Date: 11/12/17 3:49 pm
From: Thomas W. Reed <coturnicops...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 12 Nov - Sedge Wren, Cave Swallows, ibis
A chilly morning slowly evolved into a seasonal late-fall day in Cape May,
with winds light and variable throughout. Temperatures bottomed out in the
mid-20s overnight, resulting in the first ice cover of the season on a
number of ponds. The previous night also produced a few migrating owls,
with at least one each of Saw-whet and Long-eared captured at the South
Cape May Meadows.

Cave Swallows have largely vanished from Cape May again, though at least
1-2 were at Cape May Pt. early this morning. There was a light but steady
early-AM movement of American Robins, blackbirds, Eastern Bluebirds, Cedar
Waxwings, American Pipits, and Yellow-rumped Warblers over w. Cape Island.
Also in the mix were at least 2 Purple Finches--now a daily occurrence
since about mid-week, a few Pine Siskins, and at least one Snow Bunting.
Snow Buntings were also detected at Avalon, where a decent waterbird
movement unfolded (5100 Black Scoters, 3700 Red-throated Loons, 1600
Gannets). Horned Grebe put in its first appearance of the season yesterday,
and an additional 6 were tallied today. Today's hawk flight was
unremarkable, but there was a single Broad-winged Hawk.

A Sedge Wren was found at the Garrett Family Preserve (formerly Cape Isl.
Creek Preserve). A Glossy/White-faced Ibis was seen several times at Cape
May Pt, generally poorly and at a distance. Other odds and ends included
Vesper Sparrow at the Magnesite Plant, Common Eider at Cape May Pt,
Lincoln's Sparrow at Hidden Valley, Nashville Warbler & Dickcissel at the
hawkwatch, and Orange-crowned Warbler at several locations. Thanks to those
who sent in reports through the day.


best,
tr


--
Tom Reed
Reed's Beach NJ
coturnicops at gmail dot com


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