Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/6/2001
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 6 include PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, SANDWICH TERN, LARK SPARROW, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER was discovered at the Johnson Sod Farm on the September 4 on the Salem/Cumberland County borders, and was seen again on today September 6. This is the first record for New Jersey and only the second for the east coast. The bird is being seen along Rte. 690, to mile from Rte. 77. Route 690 is called Hannans Lane off Rte. 77, but is called Olivet Road further east. [From Cape May,] take Rte. 55 to the exit for Garden Rd. (Exit 35). Take Garden Rd, west to its end and go left onto Olivet Road.

Two SANDWICH TERNS were on the beach at the Cape May Point SP on September 1 and were seen again on the 4th.

A LARK SPARROW was at Higbee Beach on September 1, but there have been no further reports.

Other highlights included a good tally of warblers at Higbee Beach on the 5th, including CERULEAN, CONNECTICUT and WILSON'S WARBLERS.

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. 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!

Vincent J. Elia
Research Associate
Cape May Bird Observatory
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, N. J., 08210

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