Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/25/2001
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 25. Highlights from the last week include EURASIAN WIGEON, "GAMBEL'S" WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Everything could change since a major cold front is due to arrive late today.

A EURASIAN WIGEON, first found on Oct. 3, continues to be present at Cape May Point State Park, usually at Lighthouse Pond but seen on Bunker Pond on Oct. 21.

A GAMBEL'S RACE WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen Oct. 19 and again Oct. 21 at Cape May Point State Park.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen Oct. 22 at Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area.

LINCOLN'S SPARROW reports come from West Cape May and from Hidden Valley Oct. 19th.

DICKCISSELS were noted Oct. 23 at Hidden Valley and Oct. 20 at Reed's Beach and at the Rea Farm.

VESPER SPARROWS were noted at Hidden Valley Oct. 23 and 2 birds at Cape May Point State Park on Oct. 19.

2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found Oct. 21 on the beach at the end of the east path, South Cape May Meadows. One LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen Oct. 25 just north of Sunset Beach.

On Oct. 23, birders at Bivalve, in Cumberland County, found 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 4 "Western" WILLETS, 2 MARBLED GODWITS, and 3 HUDSONIAN GODWITS, one of which was taken by a PEREGRINE FALCON. One HUDSONIAN GODWIT and one AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER were reported from Brigantine on Oct. 22.

A PIPING PLOVER was seen in Wildwood Crest on Oct. 23.

The week's largest hawk flight occurred on Oct. 18, when 1,076 hawks were tallied from the Cape May Hawk Watch, 730 being SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS.

27,000 SCOTERS were counted from the Avalon Seawatch Oct. 23 and 24, and 11 PARASITIC JAEGERS were noted on Oct. 20 and again on Oct. 21. Three more PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen from Cape May Point on Oct. 22.

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 WILSON'S WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, WOOD THRUSH, and BLUE GROSBEAK. Recent arrivals include RUSTY BLACKBIRD, VESPER SPARROW, PURPLE FINCH, EVENING GROSBEAK, WINTER WREN, and PINE SISKIN.

Note that the wildlife drive in Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (also called Brigantine) will 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 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!

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