Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/19/2002
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 19, 2002. Highlights from the last week include BROWN NODDY, MARBLED GODWIT, AMERICAN AVOCET, PARASITIC JAEGER, SANDWICH TERN, DICKCISSEL, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

A BROWN NODDY was reported offshore from Cape May Point State Park on Sept. 14th, and a BROWN NODDY was also reported from the Cape May Lewes Ferry on Sept. 17th.

Three MARBLED GODWITS and one AMERICAN AVOCET were seen on Sept. 18th from the base of the free bridge at Nummy Island, Hereford Inlet. Two MARBLED GODWITS were seen in the same area on Sept. 17th, along with PARASITIC JAEGER and SANDWICH TERN. Two SANDWICH TERNS flew over downtown Cape May on Sept. 13th. Two PARASITIC JAEGERS were sighted from the Cape May Hawkwatch on Sept. 16th.

The songbird migration is in full swing, with large numbers of birds being seen in the morning after nights with northwest winds. Sept. 17 and 18 were two such mornings. Highlights of the last week from the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area included a DICKCISSEL on Sept. 19th, a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, a WESTERN KINGBIRD, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and 2 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS on Sept. 17th, a BICKNELLS THRUSH and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER on Sept. 14th, and numerous reports of CONNECTICUT WARBLER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, MOURNING WARBLER, and many others.

A adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the beach at The Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge on Sept. 15th.

Raptor migration is picking up. 1104 birds were counted from the Cape May Hawkwatch on Sept. 17th, and 641 on the 18th.

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. Now is the time to register for the gala New Jersey Audubon Cape May Autumn Weekend & THE Bird Show, Oct. 25 27. 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 CMBOs 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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