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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/7/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Saturday October 7. Highlights this week include sightings of FULVOUS WHISTLING-DUCK, GREAT CORMORANT, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, MISSISSIPPI KITE, TOWNSENDS WARBLER and HUDSONIAN GODWIT.

On 10/5 a TOWNSENDS WARBLER was found at Brigantine NWR near the beginning of Jens Trail. This point is accessed from the north dike at the beginning of the upland/wetland transitional area. Please report any future sightings of this species to the Cape May Bird Observatory at the number listed below.

HUDSONIAN GODWIT was also reported from Brigantine NWR on 10/3.

There has been a good flight of various species of birds in the last day. There was a large nocturnal flight of birds on the evening of 10/5 with many BICKNELLS and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES being hear. Reports of numerous songbirds in virtually every corner of Cape May filtered into CMBO all day yesterday. Last evening there were numerous herons (GREAT BLUE HERONS and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS) and egrets calling as the circled Cape May Point.

Also heard in the evening, on 10/5, were three FULVOUS WHISTLING- DUCKS flying over Columbia Ave. in Cape May. Most likely these birds have long since passed the area but it is still a good idea to keep a sharp eye in any suitable habitat.

GREAT CORMORANT has been frequenting various locations in Cape May this week. The last report was from the Concrete Ship at the end of Sunset Ave. on 10/5.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found in Cape May City on 10/4.

Also in Cape May City were two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES on 10/5.

Lastly the MISSISSIPPI KITE has been spotted off and on over the week. The last report of this species was on 10/5 from both the Hawkwatch platform and the Beanery.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (aka South Cape May Meadows) is open again for birding.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open everyday except Wednesdays (during October), 9-4:30.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys 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 $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

 
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