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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/11/2001
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This recording was made on Thursday, October 11. Highlights from the last week include NORTHERN WHEATEAR, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, COMMON EIDER, EURASIAN WIGEON, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and a bevy of sparrows.

A NORTHERN WHEATEAR was found on October 5 at Bivalve, along the Wetlands Restoration Site Nature Trail. Three MARBLED GODWITS were also present, and another was seen on Oct. 10 at Stone Harbor Point.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was reported from near Sunset Beach on October 6, but we have no details.

COMMON EIDERS have been seen from around Cape May Point since Sept. 30, with some reports of two birds and other reports of just one.

A EURASIAN WIGEON, first found on Oct. 3, continues to be present at Lighthouse Pond, Cape May Point State Park.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on October 11 at Hidden Valley.

Sparrows have arrived in Cape May. From the last week we have reports of CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on October 9th at Cape May Point State Park, on the 8th at Hidden Valley, and on the 7th and the 8th at Higbee Beach. LARK SPARROWS were seen at Reed's Beach and at Higbee Beach on October 9. LINCOLN'S SPARROW reports come from Hidden Valley and Higbee Beach on the 8th. Other sparrow sightings on Cape Island include NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED, WHITE-CROWNED, and VESPER.

The songbird migration continues to reward birders around Cape May. Reports from the last week include SEDGE WREN, BICKNELL'S THRUSH, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, DICKCISSEL, LEAST FLYCATCHER, and WINTER WREN.

A major raptor flight occurred on Sunday, October 7, when 1827 were counted from the hawkwatch, including 944 AMERICAN KESTRELS.

The Avalon Seawatch has tallied more than 78,000 birds in less than three weeks. Recent highlights include nearly 10,000 Black Scoters on October 9 and 17 PARASITIC JAEGERS on October 10. Loons, geese, and cormorants are all common now.

Note that the wildlife drive in Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (also called Brigantine) is expected to be closed on Wednesdays during the month of October.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org, or call our new natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to perpetuate and preserve the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609?884?2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558

 
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