Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/1/2004
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, July 1st. Highlights from the last week include SWAINSON'S WARBLER, ROSEATE TERN, BLACK TERN, MARBLED GODWIT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, COMMON EIDER, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

A SWAINSON'S WARBLER was found near the SW corner of the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on June 30th and reported again on July 1st. As is typical for this species, it is more easily heard than seen.

Stone Harbor Point continues to be a hotspot. One ROSEATE TERN and one BLACK TERN were found here on June 30th, 2 BLACK TERNS on July 1st, 2 ROSEATE TERNS on June 29th, and 35 ROYAL TERNS on June 27th, in addition to the nesting colony with COMMON TERN, LEAST TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, and BLACK SKIMMER.

Shorebird numbers are picking up at Stone Harbor Point and elsewhere as the first southbound migrants join the lingering birds that never left. Noteworthy from the last week were a MARBLED GODWIT on June 26th, side-by-side comparisons of "EASTERN" and "WESTERN" WILLET on many days, 40 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 30 RED KNOTS, and 20 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS on June 29th. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on June 28th.

A first-summer male COMMON EIDER continues to frequent the area between Sunset Beach and the Alexander Avenue jetty in Cape May Point, with our most recent report from June 30th. Two BLACK SCOTERS also continue here. A female SURF SCOTER was found here on June 29th.

An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Sunset Beach on June 29th.

The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's web site at http://www.njaudubon.org

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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