Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/13/2001
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending September 13 include PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, FRANKLINS GULL, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER continues at the Johnson Sod on the Salem/Cumberland County borders, seen as as recently as September 12. This is the first record for New Jersey and only the second for the east coast. The bird is being seen along Rte. 690, to mile from Rte. 77. Route 690 is called Hannans Lane off Rte. 77, but is called Olivet Road further east. Take Rte. 55 to the exit for Garden Rd. (Exit 35). Take Garden Rd, west to its end and go left onto Olivet Road. Also at this site on the 12th were five BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and two BAIRDS SANDPIPERS. There were as many as 62 American Golden Plovers present on the 10th.

An adult FRANKLINS GULL was on the beach at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 6th and was seen again on the beach at Cape May near Perry St. on the 10th.

The 26th year of the Cape May Hawk Count began on September 1. This years primary counter is Bruce McWhorter, with Brennan Mulrooney as the secondary counter. The flights have been steady if not spectacular so far, consisting mainly of AMERICAN KESTRELS, SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS and OSPREYS.

The passerine flight has also been steady. Two CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 11th and another was at Higbee Beach on the 10th. A MOURNING WARBLER was at Higbee Beach on the 12th.

Other highlights included three AMERICAN BITTERNS at the SCMM on the 8th, two AMERICAN AVOCETS at Brig on the 10th, and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and DICKCISSEL at Higbee Beach on the 10th.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to perpetuate and preserve the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609?884?2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558

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