Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/8/2005
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 8. Highlights include CURLEW SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, SANDWICH TERN, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, PAINTED BUNTING.

The past week saw several good morning flights at the Higbee Dike (and elsewhere along the Delaware Bayshore). Good numbers of CEDAR WAXWING and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH are reported. Less common birds there, and in Higbee, include: YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, GOLDEN-WINGED, MOURNING and CONNECTICUT WARBLER. The PAINTED BUNTING, 1st year female, was reported in the first field at Higbee on September 8.

For Morning Flight, plan to get to the north end of Higbee Beach by sunrise. Flights last until about 9:00 a. m. but are better before 8:00.

The Cape May Hawkwatch is usually best after 9:00 a.m. and the year is off to a good start. Totals in excess of 200 individual birds were tallied on three of the first four days of the count. Exceptional numbers of OSPREY and BALD EAGLES are being recorded - of the former on September 1, 20 of the latter on September 3.

For perspectives sake, in 1979 a total of 6 Bald Eagles were tallied all season.

Shorebirds continue to be seen in numbers and variety at Stone Harbor Point, Brigantine NWR and the Johnson's Sod Farm. AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, BUFF-BREASTED and UPLAND SANDPIPERS were all at the Johnson Sod Farm during the week (remember, private property--don't trespass; don't park so as to inconvenience workers or local drivers). At Brigantine on September 7 there were 5 BAIRD'S, 1 BUFF-BREASTED and 1 HUDSONIAN GODWIT. The CURLEW SANDPIPER was at Stone Harbor on September 4 (along with 4 MARBLED GODWIT) and BROWN PELICAN. A single BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was in the =93plover pond=94 in Cape May Point State Park during the week.

Advice for visiting birders trying to work out an itinerary. Bird Higbee Beach early in the day. Go to the Hawkwatch Platform around mid-morning to catch the news and the flight. Do afternoon trips to Stone Harbor or the Delaware Bayshore or Brigantine. The water levels in the South Cape May Meadows are finally dropping. Shorebirds should oblige by dropping in.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory. For more current information and details relating to these sightings and others stop by the Northwood Center in Cape May Point or the Center for Research and Education in Goshen and check the bird sighting sheets. You can also pick up a birding map, checklists, and information relating to our programs and events (daily walks and workshops), as well as registration information for the annual Cape May Autumn Weekend / THE Bird Show (slated for October 27-29). For additional information call 609-884-2736 or 609-861-0700. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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