Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/13/2005
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, October 13. This past weeks mostly nonstop rain put a damper on hawk and passerine flights but succeeded in directing quite a few shorebirds into the region, notably -- BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 30 MARBLED GODWITS at Stone Harbor Point on October 11. Also found there was 1 LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS.

The South Cape May Meadows continues to host a couple odozen STILT SANDPIPERS along with 10 or so LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and a handful PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (in addition to snipe, AMERICAN BITTERN, and COMMON MOORHEN and perhaps 15,000 TREE SWALLOWS).

At Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, (Brigantine) there were 7 MARBLED GODWIT, 10-15 HUDSONIANS, GOLDEN PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and assorted other peep--all these on October 11. Also at Brig, October 12, an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN.

At the Hawkwatch in Cape May Point State Park, there was a very good SHARP-SHINNED HAWK flight on October 12 (presumably in the morning). Also at the hawkwatch is a DICKCISSEL, LINCOLNS SPARROW, and all swallow species except Purple Martin (and Cave Swallow). As many as 10-12 PARASITIC JAEGERS have been haunting the rips, visible from strategic points around Cape May Point and BROWN PELICANS continue to be seen off and on.

Passerines have been predicably hard to find. Sightings in Higbee Beach (and elsewhere include NASHVILLE, AMERICAN REDSTART, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACKPOLL, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, BLACK-AND-WHITE, N. PARULA, PALM, YELLOW-RUMPED and CONNECTICUT

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory. For more current information and details relating to these sightings and others stop by the Northwood Center in Cape May Point or the Center for Research and Education in Goshen and check the bird sighting sheets. You can also pick up a birding map, checklists, and information relating to our programs and events (daily walks and workshops), as well as registration information for the annual Cape May Autumn Weekend / THE Bird Show (slated for October 27-29). For additional information call 609-884-2736 or 609-861-0700. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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