Please note the important announcements herein.
CAPE MAY BIRDING HOTLINE October 2, 2003
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
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
Mark S. Garland
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212