Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/9/2007
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 Sunday September 9, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, AMERICAN AVOCET, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, LARK SPARROW, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, and SAY'S PHOEBE.

The long staying ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues at the Brigantine NWR as of 9/4. This bird is still being seen in the gull pond area.

Shorebird diversity has been excellent on Bunker pond at the Cape May Point State Park. Yesterday, 9/8, all five peep were observed in the Bunker pond vicinity. Also noted on Bunker pond was one LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER on 9/7.

A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER continues to be seen between Bunker pond and the plover ponds as of yesterday, 9/8.

Also at the Cape May Point State Park yesterday (9/8) were and amazing, for Cape May, 22 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS.

Three AMERICAN AVOCETS were observed at Brigantine NWR 9/2-9/4.


The YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD continues at Brigantine NWR as of 9/3..

The SAY'S PHOEBE found at TNC's CMMBR was last seen on the evening of 9/4.

On 9/5, a LARK SPARROW was found in the location along the dunes where the phoebe had been seen the previous day. There has been no further report of this species since.

A handful of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS have been observed in Cape May this week. The most recent was on 9/8 as a flyover at St. Mary's in Cape May Point. Also on 9/4 as a fly over at the CMBO hawk watch.

Lastly, two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were observed on the dune, mixed in with a group of GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS at TNC's CMMBR on 9/6.


CMBO is offering a special to new and upgraded membership renewals. Join CMBO for the first time or upgrade from Individual or Family to The Hundred and receive Charley Harper's Migration Mainline- Cape May lithograph poster, valued at $50. Call either CMBO center to ask an associate about joining today!

CMBO Bookstore hours are as follows; Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point has returned to a seven day a week schedule. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday- Sunday 9:30- 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 $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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