Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/27/2001
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 Thursday, Sept. 27. Highlights include EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, LITTLE GULL, EARED GREBE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, LARK SPARROW, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen on Sept. 26 flying over the hawkwatch at Cape May Point and seen settling onto the roof of St. Mary's.

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

An EARED GREBE was seen from the base of the free bridge at Nummy's Island on Sept. 18 and again Sept. 23.

Nine HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen flying over the hawkwatch on Sept. 26.

CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were seen at the Rea Farm on Sept. 21, in the dunes near Harvard & Coral in Cape May Point on Sept. 22, and flying over Higbee Beach on Sept. 27.

A LARK SPARROW was seen on Sept. 27 in a residential area along Stimpson's Lane in West Cape May. Another was found at Two Mile Beach on Sept. 23

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

The passerine migration continues to bring an excellent variety of songbirds through Cape May. CONNECTICUT WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, DICKCISSEL, and dozens of other species are being reported regularly. 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 7200 raptors counted from the hawk watch from Sept. 1 to Sept. 26. 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, COMMON SNIPE, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

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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