Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/26/2006
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 August 26. The roster this week includes sightings of BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE, SEDGE WREN and LESSER BLACK- BACKED GULL.

Please excuse the lack of hotline coverage in the last weeks. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused. This weeks hotline will cover mostly the week of 8/18-8/25.

Remember that songbird migration is well underway; as of 8/15 the Cape May Morning Flight Project is in full swing with good numbers of birds being seen almost daily. To reach the Morning Flight Project platform, head to the west end of New England Road. Just before the parking lot at the end of the road turn right onto an unpaved road. The Morning Flight Project is based at a small observation tower on the left side of the road.

In the last week good numbers of NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, AMERICAN REDSTARTS, BLACK and WHITE, CANADA and various other warbler species as well as, Empidonax Flycatchers have been seen in the Cape May area.

Also with the lack of rain in the last month areas such as Bunker Pond and the Meadows are becoming excellent shorebird habitat. Both Dowitchers, STILT and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS along with many of the expected species are being seen.

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was found at the second Plover Pond (the small ponds north of Bunker Pond at the Cape May Point State Park) and last reported on 8/25.

On 8/25 21 BROWN PELICANS were seen from the Morning Flight Project.

First found on 8/23 an AMERICAN AVOCET has been frequently seen in the Meadows and was spotted as of mid-afternoon yesterday 8/25.

Also yesterday 8/25, a first year male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD made a very brief appearance at a feeder in a yard on Sea Grove Ave. As of this morning, there has yet to be a report of this birds return to the yard.

The SANDHILL CRANE is still frequenting the Beaver Swamp WMA at Beaver Dam Rd. The last sighting of this bird was on 8/18.

A SEDGE WREN was seen at Jakes Landing Road around 6:15 a.m. on 8/21.

Lastly, on 8/19 a first year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the beach at the Cape May Point State Park.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open Thursday through Tuesday, 9-4:30. The Northwood Center will be closed on Wednesdays through the remainder of August and will resume a seven day a week schedule in September. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education will be closed Wednesday 8/30 and Thursday 8/31 for inventory.

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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