Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/12/2000
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending October 12 include WHITE PELICAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

Two AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were over Bivalve, Cumberland County on October 9. There have been no further reports.

The EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen on ponds around Cape May Point. Bunker Pond, Lighthouse Pond, and the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) are all places to check.

Other highlights this week included: RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Higbee Beach on October 6, COMMON EIDER at 106th St. in Stone Harbor on the 6th, four MARBLED GODWITS and 25 WESTERN WILLETS at Stone Harbor Point on the 6th, and 30 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, three CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Higbee Beach on the 8th.

Warbler diversity is on the wane, with the arrival of hordes of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. Still, a few BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS, NASHVILLE WARBLERS, BLACKPOLL WARBLERS, NORTHERN PARULAS (and other typically late warblers) are being seen. The sparrow season is also well under way with a good flight of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS on the 12th. CHIPPING, SWAMP, WHITE-THROATED, SONG, and FIELD SPARROWS have all arrived in numbers, and a few LINCOLN'S SPARROWS have been seen.

The big PEREGRINE FALCON push came this past week at the Cape May Hawk Count with 217 seen on the 6th.

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. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point.

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!

Vincent J. Elia
Research Associate
Cape May Bird Observatory
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, N. J., 08210

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