Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/8/1992
Transcriber's note: tape inaudible at times, indicated by "?".

You have reached the Cape May birding hotline. Highlights of the week ending Oct. 8 include FRIGATEBIRD; probable WURDEMANN'S HERON; ? ; probable ROSS'S GOOSE; WESTERN KINGBIRD; BAIRD'S SANDPIPER; CLAY-COLORED, WHITE-CROWNED, LINCOLN'S, and probable GRASSHOPPER SPARROW; CAPE MAY WARBLER, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PARASITIC JAEGER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL; BROWN PELICAN, N. GOSHAWK, ? , BARRED OWL, Humpbacked Whale, local nature notes, and news of CMBO's programs.

A FRIGATEBIRD was seen Oct. 8, at 3:30 PM at the Concrete Ship as it flew upthe Delaware Bay. The bird was all-black, hence a male.

A probable WURDEMANN'S HERON, a race of the Great Blue Heron, was seen Oct. 5 as it flew over the Cape May Point State Park. Two adult WHITE IBIS were seen flying south over the Garden State Parkway (date inaudible). A probable ROSS'S GOOSE was over the CMBO hawkwatch Oct. 4 in company with several Snow Geese.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen Oct. 2 along New England Rd. in the last yard on the left. On Oct. 3, 4, & 5 a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was seen on the beach at the Cape May Point State Park. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen Oct. 2 at Higbee's Beach in the first field. A number of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen at various places including Higbee's beach, the Beanery, and Stone Harbor Point. The bushes at Stone Harbor Point on Oct. 2 held: WINTER WREN, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, possible GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, & a number of JUNCOS.

On Oct. 4 at Wildwood Crest, ? held a LINCOLN'S SPARROW and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. A number of CAPE MAY WARBLERS were reported this week, at Goshen Oct. 2, Higbee's Beach Oct. 5, and Cape May Meadows Oct. 6. Other warblers included HOODED WARBLERS & CONNECTICUT WARBLERS at Higbee's Beach, WILSON'S WARBLER at the State Park, BLACK-THROATED BLUE at CMBO. A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was at the Hawk watch on Oct. 6. A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen Oct. 6 as it flew in from the ocean with gulls and terns. ...

On Oct. ? a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Sea Isle City off 55th? St., and on the same day one was seen at Brigantine NWR. The Fall's first RED-THROATED LOONS came in Oct. 5 in Avalon. BROWN PELICAN reports came in this week from the Cape May beachfront and from Stone Harbor Point.

Fourteen species of raptors were seen Oct. 7 at the hawkwatch, including a N. GOSHAWK, BALD EAGLE, & 4 BLACK VULTURES. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen there Oct. 4. Fair numbers of PEREGRINES have been seen daily, with 21 counted on the 7th. The season's first migrant owl passed over the point the night of Oct. 3, at 9 PM, a BARN OWL giving its distinctive hiss as it flew over Lily Lake. Nights of gentle NW winds following a cold front are best for migrating owls.

Five RUDDY DUCKS were in Lily Lake Oct. 5. The last RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was seen Oct. 5 at a feeder in Goshen, after daily sightings since April. Various migrant ducks, geese, herons, and cormorants have been passing by, as well as offshore scoters of all 3 species. Flickers and tree swallows are being hunted by Sharp-shinned Hawks in the area. Humpback whales are still being seen offshore by the "Holiday" whale watch boat out of Cape May.

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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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