Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/30/1999
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 30 include reports of EURASIAN WIGEON, WESTERN KINGBIRD, a huge falcon flight on the 30th, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

Note: Forsythe NWR (or Brigantine) will be closed on Thursdays until October 28 for goose management.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the ponds at the Cape May Point State Park on September 25. This is likely the same bird that has been seen for a number of years at the same site.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen near Sunset Road and Stevens Street near West Cape May on September 27.

Songbirds have been relatively scarce this week, except for a flock of 15+ species of warblers that frequented CMBOs Northwood Center on Cape May Point. Other highlights included a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Higbees Beach on the 25th, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Higbees Beach on the 26th, and a MOURNING WARBLER on the same day at the same location.

The Cape May Hawk Watch began its 24th year on September 1 on the newly constructed hawk watch at the Cape May Point State Park. This years primary counter is Dave Hedeen from Cincinnati, OH. Vince Elia will be spelling Dave on his days off. Also there our hawk watch Education Interns, Lara Moeckly and Glen Davis. An incredible falcon flight is under way at the hawk watch as this hot line is being prepared. Preliminary totals indicate over 4,000 AMERICAN KESTRELS and over 600 MERLINS, both all time daily high counts.

CMBOs Avalon Seawatch officially began on September 22nd. The Avalon Seawatch is at 7th street and the beach at the north end of Avalon. This years counter is Chris Wood from Lakewood, Colorado. Fred Mears will do the count on Chris days off and on hand during the peak period will be Glen Davis, Jim Armstrong, and Gail Dwyer.

Local Nature Notes: A huge movement of Monarchs took place on September 24 around Cape May Point with 1,000s of Monarchs in the area and a roost of thousands at Stone Harbor Point. However, within a day or two the numbers had dropped dramatically and the roost at Stone Harbor was nearly empty. The recent cold front should bring another burst of Monarchs.

On Saturday, October 23 there will be a celebration to recognize the transfer of the former Coast Guard property in Lower Township to the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. The site will be known as the "Two Mile Beach Unit". All are welcome. The ceremony is at 10:00 a.m. In addition, the Cape May Bird Observatory will offer 1-hour bird and butterfly walks at the site at 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and one following the ceremony at around 11:00 a.m. The site of the celebration and walks is at the south end of Wildwood Crest, with access off Ocean Drive just as you enter Wildwood Crest.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, 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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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