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