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 6, 2003. Highlights from the last week include CAVE
SWALLOW, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, MARBLED GODWIT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN,
HARLEQUIN DUCK, COMMON EIDER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, DICKCISSEL, LARK SPARROW,
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and news of
A CAVE SWALLOW was seen from the Hawkwatch at Cape May Point State Park on
Oct. 31st, Nov 1st, and Nov. 4th.
The LONG-BILLED CURLEW was from the south end of Nummy Island (near the toll
bridge) on Oct. 31st, at low tide, and at Stone Harbor Point at high tide on
Nov. 1st, where there were also 3 MARBLED GODWITS. 10 MARBLED GODWITS and
18 BROWN PELICANS were seen around Nummy Island on Nov. 3rd, the Godwits
still present on the 4th.
Three AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen overhead from the Morning Flight
Project area at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on Oct. 31st. Six
AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were above Turkey Point, Cumberland County, on Nov.
It's been a dynamic week at the Avalon Seawatch, with over 79,000 birds
counted on Nov. 2nd. Highlights have included HARLEQUIN DUCK from 1 to 3
almost every day, 7 COMMON EIDERS on Nov. 2nd and 3rd, and 77,219 SURF
SCOTERS in the 3-day period Nov. 2 through 4. On Nov. 5th the Seawatch
tally for 2003 passed half a million birds.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen on Nov. 1st at Higbee. DICKCISSELS were found
at Higbee on Nov. 4th, along the active railroad tracks near West Cape May
on Nov. 1st. A LARK SPARROW was at Higbee on Nov. 2nd. A CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW was along the dunes next to Bunker Pond at Cape May Point State Park
on Oct. 31st and Nov. 2nd. A cooperative VESPER SPARROW was at the Park
Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were at the Rea Farm on
Nov. 1st and at Higbee on Nov. 2nd.
Lingering migrants seen around Cape May during the last week include
BROAD-WINGED HAWK, SCARLET TANAGER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, CAPE
MAY WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, RED-EYED VIREO, BLUE GROSBEAK, INDIGO
BUNTING, COMMON TERN, and SPOTTED SANDPIPER.
Please note that:the "free bridge" connecting Nummy Island to south Stone
Harbor is now closed until further notice at least until spring 2004 for
construction. Nummy can still be accessed from North Wildwood Blvd.
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://www.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