Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/15/1999
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. The highlight for the week ending July 15 is a LITTLE STINT found on July 11. We also have other bird news, Nature Notes, and news of CMBO.

A LITTLE STINT was discovered at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on July 11, but the bird has since moved to the impoundment at Higbee Beach. It was present as of 3:20 p.m. on the 15th. The impoundment is reached by walking the dirt road on the right when you reach the end of New England Road. After emerging from the tree canopy, the dike is on your right. Please note, however, that the parking lots at Hidden Valley Ranch and Higbee Beach are closed, and parking along the road is not permitted We strongly suggest that you either bike, or have someone drop you off and pick you up. A word of warning to people who would park at New England and Bayshore Roads (or anywhere along New England Road) to walk down. The farmer who lives on the southwest corner is placing signs on cars that say: WARNING, YOU ARE PARKING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. YOUR CAR WILL BE TOWED. We do NOT need this type of conflict with the community. For the sake of community harmony, please use one of the above options. Another option would be to park at the Concrete Ship and walk up the beach. This takes about 35 minutes.

Other highlights this week included: a large concentration of 260 Snowy Egrets and 50 Great Egrets at SCMM on July 11 (also there were two GULL-BILLED TERNS); WHITE-RUMPED and WESTERN SANDPIPER at the Higbee impoundment on the 14th; and two PARASITIC JAEGERS and a few WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS off Cape May Point on the 14th

Nature Notes: Here are some highlights from the three recent south Jersey butterfly counts. The Belleplain count on June 26 had 48 species including: 2 Pipevine Swallowtails, 2 Little Yellows, 283 Bog Coppers, a Southern Hairstreak, and a Hoary Edge. The Cumberland County count on June 27 had 43 species including: 15 species of skippers (with 5 Hayhurst's Scallopwings, a Little Glassywing, and a Rare Skipper). The Cape May count on July 11 had 43 species including and amazing 22 Pipevine Swallowtails, 2 Little Yellows, 3 Cloudless Sulphurs, 96 Variegated Fritillaries, 3 Fiery Skippers, and a Common Checkered Skipper.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to perpetuate and preserve the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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