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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/28/2010
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Thursday, October 28, 2010. Highlights this week include sightings of CAVE SWALLOW, WESTERN KINGBIRD, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, BANK SWALLOW, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, COMMON REDPOLLS, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN-GOLDEN PLOVER, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD

CAVE SWALLOWS have been noted throughout the week, and all reports have been from the Hawkwatch Platform: A record early bird was first seen on Friday, October 22nd, 2010; two were reported on Saturday, October 23rd, 2010; and one was seen with a BANK SWALLOW on Thursday, October 28th, 2010.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was noted in the back, pumpkin field of the Beanery (Rea Farm) on Friday, October 22nd, 2010, as was a WESTERN KINGBIRD.

A flyby HUDSONIAN GODWIT was observed from the Hawkwatch Platform on Friday, October 22nd, 2010.

Reports of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS have been coming in from around the county: a first of season at Cape Island Creek Preserve on Friday, October 22nd, 2010, and two birds seen on Sunday, October 24th, 2010: one at the Villas WMA and one at a private residence in Cape May Court House

Two COMMON REDPOLLS were noted at the Villas WMA on Saturday, October 24th, 2010.

A SANDHILL CRANE has been noted off and on, feeding with a raft of wild turkeys, on private farmland on route 676 in Cumberland County near Dividing Creek. It was last reported on Saturday, October 23rd, 2010.

A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was seen at a Cape May Point feeder on Thursday, October 28th, 2010.

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The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discounts in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

 
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