Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/23/2004
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 23rd. Highlights from the last week include SWAINSON'S HAWK, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, GREAT CORMORANT, COMMON EIDER, LITTLE GULL, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, PARASITIC JAEGER, and news of the migration.

A SWAINSON'S HAWK was seen from the Rea Farm and from the Hawk Watch at Cape May Point State Park on Sept. 21st and 22nd. The Hawk Watch has been generally productive this week, with 4,355 recorded in the 4-day period Sept. 20 to 23, 2614 being SHARP-SHINNED HAWK.

Two HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen from the water at Thoroughfare Island (near Two Mile Landing) on Sept. 22nd.

An immature GREAT CORMORANT was loafing on the Concrete Ship on Sept. 19th. Two COMMON EIDERS continue to linger in the waters around Cape May Point, our most recent report being from the St. Mary's jetty on Sept. 22nd.

A LITTLE GULL was seen from Cape May Point on Sept. 16th.

Two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS flew past the Hawk Watch at Cape May Point on Sept. 21st.

PARASITIC JAEGERS are being seen on occasion from shore locations around Cape May Point. The best times to try for these birds are during changing tides, roughly halfway between the times of the high and low tides.

There has been a major influx of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES into Cape May during the last week, with over 100 noted from the Morning Flight Project on Sept. 23rd. A DICKCISSEL also flew over the project site, at the Higbee Dike, on the 23rd, single CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were noted on the 22nd and the 23rd, and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on the 20th. Another DICKCISSEL was reported from The Meadows on Sept. 20th. The diversity of migrant songbirds remains high here and at other songbird locales around Cape May - 20 species of warblers recorded from the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on Sept. 19th.

Note that The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The Meadows") is currently closed for habitat management work - we do not know when trails here will be reopened. 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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