The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's
Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Friday
December 14, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER, BARNACLE GOOSE, CAVE SWALLOW, TUNDRA SWAN, CANVASBACK, LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL, SNOW BUNTING, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and RED
CROSSBILL, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, COMMON EIDER, ORANGE
CROWNED WARBLER and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK.
For more up to the minute Cape May sightings information check the "View
from the Cape" section of http://www.BirdCapeMay.org
The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER which had been in TNC's Cape Island Preserve,
along the railroad tracks at the end of Wilson St.; was refound on 12/8.
The bird was observed at the back side of the Cape Island Preserve property
well to the east and slightly north of where the bird had been originally
found. There have been no further reports of this bird since 12/8.
Yesterday, 12/13, 2 CAVE SWALLOWS were seen flying over the Cape May Point
State Park, toward the end of the blue trail.
On 12/8 the BARNACLE GOOSE was seen for a few hours on Lake Lily in Cape May
Point. There have been no further reports of this species since 12/8.
Originally reported on 12/8 and continuing through 12/13, a TUNDRA SWAN has
been on Lake Lily along with a variety of other waterfowl species.
A female CANVASBACK was found on Lake Lily, yesterday, 12/13.
A first winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found yesterday, 12/13, on the
beach at TNC's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (CMMBR).
Continuing to grow in size, the flock of SNOW BUNTINGS which are being found
between TNC's CMMBR and the Cape May Point State Park, now totals
approximately 100 individuals. The group was seen yesterday,
12/13 in the vicinity of the border between the Cape May Point State Park
and TNC's CMMBR. Additionally, a single LAPLAND LONGSPUR , originally found
on 12/8, continues to be associating with this group.
On 12/13, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was spotted soaring over TNC's CMMBR.
Lastly, a RED CROSSBILL was found on the Cape May Coast Guard Base on 12/7.
While the Coast Guard Base is in accessible to the general public, this
species could be found in any part of the county.
Edit: Seen this morning, 12/14, at the Cape May Point State Park as
flyovers, were; 7 RED CROSSBILLS, one WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL and one COMMON
REDPOLL. Also seen at the state park were two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 3
TREE SWALLOWS and one COMMON EIDER.
Also, a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen at a private feeder in West Cape May
in the last couple of days.
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The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape
May, Cumberland, and AtlanticCounties. Updates are made weekly.
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