Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/5/2002
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 5, 2002. Highlights from the last week include WHITE IBIS, SABINE'S GULL, MARBLED GODWIT, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, PARASITIC JAEGER, SANDWICH TERN, LARK SPARROW, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, and news of the migration.

A young WHITE IBIS was seen from the Cape May Hawkwatch on Sept. 5th.

A SABINE'S GULL was seen offshore from Cape May Point on Sept. 2nd.

A MARBLED GODWIT was reported from the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on Sept. 4th. Four BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were seen here on Aug. 30th.

Four PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen offshore from Cape May Point on Sept. 2nd, along with 6 BLACK TERNS.

A flyover WILSON'S PHALAROPE was seen from the Cape May Hawkwatch on Sept. 4th.

A SANDWICH TERN was seen on the beach at Cape May Point State Park on Sept. 4th. Three SANDWICH TERNS were at Stone Harbor Point on Aug. 31st.

A LARK SPARROW and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER were noted flying over the Higbee Dike on Sept. 2nd.

More than 70 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were seen this week at the Johnson's Sod Farm, located along the east side of Rt. 77 southwest of Elmer.

Cape May County Airport harbored 3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS and 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS in the rain on Sept. 1st.

Songbird migration is picking up speed, and the birds turn over at Cape May almost every day. Some of the recent noteworthy sightings include GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on Sept. 5th, CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Cape May Point State Park on the 5th, BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS at Higbee on the 3rd and the 5th, BREWSTER'S WARBLER at Higbee on Sept. 4th, CERULEAN WARBLER at Higbee on the 3rd, and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER in West Cape May on Aug. 30th. Empidonax flycatchers are being frequently seen, along with almost all of the expected migrant warblers. BOBOLINKS are currently abundant around Cape May.

The raptor migration is also underway, with an excellent flight occurring today, Sept. 5.

Spaces are still open for the bullet workshop on Raptors October 12 & 13. Spaces are also still available for the full 5-day workshop on Raptor Migration, October 20 24. New half-day Migration Hotspot programs are scheduled for Sept. 14, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, and Nov. 2. Contact CMBO at (609) 861-0700 for more information about these and other upcoming programs for the busy and exciting fall migration season.

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 our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, 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
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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