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