Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/23/2005
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Friday, September 23. This weeks hotline includes sightings of KING EIDER, WHITE IBIS, LITTLE GULL, SANDWICH TERN and assorted other observations.

The female KING EIDER continues to be seen in the waters between Cape May and the Concrete Ship. It is also, commonly, observed hauled out on beaches, often near concentrations of gulls. Scan and plan accordingly.

A WHITE IBIS was seen at Reeds Beach on September 18. No further report. A second summer LITTLE GULL was seen feeding amid the terns and also roosting with terns Saturday, September 17. At least 2 SANDWICH TERNS continue to be seen along the Cape May Point Beaches (check tern flocks) and BLACK TERN and PARASITIC JAEGERS have also been seen in the rips, amid the feeding flocks. Scan from Cape May Point State Park or one of the Cape May Point crossover points.

On the 22nd, 12 AMERICAN BITTERN were seen at twilight from Mt. Vernon Avenue. The most recent cold front produced a good flight of passerines at the Dike at Higbee (with over 400 AMERICAN REDSTART recorded in a single hour. Spare numbers of CONNECTICUT WARBLERS have been seen thus far. Before its closing for Phragmites control, shorebirding in the South Cape May Meadows was respectable with LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, STILT SANDPIPERS, HUDSONIAN and MARBLED GODWIT, SORA and VIRGINIA RAIL among the birds seen. The meadows is scheduled to reopen sometime next week.

Places to go for passerines include Higbee Beach, Hidden Valley, the Rea Farm (aka the Beanery) whose access is limited to New Jersey Audubon and CMBO Members. The wooded lot, and mister, right next to the Northwood Center in Cape May Point has been especially productive for birds later in the morning and during the afternoon. Stop by and pick up a schedule of events and regularly scheduled walks. There is still room on several CMBO Workshops--including Raptors at Cape May on October 26 and 27.

Visiting birders are invited to visit the Hawk Watch at Cape May Point State Park. Counts are conducted daily from dawn till the hawks go home. Late September and early October are prime time for migrating falcons--especially Peregrines. But observers on the hawk watch are equal opportunity observers. Anything that flies (or walks or swims) is bound to get an audience.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory. For more current information and details relating to these sightings and others stop by the Northwood Center in Cape May Point or the Center for Research and Education in Goshen and check the bird sighting sheets. You can also pick up a birding map, checklists, and information relating to our programs and events (daily walks and workshops), as well as registration information for the annual Cape May Autumn Weekend / THE Bird Show (slated for October 27-29). For additional information call 609-884-2736 or 609-861-0700. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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