You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was
prepared on Thursday, October 9, 2003. Highlights from the last week
include SAYS PHOEBE, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, ROSS
GOOSE, MARBLED GODWIT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, COMMON EIDER, PARASITIC JAEGER,
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL,
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLNS SPARROW, news of the migration, and
several important announcements regarding access to
A SAYS PHOEBE was seen flying past the Cape May Hawkwatch on Oct. 5th,
but never relocated.
2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and a ROSS GOOSE were found at the
Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on Oct.
3 MARBLED GODWITS were seen from the north end of Nummy Island on Oct.
8th, and 8 were seen near Hereford Inlet from the Skimmer
boat trip on the 5th. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen from the Skimmer in
Jarvis Sound on Oct. 6th.
2 COMMON EIDERS were seen from the Avalon Seawatch on Oct. 7th. 1 or 2
PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen here each day this week.
Seabird numbers are increasing, with an average of over 4000/day counted
from the Seawatch during the last week. An adult LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen Oct. 8th at 48th St. in Avalon, and one was
at The Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge
on the 5th.
Individual CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were seen Oct. 8th from the Morning
Flight Project Platform at Higbee, in the fields at Higbee on
the 6th, and along the dunes at Cape May Point State Park on the 4th.
LINCOLNS SPARROWS were found at Higbee on the 6th and at the
Rea Farm on the 5th.
Songbird migration is in transition, with both tropical and temperate
migrants being seen around Cape May. Birds seen during the last week
include recent arrivals such as DARK-EYED JUNCO, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW,
WINTER WREN, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
along with species bound for the tropics: HOODED WARBLER,
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, LEAST FLYCATCHER, RUBY-THROATED
HUMMINGBIRD, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and DICKCISSEL.
Please note that:
the phragmites control project at Cape May Point State Park and The
Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (The
Meadows) is on hold and there will be no closures in these areas this
the free bridge connecting Nummys Island to south Stone Harbor is
now closed until further notice for construction.
the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is
closed on Thursdays for the month of October.
The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird
walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and
programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy
of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office
during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and
events hotline at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE
This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird
Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of
Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the
ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these
goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May
County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties.
Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings
of rare or unusual birds to CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736,
or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling
and GOOD BIRDING!
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212