Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/14/2003
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, August 14, 2003. Highlights from the last week include CORY'S SHEARWATER, LARK SPARROW, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, SANDWICH TERN, AMERICAN AVOCET, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, CASPIAN TERN, STILT SANDPIPER, and news of the songbird migration.

Fifty to sixty CORY'S SHEARWATERS were seen about 6 miles off Cape May Point on August 9th, and then close to shore off the South Cape May Meadows (The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge) on August 10th.

A LARK SPARROW was reported from Cape May Point on Aug. 13, from the corner of Alexander and Pearl.

A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was spotted at Stone Harbor Point on August 13th. A SANDWICH TERN was seen here on Aug. 8th and 9th.

Sightings from the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge include 1 AMERICAN AVOCET, at least 20 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and 1 CASPIAN TERN on August 12th. Three WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were at the Higbee Impoundment on Aug. 13th, and 48 STILT SANDPIPERS were counted here on Aug. 8th.

The pace of songbird migration continues to accelerate. Noteworthy reports this week include at least 2 CERULEAN WARBLERS at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area from Aug. 8 to 12, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and WORM-EATING WARBLER at Higbee on the 14th, multiple WORM-EATING WARBLERS, YELLOW WARBLERS, AMERICAN REDSTARTS, and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES at Higbee on the 10th, a MOURNING WARBLER at Hidden Valley on the 10th, and 4 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS at Higbee on the 8th.

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://www.njaudubon.org

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

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