Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/9/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Saturday September 9. The roster this week includes sightings of MOURNING WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, LARK SPARROW, GULL-BILLED TERN, BLACK TERN, MARBLED GODWIT and EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE.

Tropical Storm Ernesto brought stronger than forecast winds as well as plenty of birds. All three Jaeger species were spotted from Sunset Beach. A variety of terns including ARCTIC TERN, SOOTY TERN and BRIDLED TERN along with many RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were seen.

In the last week the Morning Flight Project has had a few excellent days. Between 9/7 and 9/8 over 2300 birds were counted with 26 species of warbler being seen from the dike. Highlights include; CONNECTICUT WARBLER (9/7 & 9/8), GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (9/8) and many TENNESSEE WARBLERS. A late SUMMER TANAGER rounded out the count for 9/7.

Not only was CONNECTICUT WARBLER reported from the Morning Flight Project, evidently a few were lucky enough to find one in the woods at Higbee's Beach on the morning of 9/7.

There were also reports of GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS on 9/3 and 9/7 at Higbee's Beach.

A MOURNING WARBLER was seen from the trails of the Cape May Point State Park on 9/6.

The LARK SPARROW, which was evidently a bit of a hit or miss bird, originally found on 9/3, has not been reported since 9/5.

On 9/6 three GULL-BILLED TERNS flew over the hawkwatch platform at the Cape May Point State Park.

BLACK TERNS are still being reported with regularity in the Cape May area this week. The majority of sightings seem to be coming from the Cape May Point State Park.

Also seen at the Cape May Point State Park were two EURASIAN COLLARED DOVES on 9/4.

Lastly; a number of MARBLED GODWITS have been seen in the Stone Harbor Point vicinity also near the free bridge to Nummy Island. A minimum of twelve were reported on 9/8

CMBO's bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point has returned to a 7 day a week schedule, open 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good luck and Good Birding!

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