Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/4/2001

You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This recording was made on Thursday, October 4. Highlights from the last week include LARK BUNTING, WESTERN KINGBIRD, COMMON EIDER, EURASIAN WIGEON, and MISSISSIPPI KITE.

A LARK BUNTING was seen on Oct. 2 at the Stone Harbor Point parking area.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was found on Oct. 2 in the town of Cape May Point, seen mostly along Yale Ave.

Two COMMON EIDERS were seen repeatedly between Sept. 30 and Oct. 2 in the ocean from various locations around Cape May Point.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was first found on Oct. 3 at Lighthouse Pond, Cape May Point State Park, and is still present.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen flying over Reed's Beach on the afternoon of Sept. 27.

Songbird migration continues to change with the season. An excellent variety of warblers were reported from Cape May during the last week, including CONNECTICUT, MOURNING, and WORM-EATING. YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and LEAST FLYCATCHER have also been reported.

On October 2 there was a noticeable influx of late-season migrants, including YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, BROWN CREEPER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. PALM WARBLERS, BLUE JAYS and NORTHERN FLICKERS are currently quite abundant. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES have been present in Cape May since late August. A few RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are still being seen.

The pace of RAPTOR migration has accelerated. 1483 were counted from the hawkwatch on September 28. Total count for the month of September was 10,716.

The Avalon Seawatch is yielding good numbers and variety. Sightings from the last week include COMMON EIDER, MARBLED GODWIT, and large flocks of SCOTERS.

Note that the wildlife drive in Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (also called Brigantine) will be closed on Wednesdays during the month of October.

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 at one of our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org, or call our natural history information and events hotline at 609-861-0466.

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. The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory. We detail sightings from Cape May and surrounding areas. Updates are made on Thursday evenings and more frequently when warranted by changing conditions. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and Good Birding!

Mark S. Garland CMBO Sr. Naturalist

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