Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/28/2004
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, October 28th. Highlights from the last week include WESTERN KINGBIRD, CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, WHITE IBIS, CACKLING GOOSE, COMMON EIDER, PARASITIC JAEGER, MARBLED GODWIT, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, WHITE PELICAN, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and news of the migration.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen along Stevens St. in West Cape May on Oct. 23rd. The CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD in Villas departed on Oct. 23rd. An adult WHITE IBIS flew over the Hawk Watch at Cape May Point on Oct. 22nd. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen in Bunker Pond, at the State Park, on Oct. 24th.

A female COMMON EIDER has been by the jetties at St. Mary's in Cape May Pt. through Oct. 28th. PARASITIC JAEGERS continue to be seen daily off Cape May Point and also on many days at the Avalon Sea Watch. GREAT CORMORANTS continue to be seen flying over Cape May Point and resting on the Concrete Ship at Sunset Beach.

At Stone Harbor Point on Oct. 23 observers found 4 MARBLED GODWITS, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a late BROWN PELICAN, and 6 "WESTERN" WILLETS. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR were at Stone Harbor Point on the 26th. A WHITE PELICAN and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on Oct. 24th. A MARBLED GODWIT, an "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW, and several SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS & NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were at Two Mile Landing Oct. 24th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Hidden Valley on Oct. 28th, one was in a yard along Sunset Blvd. on the 23rd, one was at the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May NWR on the 23rd, and another was at the Woodcock Lane section of the Refuge on the 22nd. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on Oct. 27th, another here on the 24th, and one was in West Cape May on the 23rd, when another was at Hidden Valley. A HOODED WARBLER and a FOX SPARROW were at Higbee on the 24th; HOODED WARLBER and WILSON'S WARBLER were here on the 22nd. A late CATTLE EGRET continues at the Smith Farm on Bayshore Rd. through the 28th.

A DICKCISSEL lingered around the Cape May Hawk Watch through Oct. 24th, and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was here through the 23rd. Several flyover DICKCISSELS were reported from various locations around Cape May on the 24th. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and a NASHVILLE WARBLER were at Higbee on the 26th. We have numerous reports this week of BLUE-HEADED VIREO, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and PINE SISKIN.

Oct. 26 and 27 saw major movements of migrants at the Morning Flight Project (Higbee Dike), with more than 30,000 AMERICAN ROBINS, nearly 11,000 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and 520 PURPLE FINCHES counted over these two days.

New Jersey Audubon Society needs volunteers to submit site nominations for the New Jersey Important Bird and Birding Areas Initiative. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is integrating Important Bird Areas into the Landscape Project Mapping and its official Comprehensive Wildlife Plan. The Landscape Project is used by the NJDEP as the SOLE SOURCE of wildlife information for determining land acquisition priorities and management of state lands. To get involved, please visit our website at http://www.njaudubon.org/conservation/IBBA or call 201-891-1240.

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

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