Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/14/2000
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 14 included GREAT WHITE HERON, LARK SPARROW, SANDWICH TERN, EURASIAN WIGEON, AN ANHINGA report, other bird news, Monarch news, and news of CMBO.

A GREAT WHITE HERON has taken up temporary residence on Nummy Island along Ocean Drive. The bird has been moving around some, but is usually present.

A LARK SPARROW was a fly-by at Sunset Beach on September 8, but there have been no repeat sightings.

One or two SANDWICH TERNS have been roosting with ROYAL TERNS on the beach between the State Park and the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM).

A EURASIAN WIGEON has returned once again to Bunker Pond in the Cape May Point State Park. Assuming it has been the same bird each year, this is the 8th consecutive year for this bird.

An ANHINGA was reported soaring over Pleasantville on September 11, but there were no follow-up sightings. The observer was "99%" sure.

Higbee Beach has produced a good variety of warblers early in the week, and late in the week. On September 10, a good flight produced GOLDEN-WINGED, WORM-EATING and CAPE MAY WARBLERS, among others. On September 14 there was another good flight highlighted by Connecticut Warbler. Hidden Valley Ranch had two PHILADELPHIA VIREOS and a good mix of warblers.

The Cape May Hawk Count had it's first big count with about 1,800 birds on September 13, mostly AMERICAN KESTRELS. As of about 1 p.m. on the 14th, there were seven Bald Eagles counted. The Avalon Sea Watch begins on September 22.

Other highlights for the week included: an excellent count of 21 HUDSONIAN GODWITS over Cape May Point on September 8, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Higbee Beach on the 10th, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the State Park on the 10th, two AMERICAN BITTERNS and a SORA at the SCMM on the 11th, and WILSON'S PHALAROPE at the SCMM on the 13th.

There has still not been an initial Monarch push, as northwest winds have been scarce. Monarch flights typically peak in late September and early October. We will endeavor to keep track of Monarch movements each week. Otherwise, there have been two or three Little Yellows near Bunker Pond in the State Park. There has been a pretty good movement of Cloudless Sulphurs. Several Clouded Skippers have been seen.

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. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point.

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!

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