Hotline: Cape May Birding Hotline
To Report: call: (609) 884-2736 or email: coturnicops AT gmail DOT com
Coverage: Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic Counties, NJ
Compiler: Tom Reed
is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape
May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Thursday, August 30, 2012. Included this week are sightings of REDDISH EGRET, BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, BLACK SCOTER, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RED KNOT, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, BLACK TERN, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, "BREWSTER'S" WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, and PURPLE FINCH.
New Jersey's second-ever REDDISH EGRET was seen again at Brig/Forsythe NWR on 8/24 and 8/27, but has not been reported since. Other sightings from "Brig" this week included the continuing BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK, a HUDSONIAN GODWIT on 8/28, and 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES on 8/25.
An excellent songbird flight occurred on 8/29, with highlights from the Higbee Dike consisting of 374 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES (a record count for CMBO's Morning Flight project), 4 early PURPLE FINCHES, 2 LARK SPARROWS, 2 DICKCISSELS, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and a "BREWSTER'S" WARBLER. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW passed the dike on 8/27, while a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER were tallied there on 8/25.
Two UPLAND SANDPIPERS briefly visited the Higbee Dike on 8/29, and a flock of 8 HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen flying south past the Dike on 8/25. A fly-by WILSON'S PHALAROPE was snagged from the South Cape May Meadows on the evening of 8/28, and at least 580 RED KNOTS were noted at Stone Harbor Point on 8/27. Farther afield, at least 4 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER have been noted at the Johnson Sod Farm (Cumberland Co.) during the past few days. A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was also noted at North Brigantine Natural Area on 8/28.
BLACK TERN numbers have dwindled somewhat in the past week, though up to two dozen can still be found most mornings in the mouth of Delaware Bay. WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS continued to be seen from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, while 25 BROWN PELICANS and a BLACK SCOTER were sighted from the Higbee Dike on 8/24.
Cape May Point's resident EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES continue to show regularly in the area of Yale, Whildin and Harvard Avenues.
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
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