Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/10/2003
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 birding locations.

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. 6th.

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 fall.

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 at http://www.njaudubon.org

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New 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
Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
(609) 884-2736

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