Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/16/2004
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 16th. Highlights from the last week include BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, PARASITIC JAEGER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, LARK SPARROW, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and COMMON EIDER.

A first-winter BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen from the Morning Flight Project area (the "Higbee Dike") on Sept. 16th. PARASITIC JAEGERS have been seen from shore around Cape May Point on Sept. 15th and 16th.

A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was seen on a beach near St. Peter's Church at Cape May Point on Sept. 14th. One was at the Higbee Dike on the 15th, and one was on the beach near Alexander in Cape May Point, also on the 15th. Two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and an UPLAND SANDPIPER were noted from the Higbee Dike on Sept. 14th, with one AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and two HUDSONIAN GODWITS here on the 13th. The Godwits were also present on the 11th, when flyovers included LARK SPARROW and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen here at the Higbee Dike on Sept. 9th. A DICKCISSEL was noted flying over on Sept. 13th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at the Rea Farm on Sept. 13th.

Two COMMON EIDERS were seen from Sunset Beach on Sept. 8th and again on the 11th.

Weather conditions have triggered no major flights during the last week, but some representative finds during the last week include COMMON LOONS, SCOTERS, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, CASPIAN TERN, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, CAPE MAY WARBLER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER.

Note that The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The Meadows") will soon be closed for habitat management work - a closure that could continue for a week or more. Cape May Point State Park may see some closures of the trails. Contact CMBO for the latest information about closures and the plans for any of our programs that may be disrupted by these closures.

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!

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