Date: 11/6/17 6:23 pm From: Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 6 Nov - unseasonal songbirds, Hudsonian Godwit
A growing collection of unseasonal songbirds made for an interesting Monday in and around Cape May. At least 9 species of warblers were detected today, headlined by a Prairie at Stone Harbor, a Black-and-white at Higbee, and a Northern Parula at the South Cape May Meadows. Non-warbler notables included a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting at Higbee, along with a/the Yellow-billed Cuckoo at the Rea Farm. This event appeared to be more conspicuous along the north shore and at Sandy Hook, where the day's songbird list was quite impressive. Less exceptional but still interesting was the small collection of Orange-crowned Warblers noted today; 3 were found along the dune path at Stone Harbor Pt. this afternoon.
Waterbirds did not feature as prominently today, though there was an obvious arrival of Northern Gannets-- at least 2000 were present at Cape May Pt. during the early-AM, along with 10+ Parasitic Jaegers in the "rips." A couple Common Terns were also there, as were 600+ Royal Terns, a robust total for the date. A Common Eider exited Delaware Bay not long after sunrise.
Other odds and ends included a Hudsonian Godwit and Cliff Swallow both westbound past Cape May Pt. this morning, a Dickcissel at the Garrett Family Preserve (formerly Cape Isl. Creek Preserve), Sora, Virginia Rail, American Bittern, and Redhead at the South Cape May Meadows, a Chimney Swift over West Cape May, and a few dozen Rusty Blackbirds flying around Cape Island during the early-AM.
-- Tom Reed Reed's Beach NJ coturnicops at gmail dot com