Friday, November 14, 2008

Cape May Birding Hotline November 13, 2008

Hotline: Cape May Birding Hotline
To Report: call (609) 884-2736, or email
Coverage: Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic Counties , NJ
Compiler: David Lord, Cape May Bird Observatory with additions by Don Freiday

This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Thursday, November 13, 2008. Highlights this week include sightings of THICK-BILLED MURRE, GOLDEN EAGLE, NORTHERN GANNET, SEDGE WREN, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, CAVE SWALLOW, ROSS’S GOOSE, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW AND GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, PINE SISKIN, PURPLE FINCH and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO.

An injured THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen off St. Mary's jetty in Cape May point on Friday, November 7.

14 GOLDEN EAGLES were counted on Monday November 10, 2008, from the Cape May Hawkwatch, a new record. 16,946 NORTHERN GANNETS were seen at the Avalon Seawatch on Tuesday, November 11, also a new single day record, which was then shattered again with 21,627 on Wednesday, November 12. A RAZORBILL was also recorded at the Seawatch on Tuesday.

A SEDGE WREN was still present at Higbee's Beach as of November 12, along the west path of the first field.

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at the Villas Wildlife Management Area on Sunday November 9.

An immature ROSS’S GOOSE was observed on Monday November 10, at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

CAVE SWALLOWS continue to be seen at Cape May State Point Park and around Cape May, with up to 100 at the Cape May City beach front on the 11th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen near the Cape May Hawkwatch on Monday, November 10.

On Tuesday, November 11, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at the beginning of the second field at Higbee's Beach WMA.

Small groups of PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES continue to be heard overhead daily around Cape May. A late BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was found at Cape Island Preserve Thursday, November 13.


Room remains on CMBO's “Delaware Waterfowl Special” workshop December 22-23. Contact CMBO 609.861.0700 for details or visit

A Pelagic Trip has been scheduled for December 7, 2008 from 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM, call 215.234.6085 or see for details.

CMBO is offering a special to new and upgraded membership renewals. Join CMBO for the first time or upgrade from Individual or Family to The Hundred and receive Charley Harper's Migration Mainline- Cape May lithograph poster, valued at $50. Call either CMBO center to ask an associate about joining today!

******CMBO Bookstore FALL HOURS (starting September 1) are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open 7 days a week, 9:30am to 4:30pm. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30am to 4:30pm; closed Mondays.******

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 Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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