Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/28/2003

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 28, 2003. Highlights from the last week include CORY'S SHEARWATER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, BLACK TERN, SANDWICH TERN, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, LARK SPARROW, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, WHITE-FACED IBIS, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, "LAWRENCE'S" WARBLER, and news of the songbird migration.

CORY'S SHEARWATERS continue to be seen periodically from Cape May Point, with a high count of 234 tallied from Cape May Point State Park on Aug. 26th. 12 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS and 2 BLACK TERNS were seen the same day. Thirty CORY'S SHEARWATERS were seen from Cape May Point on the 23rd, when 20 were county from the Higbee Dike. 75 were counted off Wildwood Crest on the 22nd, along with 4 BLACK TERNS and a SANDWICH TERN.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen on Haleyville Rd. in Cumberland County on August 28th, working a field 2.3 miles from the blinking light near Mauricetown.

A LARK SPARROW was at the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge on Aug. 24th, in the field across from the last parking lot. Another LARK SPARROW was seen at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on the 23rd.

Birds found at the Johnson Sod Farm, which straddles the Cumberland/Salem County line, include 15 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS August 26-27 and one August 24; 9 UPLAND SANDPIPERS August 23, 50 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS August 27, and two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS August 23-24.

Three MARBLED GODWITS, one HUDSONIAN GODWIT, and 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were seen on Aug. 23rd at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was at Brig Aug. 21 and 24. Four BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS and 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were found here on the 21st.

Two UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at the Rea Farm on Aug. 23rd.

A hybrid "LAWRENCE'S" WARBLER was reported from Hidden Valley on Aug. 25th.

Songbird migration is well underway, with recent noteworthy finds including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and PHILADELPHIA VIREO at Higbee on the 28th, 2 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at Hidden Valley on the 28th, HOODED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, and WORM-EATING WARBLER at Higbee on the 25th, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, off Woodcock Lane, on the 24th, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Higbee on the 24th, KENTUCKY WARBLER and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO at Higbee on the 23rd, and multiple reports of BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ORCHARD ORIOLE, WILSON'S WARBLER, LEAST FLYCATCHER, and others. The CMBO Morning Flight Project counted 1,200 EASTERN KINGBIRDS on the morning of Aug. 24th.

Four MONK PARAKEETS were seen near the Lobster House Restaurant, on Cape May Harbor, on Aug. 24th.

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!

Mark S. Garland
Senior Naturalist
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
(609) 884-2736

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