTER WREN, and VESPER SPARROW.

We have no reports this week of the EURASIAN WIGEON at Cape May Point State Park.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org, or call our new natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466.

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 hotline. 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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558

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