Date: 11/12/17 5:06 pm From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Thank you Thomas !! Re: [JERSEYBI] Cape May, 12 Nov - Sedge Wren, Cave Swallows, ibis
Thank you Thomas Reed for the "birding-going-on-down at Cape May".
Although bit late, I will contribute Keith Phillips and my birding day at Helford Inlet at Wildwood and some birding down at Cape Island on 11-10-2017.
Just before high tide at Helford Inlet at North Wildwood (Helford Inlet Light House beach at Central and Spruce Avenue), Keith and I lucked out on a shorebird flock that contained 100 or more red knots.
Luckily, I was able to capture one odd size shorebird in flight that did not fit nice into the flight ID of red knots, dunlins or sanderlings.
My photo reminds me of page 282 of Shorebird Guide. I know this is crazy. It just could be a photo lie and just another red knot.
Yong Kong Camden County
-----Original Message----- From: Thomas W. Reed Sent: Sunday, November 12, 2017 6:49 PM To: <JERSEYBI...> 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