Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/11/2002
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 11, 2002. Highlights from the last week include RUFF, MARBLED GODWIT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, MISSISSIPPI KITE, VIRGINIA RAIL, LEAST BITTERN, and SORA.

Shorebird numbers are continuing to build in southern New Jersey. A RUFF was seen on July 5 at the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. A MARBLED GODWIT was seen near Ocean Drive, north of 2 mile bridge, on July 7th. The season's first WESTERN SANDPIPER report comes from Stone Harbor Point on July 11th. Birders at Cape May County's better shorebird locations, such as Stone Harbor Point and the South Cape May Meadows, are turning up SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, DUNLIN, SANDERLING, RED KNOT, and a few other species of migrating shorebirds.

The songbird migration has also begun, with southbound YELLOW WARBLERS heard migrating during the night of July 5th. Numbers of all swallows and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are building around Cape May as post-breeding wandering and early migration occurs.

Two MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen high over Cape May Point on July 6th.

Two VIRGINIA RAILS and one LEAST BITTERN were seen on July 8th from the trail at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (South Cape May Meadows). Three LEAST BITTERNS and a SORA were seen at Bunker Pond, Cape May Point State Park, on July 10th.

A RUDDY DUCK hen was seen July 11th on Lily Lake in Cape May Point. A SURF SCOTER drake was seen July 6th on the ocean just off Cape May Point State Park. BROWN PELICAN numbers remain high all along the south Jersey coast. Numbers of herons, egrets, and GLOSSY IBIS have begun to increase dramatically all around Cape May.

Spaces are still available for Pete Dunne's "Shorebird Roundup at Forsythe (Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge" on Friday, July 26th. Spaces are also open for Mark Garland's "Summer Birding at the Delaware Refuges" on Wednesday, August 7. Contact the CMBO Center for Research & Education in Goshen at (609) 861-0700 to register for either or both.

A full-day pelagic trip from Cape May has been planned for Friday, August 23. Contact Mary Gustafson for more details & to register (302-559-5640).

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 our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, 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
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
(609) 884-2736

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