Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/1/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Sunday October 1. Highlights this week include sightings of CONNECTICUT WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, MISSISSIPPI KITE, SUMMER TANAGER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO and WHITE-WINGED DOVE.

Please excuse the lack of hotline coverage in the last weeks. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused. This weeks' hotline will cover mostly the week of 9/23-9/30.

There have been a few good flights of both songbirds and hawks in the last week. At least 23 species of warbler have been reported in the Cape May area and hawks flights totaling over 8,000 birds for the week.

As a side note, the weather forecast looks very promising for the latter half of the week to bring yet a few more stellar days of birding to the Cape May area.

On 9/26 both the daily BALD EAGLE and COOPERS HAWK count records were broken with 39 and 1231 birds being counted respectively.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was spotted from the hawkwatch yesterday 9/30.

The songbird flights have produced a number of birds with at least two CONNECTICUT WARBLERS being seen yesterday 9/30 at Higbee's Beach WMA. Also the species was seen on 9/27, at Higbee's.

The cedars at the picnic shelter next to the hawkwatch platform have been a bevy of activity in terms of warblers. CAPE MAY WARBLERS have been seen that last few days in this location as well as at Higbee's yesterday 9/30.

SUMMER TANAGERS have made a few appearances in the last week. One was reported from the Villas WMA (Ponderlodge) yesterday 9/30 as well at Higbee's, also one bird seen on 9/26.

Also at the Villas WMA on 9/26 was one GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER

There were a number of RED-EYED VIREOS in the woods yesterday as well, a number of reports of PHILADELPHIA VIREOS from Higbee's.

Lastly, there have been no further reports of the WHITE-WINGED DOVE that was seen on 9/25 and 9/26 from North Wildwood.


Note that The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (aka South Cape May Meadows) is still currently closed as of the writing of this hotline, for resource management work. For further information on the closures please direct calls to The Nature Conservancy at 609-861-0600

CMBO's bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point has returned to a 7 day a week schedule, open 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open everyday except Wednesdays (during October), 9-4:30.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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