Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/16/1999
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 16 include reports of BRIDLED TERN (and other storm-related birds), AMERICAN AVOCET, WESTERN KINGBIRD, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

Note: Forsythe NWR (or Brigantine) will be closed on Thursdays until October 28 for goose management.

The approach of Hurricane Floyd has already brought some rewards for sea watchers. Seen as of noon on September 16 were 2 Bridled Terns, ARCTIC TERN, POMARINE JAEGER, and 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES.

An AMERICAN AVOCET spent several days trading back and forth among the ponds on Cape May Point. It was last reported on the 14th.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen at Cape May Point State Park on September 12 and presumably the same bird was near Cold Spring campground later that day.

A superb song bird flight occurred on September 11, with 27 species of warblers seen including 12 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, GOLDEN-WINGED, CERULEAN, HOODED WARBLERS, and WILSONS WARBLERS. Other highlights included RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, several PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, and a good flight of COMMON NIGHTHAWKS.

The Cape May Hawk Watch began its 24th year on September 1 on the newly constructed hawk watch. This years primary counter is Dave Hedeen from Cincinnati, OH. Vince Elia will be spelling Dave on his days off. The seasons first big flight occurred between September 10 and the 12. Almost 900 AMERICAN KESTRELS were counted on the 11th and 3 BALD EAGLES were seen the same day.

On Saturday, October 23 there will be a celebration to recognize the transfer of the former Coast Guard property in Lower Township to the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. The site will be known as the "Two Mile Beach Unit". All are welcome. The ceremony is at 9:30 a.m. In addition, the Cape May Bird Observatory will offer 1-hour bird and butterfly walks at the site at 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and one following the ceremony at around 11:00 a.m. The site of the celebration and walks is at the south end of Wildwood Crest, with access off Ocean Drive just as you enter Wildwood Crest.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, 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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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