Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/11/2003
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, September 11, 2003. Highlights from the last week include CORY'S SHEARWATER, PARASITIC JAEGER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, PURPLE FINCH, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, DICKCISSEL, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, GREAT CORMORANT, BLACK TERN, and news of the songbird migration.

CORY'S SHEARWATERS continue to frequent the nearshore Atlantic Ocean at Cape May, with 137 counted from the hawkwatch at Cape May Point on Sept. 9th, after 2 were seen on Sept. 8th, along with 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS.

Three BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were reported from Stone Harbor Point on Sept. 10th.

A BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was spotted on Sept. 6th, flying over the CMBO Morning Flight Project, which is located a short distance north of the Higbee Beach WMA parking area (at the "Higbee Dike"). Other highlights from the Morning Flight Project this week included 102 PALM WARBLERS, 45 NORTHERN PARULAS, 51 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS, and 40 CAPE MAY WARBLERS on Sept. 11th, 225 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, 182 BALTIMORE ORIOLES, and 420 BOBOLINKS on Sept. 6th, a CONNECTICUT WARBLER on Sept. 8th, 1 PURPLE FINCH and 1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH on Sept. 11th, and flyover DICKCISSELS three mornings this week

A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was at the "Higbee Dike" on Sept. 9th.

GREAT CORMORANTS were reported flying over Hidden Valley on the 11th and in the back bays from the Skimmer boat on Sept. 9th. A BLACK TERN was also in the back bays on the 9th.

The juvenile SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER at the Johnson Sod Farm has not been seen since Sept. 5th.

Note that the "free bridge" connecting Nummy's Island to south Stone Harbor is now closed until further notice for construction.

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
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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