Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/8/2004
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 Wednesday, September 8th. Highlights from the last week include ROSEATE TERN, BONAPARTE'S GULL, GREAT CORMORANT, BLACK TERN, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, LARK SPARROW, UPLAND SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, COMMON EIDER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, and WILSON'S PHALAROPE.

Three ROSEATE TERNS were on the beach at Cape May Point on Sept. 4th, and a single one was seen there on Sept. 7th. BONAPARTE'S GULL sightings come from the same beach on Sept. 3rd and from the Cape May Hawk Watch on Sept. 7th. An early immature GREAT CORMORANT was also seen from the Hawk Watch on the 7th.

A young BLACK TERN spent much of the afternoon of Sept. 4th resting on the pipe at Bunker Pond, Cape May Point State Park. An AMERICAN AVOCET was reported from Two Mile Landing on Sept. 5th.

The Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area and the adjacent CMBO Morning Flight Project at the Higbee Dike continue to yield noteworthy birds. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was here on Sept. 4th, the 3rd yielded LARK SPARROW, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, 3 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, and a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO.

The COMMON EIDER that has spent the summer around Cape May with varying numbers of Scoters is still around, reported from Sunset Beach on Sept. 4th when a single BLACK SCOTER was also present.

The Johnson Sod Farm along the Salem/Cumberland County line (be certain to respect private property here), is often a good birding spot at this season. Our most recent report is from Sept. 5th, when 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and 8 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were seen.

Highlights from the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe NWR on Sept. 4th include LARK SPARROW, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, and 11 HUDSONIAN GODWITS. A RUFF and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER were here on Sept. 2nd.

Note that The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The Meadows") will soon be closed for habitat management work - a closure that could continue for a week or more. Cape May Point State Park is also scheduled to be closed for one day - date uncertain, but no earlier than Sept. 10th. On the day of the State Park closure, the Cape May Hawk Watch will move to The Beanery. Contact CMBO for the latest information about closure and the plans for any programs that are disrupted by these closures.

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!

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