Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/1/2006
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 Friday September 1. The roster this week includes sightings of HUDSONIAN GODWIT, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, AMERICAN AVOCET, WILSONS PHALAROPE, BLACK TERN, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER and MOURNING WARBLER.

There have been some pretty good flights of passerines in the last week in Cape May. Yesterday from the Morning Flight Project over 2600 individuals of 19 species of warbler were counted. Also, remember that the CMBO Hawk Watch starts on this soggy, windy September 1st morning. The hawk watch continues through November 30th, so when you are down birding in the area make sure that you stop up on the platform to see whats soaring over Cape May Point.

Though the numbers of individuals are reported to have dwindled down, the Meadows continues to be excellent shorebird habitat.

On 8/28 two HUDSONIAN GODWITS were found on the Monday CMBO walk. As of 8/30 there was at least one godwit reported to be still remaining in the Meadows.

Also in the Meadows this last week was a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, last reported on 8/29.

The one AMERICAN AVOCET that continues in the Meadows has multiplied to two as of 8/30.

A one day wonder was a WILSONS PHALAROPE on 8/27.

BLACK TERNS have been seen with good regularity from the Cape May Point State Park. The last report of this species was on 8/28.

At least two YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS were seen at Higbees Beach on 8/29 and one on 8/30.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER made a brief appearance at the Morning Flight Project on 8/31 and was last seen flying in the direction of Higbees Beach.

On 8/30 one CONNECTICUT WARBLER was counted flying past the Morning Flight Project.

A MOURNING WARBLER was found in the southeast corner of Hidden Valley on 8/29.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point has returned to a 7 day a week schedule, open 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30.

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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