Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/12/2002
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 12, 2002. Highlights from the last week include RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, WHITE IBIS, Migrant Songbirds, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, SANDWICH TERN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, MARBLED GODWIT, and a raptor migration update.

A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD has been frequenting a backyard feeder in Elsinboro Township, Salem County since Sept. 9. From Rt. 49 in the town of Salem, take Chestnut Street southwest. Chestnut becomes Fort Elfsborg Rd., Rt. 625. Continue to South Locust Ave. and turn right. The bird frequents the back yard of #97 South Locust Ave. The homeowners have graciously granted birders permission to park in the driveway and walk into the back yard and onto the deck. Please be respectful of the private property, do not enter any neighboring yards, and do not block mailboxes if you park on the street.

A young WHITE IBIS was seen from the Cape May Hawkwatch on Sept. 9th, and also seen briefly at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (The Meadows).

The first major cold front of autumn brought an excellent fallout of migratory songbirds into Cape May this morning, Sept. 12, with hundreds and hundreds of warblers sighted. Species recorded by birders at various sites around Cape May included CONNECTICUT WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and many others. Songbirds have been trickling through all week, with PHILADELPHIA VIREO reported every day. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in front of the hawkwatch on Sept. 6th. An early SWAMP SPARROW was seen at the Meadows on Sept. 6th.

On Sept. 10th, 50 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 6 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and 1 BAIRD'S SANDPIPER were tallied at the Johnson's Sod Farm, east of Rt. 77 southwest of Elmer.

Four SANDWICH TERNS were seen at Stone Harbor Point on Sept. 6th. At least 8 were seen here on Sept. 5th, along with a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and an immature JAEGER reported as a probable LONG-TAILED JAEGER.

Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen on the beach at the Meadows on Sept. 10th.

Two MARBLED GODWITS were seen from the north end of Nummy Island on Sept. 9th.

1352 raptors were counted during the first 11 days of the autumn hawkwatch, with peak flights of 449 birds on Sept. 5th and 424 on Sept. 11th.

The bullet workshop on Raptors October 12 & 13 has filled, but a second section is possible. Call for details. Spaces are still available for the full 5-day workshop on Raptor Migration, October 20 24. Spaces are also open on new half-day Migration Hotspot programs are scheduled for Sept. 14, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, and Nov. 2. Contact CMBO at (609) 861-0700 for more information about these and other upcoming programs for the busy and exciting fall migration season.

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 our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, 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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