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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/24/2002
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 24, 2002. Highlights from the last week include SAY'S PHOEBE, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, EARED GREBE, ROSS' GOOSE, AMERICAN AVOCET, PARASITIC JAEGER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, MARBLED GODWIT, LARK SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and news of the migration.

A SAY'S PHOEBE was found at the old magnesite plant near Sunset Beach on Oct. 21st, but the bird has not be relocated.

A juvenile BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE has been frequenting areas around Cape May Point since Oct. 4th ; there were no reports of this bird from Oct. 18 to 22, but it was found again on Oct. 23rd, associating with Black Skimmers by the Second Avenue jetty in Cape May.

An EARED GREBE was seen at the Avalon Seawatch on Oct. 20th.

A ROSS' GOOSE was reported from the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on Oct. 18th and again on the 21st. An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen here on Oct. 22nd.

PARASITIC JAEGERS are still being seen almost every day from the Avalon Seawatch and from the Hawkwatch in Cape May Point; at least 15 individual birds were noted from the Hawkwatch on Oct. 23rd.

There has been significant movement of water birds this week, with tens of thousands of SCOTERS and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS counted from the Avalon Seawatch. Also seen this week were a WILSON'S PHALAROPE at the West Cape May Impoundments on Oct. 20th, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS on the beach in Avalon on Oct. 23rd, 2 COMMON MOORHENS at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The Meadows") Oct. 21st through 24th, 3 MARBLED GODWITS continuing throughout the week around the Hereford Inlet/Stone Harbor Point area, a HOODED MERGANSER at The Meadows (Oct. 22nd), and a PURPLE SANDPIPER arriving at the Avalon Seawatch on Oct. 24th.

The songbird migration is still in full swing. Sparrows have been abundant this week, with a LARK SPARROW in Cape May Point on Oct. 21st, 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS at Stone Harbor Point on Oct. 20th and 1 at Cape Island Creek on Oct. 21st, a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at the Hawkwatch on Oct.19th and 20th, "IPSWICH" race SAVANNAH SPARROWS at Stone Harbor Point on Oct. 23rd and at Two Mile Landing on Oct. 20th, SNOW BUNTING at Nummy's Island on Oct. 24th, LINCOLN'S SPARROW at the Rea Farm on Oct. 22nd and another at Stone Harbor Point on the 20th, and several reports of WHITE-CROWNED, SAVANNAH, and VESPER. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at Hidden Valley on Oct. 24th and on the 21st, and at the Rea Farm on Oct. 22nd. DICKCISSELS were in West Cape May and in Cape May Point on Oct. 21st and at the West Cape May Impoundments on Oct. 20th.

Other songbirds reported during the last week include WINTER WREN, WILSON'S WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, CAPE MAY WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, HERMIT THRUSH, BROWN CREEPER, PURPLE FINCH, and hundreds of EASTERN PHOEBES.

The Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is closed on Wednesdays in October. There is a pelagic trip scheduled out of Cape May on Friday, December 6. Cost is $90. Details are available at http://www.paulagics.com or by calling 215-234-6805.

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 our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, 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!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
mark@njaudubon.org

 
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