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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/26/2004
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 26th. Highlights from the last week include AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, LARK SPARROW, MOURNING WARBLER, PARASITIC JAEGER, DICKCISSEL, BLACK TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, SANDWICH TERN, WHITE IBIS, MARBLED GODWIT, COMMON EIDER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, and news of the migration.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen soaring above Cape May on Aug. 21st and again on the 22nd.

A LARK SPARROW, a MOURNING WARBLER, and 5 PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen from the Higbee Dike on Aug. 23rd. Another LARK SPARROW was at Turkey Point on the 21st, and still another at Higbee on the 18th. A DICKCISSEL flew over the Higbee Dike on Aug. 22nd.

Six BLACK TERNS, a GULL-BILLED TERN, and a BROWN PELICAN were seen from Cape May Point on Aug. 26th, with the GULL-BILLED TERN also seen on the 25th. A SANDWICH TERN and 12 PIPING PLOVERS were on the State Park beach on the 21st.

An adult WHITE IBIS was seen flying above the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on Aug. 22nd.

A MARBLED GODWIT was near the toll bridge to Nummy Island on Aug. 25th.

A COMMON EIDER continues at Sunset Beach, most recently reported on Aug. 23rd.

The Johnson Sod Farm, which straddles the Cumberland/Salem County line, harbored one UPLAND SANDPIPER on August 22nd through the 24th, and 5 on the 26th, when an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was also seen. A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was here on the 23rd and 24th.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN remained at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge through at least Aug 23. Other sightings from Brig include AMERICAN AVOCET, WHITE-FACED IBIS, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, and LARK SPARROW; check the statewide hotline for details.

Fall movement of migratory songbirds is in full swing. Passage of a cold front on the night of August 21st brought a major flight through Cape May on the 22nd. Species diversity is very high right now - some of the birds reported from around Cape May during the last week: BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, LEAST FLYCATCHER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, and CAPE MAY WARBLER. Migrants that are especially abundant right now include BALTIMORE ORIOLE, EASTERN KINGBIRD, PURPLE MARTIN, AMERICAN REDSTART, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD.

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

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

 
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