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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/18/2001
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 18. Highlights from the last week include COMMON EIDER, EURASIAN WIGEON, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and GREAT CORMORANT.

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. Our most recent report is of 2 this morning off the jetty at the end of Whillden Ave.

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

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen Oct. 18 at Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area, Oct. 16 in West Cape May, and Oct. 14 at Higbee.

CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were recorded from Higbee on Oct. 14th and 18th.

LINCOLN'S SPARROW reports come from Higbee on Oct. 12th, 13th, and 18th.

5 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were found with the more common Short-billed Dowitchers at the Coast Guard Ponds, south of Wildwood Crest, on Oct. 12.

A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was reported from Brigantine on Oct. 16, and five were reported from Bivalve on Oct. 14, when 2 MARBLED GODWITS were also present. A single MARBLED GODWIT has been seen repeatedly at Stone Harbor Point. Other shorebirds at Brigantine on the 16th include LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, and more than 40 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. Two STILT SANDPIPERS were reported from Lily Lake, Cape May Point, on Oct. 17.

GREAT CORMORANT was reported Oct. 13 from the Concrete Ship at Sunset Beach and from Nummy's Island. Two or three GREAT CORMORANTS have also been seen from the Avalon Seawatch 4 days over the last week. More than 26,000 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were counted from the Seawatch between Oct. 15 and 17. Fifteen PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen from the Seawatch on Oct. 14; and one or more of these birds are being seen from the Seawatch almost every day.

Songbird migration at Cape May continues to feature a mix of early season and late season migrants. Neotropical migrants reported during the last week include CONNECTICUT WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, LEAST FLYCATCHER, and PHILADELPHIA VIREO.

Recent arrivals include PURPLE FINCH, PINE SISKIN, HERMIT THRUSH, FOX SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO. We have received several reports of fly-over DICKCISSELS, CHIMNEY SWIFTS, and AMERICAN PIPITS.

AMERICAN BITTERN, LEAST BITTERN, SORA, GLOSSY IBIS, and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON continue to be seen at the South Cape May Meadows, more properly known as The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge.

The top MERLIN flight of the year occurred on Oct. 17, when 154 were counted from the hawkwatch.

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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