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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/7/2005
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Friday, October 7. This weeks hotline includes reports of good shorebirds at the South Cape May Meadows, good flights at the Hawkwatch, and good luck to anyone looking for songbirds.

Birding in the South Cape May Meadows has been inspirational the past week. Water levels are down. Scores of herons and egrets have been drawn to a bounty of eels. Also in the meadows are an assortment of shorebirds including as many as 9 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, 17 STILT SANDPIPERS, a couple of dozen PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and both flavors of yellowlegs. Also in the meadows snipe, sora, and three juv. COMMON MOORHEN. Rain predicted for this weekend may increase water levels in the meadows, but hopefully not to flood stage.

As many as 5 PARASITIC JAEGERS have been seen feeding in the rips (look from Cape May Point State Park or any of the beach cross-overs in Cape May Point. Hundreds of terns continue to haunt both the bay and the beach. Among them this week was a BLACK TERN and one albino Forsters (as well as Caspian).

If you like PEREGRINES, Cape May Point is the place for you. October 4 and 5 each saw flights in excess of 200 birds and peak Peregrine season should continue until at least the 11th of October. Also from the watch are impressive numbers of BALD EAGLES, COOPERS HAWKS, OSPREY, and a smattering of MERLINS.

Songbird numbers have been lackluster. Both SWAINSONS and GRAY-CHEEKED are migrating, now, and have been recorded in Higbee Beach and elsewhere. The SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD (Rufous/Allens type) at the Center for Research and Education is gone. There have been no reports of the Cape May Point King Eider this week (but it may just have been unreported.).

Twenty-eight MARBLED GODWITS and 1 AMERICAN AVOCET were seen on the CMBO Sunset Cruise on October 1, operated by The Skimmer. Four PIPING PLOVER and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at Stone Harbor Point. All the regular swallow species (except for Purple Martin) were present in Cape May Point this past week with Tree Swallows (of course) dominating.

Looking for something to do this weekend or already thinking of special gifts for the holidays? The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47, 1.7 miles north of Goshen, is hosting a raptor art exhibition featuring celebrated local and national artists. Stop by. Dry out. Feast your eyes. Hours 9:00 to 4:30.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory. For more current information and details relating to these sightings and others stop by the Northwood Center in Cape May Point or the Center for Research and Education in Goshen and check the bird sighting sheets. You can also pick up a birding map, checklists, and information relating to our programs and events (daily walks and workshops), as well as registration information for the annual Cape May Autumn Weekend / THE Bird Show (slated for October 27-29). For additional information call 609-884-2736 or 609-861-0700. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

 
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