Date: 9/8/19 7:17 pm
From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Yong Comment - Re: [JERSEYBI] Cape May notes, 6 Sep - Dorian, songbirds
Thanks for the Cape Island *smoke signal* Tom !!! Much appreciated.

I made my first 2019 fall Pilgrimage to Cape Island Friday. As an outsider
visiting birder's perspective, birds observed at Higbee WMA on Friday was
over the top especially with local Cape Island birders pointing out birds
for me to see.
I had the another *top domestic clearance* from Mary to head down again to
Cape Island today. But I refused. Reason ? Simple.

I wanted to bird around the home yard and the hood instead. As expected,
home birding will never rival cape island birding. For this and next week, I
am going to get the Sharpie out and include my homewoods boundary to become
part of the Cape Island.

As a consolation prize birding at Brig today, Marc and I found an
interesting plover at dogleg. All common sense tells me it was nothing more
than an American Golden Plover, if at that at best. But it was fun trying
to think out side of the *bird* box.

Yong Kong
Winslow Township, Camden County

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Reed
Sent: Friday, September 6, 2019 10:19 PM
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cape May notes, 6 Sep - Dorian, songbirds

Hurricane Dorian departed the Carolinas this morning and accelerated to the
northeast during the rest of the day, bringing fringe impacts to the Cape
May area. Dorian’s outer rain bands reached the Cape around sunrise, with
occasional downpours occurring through the late AM. Winds were generally
from the northeast and in the 20-25mph range during daylight hours, but have
shifted this evening to the north with highest gusts near 40mph along the
immediate coast. Since the storm’s center remained well east of the area, we
didn’t expect to find any “true” hurricane birds and that has held true so
far. However, there were a few weather-related goodies:

Roseate Tern: at least 6 found, with most during the afternoon (3 at 2nd
Ave, Cape May City + 3 at Coral Ave, Cape May Pt). All were adults.

American Golden-Plover: grounded singles at the South Cape May Meadows and
South Seaville, plus another flying past the Higbee dike during the mid-AM.

Baird’s Sandpiper: one flew past the Higbee dike during the mid-AM.

Red-necked Phalarope: a juv. along the east path of the South Cape May
Meadows, present through the day.

Also in the mix and indicative of the conditions were 5+ Black Terns,
several White-rumped Sandpipers, and an influx of Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

A bit surprising was the surge of American Redstarts at Cape Island this
morning. About 500 flew north past the Higbee dike between rain squalls, and
many others were found in mixed feeding flocks between Higbee and Cape May
Pt. The morning flight count also recorded 1000+ Bobolinks, a Yellow-headed
Blackbird, and a Connecticut Warbler. A Lark Sparrow was found near the
South Cape May Meadows parking lot during the AM.

As Dorian departs, we’ll be left with a period of westerlies that should
produce some migrants throughout the weekend.


Tom Reed
Reed's Beach NJ
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