Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/29/1992
You have reached the Cape May birding hotline. Highlights of the week ending Oct. 28 include MARBLED and HUDSONIAN GODWITS, PARASITIC and POMARINE JAEGERS, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BALD and GOLDEN EAGLES, GOSHAWK, SWAINSON'S HAWK, SNOW BUNTING, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, FOX, VESPER, CLAY-COLORED, and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, LITTLE GULL, and RED-NECKED GREBE. Seabird migration has picked up dramatically this week. On Oct. 23, an immature male KING EIDER was seen flying past the 8th Street jetty at Avalon. On Oct. 24, a PARASITIC JAEGER was harrassing Royal Terns off Stone Harbor Point. Oct. 28 was the best day for seabird migration so far this fall. Good numbers of Common and Red-throated Loon, Red-breasted Merganser, Oldsquaw, Horned Grebe, Greater and Lesser Scaup, and Green-winged Teal were seen flying by offshore, in addition to thousands of Scoters and Gannets. At 8th Street jetty in Avalon on the 28th, both RED-NECKED GREBE and LITTLE GULL were seen flying by. Meanwhile, at 2d Street in North Wildwood, observers enjoyed 3 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, POMARINE JAEGER, and two unidentified JAEGERS. Hundreds of shorebirds have been present this week on Champagne Island in Hereford Inlet, North Wildwood, including Dunlin, Black-bellied Plover, Western Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Dowitchers, and Red Knots. On Oct. 24, a MARBLED GODWIT was seen on the island. 1653 Raptors of 15 different species were counted from the Hawkwatch at Cape May this week. Highlights include BALD EAGLE on the 25th, 26th, and 27th; GOLDEN EAGLE on the 26th; N. GOSHAWK on the 23d, 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th. An adult SWAINSON'S HAWK was seen from the Beanery on the 27th. Higbee's Beach and Hidden Valley held many sparrows this week. The first FOX SPARROWS of the season were seen at Hidden Valley on the 23d. On the 26th at Hidden Valley, a LINCOLN'S SPARROW, 4 VESPER SPARROWS, and 25 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Higbee's on the 24th. From the Hawkwatch Platform on the 26th, more than 800 Bluebirds, 3 Rough-winged Swallows, 3 Snow Buntings, and a handful of Horned Larks were seen overhead. A juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper was on the beach at Cape May Point State Park on the 24th. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen on the 28th on the jetty of the Coast Guard Base on the north side of the Cape May Canal. The same day, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen on the edge of Lily Lake. On the afternoon of the 29th, a HUDSONIAN GODWIT flew over the hawkwatch. Whales are being seen daily off Stone Harbor and Avalon. Finback Whales were seen from Avalon on the 22d and 23d., and from Stone Harbor on the 28th. A Right Whale was reported from the whale-watching boat on the 23d. [Program announcements omitted. -LL] Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and conservation unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, phone our office at 609-884-2736 or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L. Larson (llarson@pucc.princeton.edu).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

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