Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/25/2001
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This recording was made on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Highlights include LITTLE GULL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

A juvenile LITTLE GULL was seen on Sept. 21 on the beach at Cape May Point State Park and later on the jetty at the St. Mary's jetty in Cape May Point.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen amidst a large blackbird flock in the residential neighborhoods of North Cape May on Sept. 22.

CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were found at the Rea Farm on Sept. 21 and in the dunes near Harvard & Coral in Cape May Point on Sept. 22.

A LARK SPARROW was found at Two Mile Beach on Sept. 23. This area is not currently open to the public, however.

An EARED GREBE was seen from the base of the free bridge at Nummy's Island on Sept. 18.

The passerine migration continues to bring an excellent variety of songbirds through Cape May. CONNECTICUT WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and dozens of other species are being regularly seen. Species indicative of the late fall migration, INCLUDING WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, BROWN CREEPER, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, have begun to arrive. Hawk migration is currently steady, with more than 6,000 raptors counted from the hawk watch from Sept. 1 to Sept. 24. The Avalon seawatch began last weekend and has already yielded PARASITIC JAEGER and NORTHERN GANNET.

The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, also known as the South Cape May Meadows, continues to be very productive. Among the recent sightings have been AMERICAN BITTERN, LEAST BITTERN, SORA, VIRGINIA RAIL, CLAPPER RAIL, SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

The PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER that had been seen at the Johnson's Sod Farm has not been reported since Sept. 18 and seems to have moved on.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, 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. 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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609?884?2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558

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