Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/2/2003
Please note the important announcements herein.


You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, October 2, 2003. Highlights from the last week include BRIDLED TERN, SAYS PHOEBE, AMERICAN AVOCET, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLNS SPARROW, MARBLED GODWIT, SANDWICH TERN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, WESTERN KINGBIRD, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, and several important announcements regarding access to birding locations.

A BRIDLED TERN was seen from the Avalon Seawatch on Sept. 27th. A SAYS PHOEBE was found on Oct. 1st at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. An AMERICAN AVOCET was also seen at Brig on the 1st, and one was also reported here on Sept. 25th. Another AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at Bivalve on Sept. 30th. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at the Rea Farm on Sept. 29th. Another was at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on the 25th. A LINCOLNS SPARROW was at Higbee on the 29th.

Noteworthy birds found at Stone Harbor Point this week include 3 MARBLED GODWITS and 1 SANDWICH TERN on Sept. 27th, and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS on the 27th and the 29th. Six SANDWICH TERNS were found here on the 25th, along with 7 PIPING PLOVERS and 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

Highlights from the CMBO Morning Flight Project, conducted by the Higbee Dike, include WESTERN KINGBIRD and 3 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS on Sept. 29th, and totals of about 2000 warblers on the 29th and the 30th. Its been a great week at the hawkwatch, with a 3-day count, Sept., 29th Oct. 1st, of over 4500 raptors, including about 1500 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS and about 740 COOPERS HAWKS over the three days, and over 1100 AMERICAN KESTRELS just on the 29th.


Note that a phragmites control project at Cape May Point State Park and The Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (The Meadows) is due to begin on Monday, October 6th. Trails at both of these locations will be closed for an undetermined number of days; likely at least one full week. The hawkwatch and all areas in Cape May Point State Park are due to be closed for one day date currently undetermined, but likely during the week of Oct. 13th. Stay in contact with CMBO for the most current information on these closures, and adjustments to the CMBO programs that are forced by these closures.

Note that the free bridge connecting Nummys Island to south Stone Harbor is now closed until further notice for construction.

Note that the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is closed on Thursdays for the month of October.

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

Mark S. Garland
Senior Naturalist
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
(609) 884-2736

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