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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/6/2003
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 the migration.

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. 3rd.

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
mark@njaudubon.org

 
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