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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/31/2002
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, October 31, 2002. Highlights from the last week include BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ICELAND GULL, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, PARASITIC JAEGER, DICKCISSEL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, AUDUBON'S WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SHORT-EARED OWL, and news of the migration.

A juvenile BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE has been around Cape May on and off since Oct. 4th; our most recent report is from Oct. 25th.

A WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen flying past the Avalon Seawatch on Oct. 28th, and a COMMON EIDER was here on Oct. 25th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen from 21st Street in Stone Harbor on Oct. 29th.

Four HUDSONIAN GODWITS and one MARBLED GODWIT were reported from the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on Oct. 27th.

PARASITIC JAEGERS are still being seen almost every day from the Avalon Seawatch and, even more frequently, from the Hawkwatch in Cape May Point.

A cooperative DICKCISSEL has been seen daily in from of the Hawkwatch at Cape May Point from Oct. 27 through the 31st. Many sparrows are being seen here as well, with 6 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS spotted here on Oct. 31st. CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were found at the Rea Farm on Oct. 28th and at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on Oct. 25th. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at the Rea Farm on Oct. 25th.

"Audubon's" race YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were seen at Atlantic City on Oct. 27th and at Stone Harbor Pt. on the 29th. Stone Harbor Pt. has also harbored up to 4 MARBLED GODWITS through at least Oct. 31st, 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS on Oct. 29, 2 "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 1 AMERICAN TREE SPARROW most recently on Oct. 31st. Another SNOW BUNTING was on the Cape May beach on Oct. 25th.

A SHORT-EARED OWL flew over the Rea Farm on Oct. 27th.

The songbird migration is still in full swing. Birds found around Cape May during the last week included WINTER WREN, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, BROWN CREEPER, GREAT CORMORANT, CHIMNEY SWIFT, AMERICAN PIPIT, GOLDEN EAGLE, COMMON MOORHEN, WILSON'S SNIPE, and AMERICAN WOODCOCK. Our first autumn report of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH has come in, a bird found in Cape May Point on Oct. 25 and 26.

The previously announced pelagic trip scheduled for Friday, December 6 has been cancelled.

New Jersey Audubon Society and the Cape May Bird Observatory would like to thank all the volunteers that helped make our 56th annual Cape May Autumn Weekend a huge success.

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://cmbo.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!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
mark@njaudubon.org

 
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