Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/28/2000
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending September 28 include WHITE IBIS, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, other bird news, Monarch news, and news of CMBO.

An adult WHITE IBIS was a fly-over at the Cape May Point State Park on September 25. The bird headed over the bay toward Delaware.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was reported from Bay Point Rd. on the Delaware Bay shore in Cumberland County on September 23.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was on Oak Street, Cape May Point (CMPt) on September 23.

A EURASIAN WIGEON has returned once again the ponds in the Cape May Point State Park. Assuming it has been the same bird each year, this is its 8th consecutive year.

Other highlights this week included CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Higbee Beach on the 22nd, MOURNING WARBLER on CMPt on the 23rd, four BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS at the south end of Cape May County airport on the 23rd, LINCOLN'S SPARROW at Higbee Beach on the 25th, JUVENILE LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Avalon Sea Watch on the 25th, and a good heron flight on the evening of the 26th with about 200 GREAT BLUE HERONS and 50+ BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS.

The Cape May Hawk Count tallied 15 BALD EAGLES on September 27. Late September and early October is usually the peak of the falcon and accipiter flights, along with OSPREYS. The Avalon Sea Watch began on September 22 with good flights of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS.

There has been a definite increase in Monarch activity. Monarch flights typically peak in late September and early October.

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. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point.

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 142 Moore St., Princeton 08540.

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