Date: 11/9/17 6:26 pm From: Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 9 Nov - White-winged Dove, Cave Swallows, Goshawk
Thursday was mild and relatively calm, with a sea breeze developing during the late morning. Migrants were evident on radar during the previous night, though many of these birds appeared to be moving on a NE->SW trajectory and today's morning flight was fairly limited at Cape May Point. Still, a few thousand American Robins were over the Point this AM, along with assorted late-season migrants (blackbirds, E. Bluebird, Am. Pipit, Yellow-rumped Warbler) and at least one Dickcissel. Notable was a single Purple Finch that flew over during the early-AM; the species has been quite scarce here this fall. A few Cave and Barn swallows were still present at the Point this morning. Today's hawk flight was fairly light, as might be expected on e/se winds, but still featured a Northern Goshawk and a Broad-winged Hawk.
Waterbird migration continues at a solid clip. The Avalon Seawatch tacked on another 27,000 birds today, perhaps highlighted by an obvious arrival of Red-throated Loons (1500+), 30 Tundra Swans, 24 Common Eiders, and a couple Common Terns. On the other side of the peninsula Bonaparte's Gulls moved south out of Delaware Bay, with 500+ seen from Cape May Point during the AM. Several Parasitic Jaegers were again detected in the rips, along with 3 lingering Black Skimmers.
The White-winged Dove was seen again today along Seagrove Ave in Cape May Point. Other odds and ends included continuing Clay-colored Sparrow and Orange-crowned Warbler at the Rea Farm, White-eyed and Red-eyed vireos at Higbee Beach, Indigo Bunting at Cape May Pt. State Park, and Baltimore Oriole along New England Road. Dozens of Monarchs could still be found at Cape May Pt. this morning--some crossing the bay toward Delaware, others hanging out in the dunes.
As always, a big thank-you to all the observers who shared sightings through the day.
-- Tom Reed Reed's Beach NJ coturnicops at gmail dot com