Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/14/2004
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, October 14th. Highlights from the last week include LONG-TAILED JAEGER, POMARINE JAEGER, PARASITIC JAEGER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and news of the migration.

This fall's elusive first-year LONG-TAILED JAEGER showed up for the CMBO walk at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge on Oct. 11th. A probable POMARINE JAEGER was seen from Cape May Point State Park on the 12th. Multiple PARASITIC JAEGERS continue to be seen daily from shore areas around Cape May Point

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on Oct. 12th.

A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was seen on Oct. 11th near St. Mary's in Cape May Point. Four MARBLED GODWITS and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were at Stone Harbor Point on the same day. The GODWITS were also seen on the 13th and on the 8th, when 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were also seen (one was found again on the 13th). Four LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 18 "WESTERN" WILLETS were also at Stone Harbor Point on Oct. 13th. Single flyover AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were recorded on Oct. 10th at the Hawk Watch at Cape May Point State Park and at the Morning Flight Project, Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area (Higbee Dike), and one was seen on a beach at Cape May Point on the 13th. Seven LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and a STILT SANDPIPER were at the Coast Guard Ponds along Ocean Dr. on Oct. 8th. As many as 5 GREAT CORMORANTS continue to linger around the Concrete Ship at Sunset Beach.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found along the railroad tracks that lead north from West Cape May on Oct. 9th, and one was at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on the 10th. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Higbee on Oct. 11th. PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were seen at the Rea Farm on Oct. 7th, 8th, and 9th, and at Hidden Valley on the 8th and the 9th. Single VESPER SPARROWS were seen at Higbee on Oct. 12th and at Hidden Valley on the 12th and the 13th. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen at Hidden Valley on Oct. 9th, and two were here on the 13th, when another was at the Hawk Watch platform, one was at Stone Harbor Point, and one was along Seagrove Ave. Two NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS and two SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROW shared the marsh at Two Mile Landing, Ocean Dr., on Oct. 13th. Two DICKCISSELS were at Higbee on the 13th.

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 CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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