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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/26/2000
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending October 26 include ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, EURASIAN WIGEON, SEDGE WREN, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen for a short time at Higbee Beach on October 22, but there were no follow-up sightings.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was a fly-over with a flock of CANADA GEESE at Cape May Point on October 20, all heading for Delaware.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE reported earlier in the season continues along Bay Point Road near Cedarville, Cumberland County.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was in the area of 2nd Avenue jetty on October 22.

The male Eurasian Wigeon resurfaced this week on the east side of the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM), seen on October 21.

A SEDGE WREN spent two days at Hidden Valley Ranch the 20th and 21st. No sightings since.

Up to three VESPER SPARROWS were seen regularly this week in the overgrown pumpkin patch at the Beanery. A few VESPER SPARROWS were also seen at Hidden Valley Ranch.

Other highlights this week included: ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and BLUE GROSBEAK at Hidden Valley on October 20, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and PURPLE FINCH at Higbee Beach on the 20th, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK along Sea Grove Avenue on the 20th, Yellow-billed Cuckoo at West Cape May on the 20th, MARBLED GODWIT at Heislerville, Cumberland County on the 21st, two WHIMBREL at Stone Harbor Point on the 21st, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Hidden Valley on the 22nd, LAPLAND LONGSPUR at 2nd Avenue on the 22nd, PRAIRIE WARBLER at West Cape May on the 23rd, and NORTHERN PARULA and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER at Higbee Beach on the 23rd.

On October 25, Stone Harbor Point held a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, 500 RED KNOTS, 15 WESTERN WILLETS, 40 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, 12 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and a GREAT CORMORANT.

As of October 25 over 150,000 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS and over 175,000 scoter had been tallied at the Avalon Sea Watch. Other totals to date include 116 PARASITIC JAEGERS, two COMMON EIDERS, and two BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES. The Northern Gannet and Red-throated Loon flights are just getting started.

At the Cape May Hawk Count, the falcon flight is about over, and the buteo flight is about to begin. An early ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK passed on the 24th.

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. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point.

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 142 Moore St., Princeton 08540.

 
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