Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/3/2004
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 2nd. Highlights from the last week include RED PHALAROPE, LARK SPARROW, ROSEATE TERN, BLACK TERN, SANDWICH TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, BONAPARTE'S GULL, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, DICKCISSEL, UPLAND SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, and news of the migration.

A RED PHALAROPE flew over the Higbee Dike on Aug. 31st.

Two LARK SPARROWS were at the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May NWR on Aug. 29th.

Large flocks of gulls, terns, skimmers, and shorebirds have been lounging on the beach at Cape May Point State Park and at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge all week. Highlights have included ROSEATE TERN and BLACK TERN on Aug. 27th, SANDWICH TERN on Aug. 28th, GULL-BILLED TERN on the 27th and the 28th, and BONAPARTE'S GULL on the 27th and 28th. Six BLACK TERNS were seen from Cape May Point on the 26th.

Three GULL-BILLED TERNS and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen on Aug. 27th at the impoundment atop the dredge spoil at Higbee, and two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were here on the 28th. Two MARBLED GODWITS were at the Hereford Inlet on Sept.1st. A GULL-BILLED TERN was at Lily Lake in Cape May Point on Aug. 31st. BROWN PELICANS have been reported from along the Cape May coast every day this week.

The CMBO fall program season began on September 1, and a cold front conveniently passed through Cape May on August 31st, resulting in a great first day at the Hawk Watch and on the first day of interpretive programming at the Morning Flight Project. 306 raptors were counted on Sept. 1, including 5 Bald Eagles, and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and 23 species of warblers (including nearly 2000 American Redstarts) were tallied by the Morning Flight Project. One highlight here on Sept. 2 was a DICKCISSEL. Another OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen here on Aug. 31st, along with over 5000 BOBOLINKS.

The statewide hotline is loaded with good birds this week. Highlights include: 4-5 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, 2-4 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and 19 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS on Aug. 29th - 30th at the Johnson Sod Farm along the Salem/Cumberland County line (be certain to respect private property here); an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN in the west pool of the Forsythe NWR through at least Aug. 29th, an AMERICAN AVOCET and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at Forsythe on the 29th, and 11 HUDSONIAN GODWITS here on Sept 1st.

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!

Mark S. Garland
Senior Naturalist
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
(609) 884-2736

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