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reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of the New
Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory.
Highlights for the week ending Nov. 9, 1995 include
sightings of CAVE SWALLOW, SWAINSON'S HAWK, BLACK-HEADED
GULL, SEDGE WREN, KING EIDER, Hawkwatch and Seawatch news,
and nature notes.
A CAVE SWALLOW was seen from the Hawkwatch platform on Nov.
6; there have been no repeat sightings. An adult
light-morph SWAINSON'S HAWK was discovered on Nov. 8 at
Cape May Point; it was seen on and off all day today, Nov.
9. An immature light-morph SWAINSON'S HAWK was present Nov.
3-4 at various sites around the point. A first-winter
BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen as a fly-by at Stone Harbor
Point on Nov. 3. A SEDGE WREN was seen in the South Cape
May Meadows on Nov. 7. A KING EIDER flew by at the Seawatch
at Avalon on Nov. 6.
An incredible flight of AMERICAN ROBINS was seen on Nov.
4-5 after the passage of a strong cold front; literally
hundreds of thousands of Robins were seen. Also after the
front, 3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS and up to 6 VESPER SPARROWS
were seen at Higbee Beach; the Grasshoppers were still
there today, Nov. 9. VESPER SPARROWS were also seen this
week at Hidden Valley Ranch; two were there today. Other
sparrow highlights included a NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED
SPARROW (the inland race); a LINCOLN'S SPARROW and a
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, all at Higbee Beach Nov. 5.
Several DICKCISSELS were seen this week, one at Higbee
Beach Nov. 4-5, one at Cape May Point Nov. 6, one at South
Cape May Meadows on Nov. 7, and one on Sunset Blvd. at a
feeder on Nov. 9. A late WILSON'S WARBLER was at S. Cape
May Meadows Nov. 3; and a late BOBOLINK was at Hidden
Valley on Nov. 9.
We are in the third month of the CMBO Hawkwatch, staffed
this year by Andre Robinson; Jerry Ligouri and Ulf Koenig
are our education interns. This week's cold fronts were
excellent on Nov. 4-5, with 1300 and 1600 birds
respectively. Highlights included: 7 BALD EAGLES & 1 GOLDEN
EAGLE Nov. 4; 4 BALD & 4 GOLDEN Nov. 6; and 2 BALD & 2
GOLDEN Nov. 8. Already mentioned were the 2 SWAINSON'S
HAWKS this week. Two to four NORTHERN GOSHAWKS have been
seen daily since Nov. 3; and a sprinkling of falcons is
still being seen.
The CMBO Seawatch at the north end of Avalon is staffed by
Dave Ward, Clay Sutton, Mike O'Brien, Fred Mears. Again,
mind-boggling flights of SCOTERS, sea ducks and cormorants
passed this week. Thousands of NORTHERN GANNETS are passing
daily now. Some highlights: 2 RED-NECKED GREBE and a KING
EIDER Nov. 6; an a major COMMON LOON movement Nov. 8.
Owl watchers continue to enjoy good weather and flights.
Watchers at the South Cape May Meadows during the last
half-hour of dusk saw 5-6 large owls (LONG-EARED or
SHORT-EARED OWLS) Nov. 5 and 13 on Nov. 6, along with 4
AMERICAN BITTERNS. Later, countless songbirds could be seen
passing in front of the full moon, a calling BARN OWL flew
over, and a SAW-WHET OWL called twice. A roosting SAW-WHET
OWL was found in the dunes near Town Bank Nov. 5. A
SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at dawn Nov. 6 over Cape May
Point; the same day, the Seawatch picked up two Short-ears
offshore. The Owl banding project banded 7 owls Nov. 4, and
18 Nov. 5.
Local nature notes:
The first TUNDRA SWANS passed over Nov. 4, steady since.
Cold fronts triggered a major movement of AM. WOODCOCK,
with dozens in the woods Nov. 4. Nov. 9 one Woodcock spent
the day in CMBO's garden. Many BLUEBIRDS are moving. A few
MONARCHS and on Nov. 5 two RED ADMIRALS were the only
butterflies reported. The warm weather Nov. 2 triggered an
influx of GREEN DARNER dragonflies into Cumberland County,
with hundreds of individuals; they never were seen in Cape
May County, however.
[program information deleted--LL] 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
office at 609-884-2736 or a send a request for info to
CMBO, P.O. Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you are in
the area, do not hesitate to visit our headquarters and
growing birding bookstore at 707 E. Lake Dr., Cape May
Point. We're open 9-5 every day but Monday.
The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service
of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from
Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent
areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if
warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L.
Larson (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.