Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/16/1998
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending July 16 include reports of MISSISSIPPI KITE, BROWN PELICAN, GULL-BILLED TERN, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was reported from the Lily Lake area on July 11.

A flock of 7 Brown Pelicans were seen off the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on July 10, with 3 the following day off Cape May Point.

Two GULL-BILLED TERNS were in the SCMM on July 11.

A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at the SCMM on the evening of July 12. Mid- summer sightings of nighthawk are quite uncommon at Cape May.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was on Cape May Point on July 16.

Northwest winds on July 11 brought an excellent early season flight of birds to the SCMM including 500 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 90 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 45 LESSER YELLOWLEGS (along with smaller numbers of other shorebirds). Also noted were 80 BOBOLINKS, 15 BANK SWALLOWS, 5 INDIGO BUNTINGS, 4 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS, and an ORCHARD ORIOLE.

VIRGINIA RAIL sightings have been regular in the SCMM. One or two can usually be seen at the edge of the last pool on the west side of the center path near the dune. LEAST BITTERNS have been more active recently with birds seen in flight at SCMM. There are still at least five adult BLUE-WINGED TEAL and nine young teal. An AMERICAN COOT also continue to summer.

Local nature Notes follow: Hummingbirds are very active at feeders, with young and adults vying for feeder space. Remember to continue to clean your hummingbird feeders once a week and refill with fresh solution. Butterfly news includes results from the Cape May butterfly count. A total of 47 species were tallied with an additional 2 count week. Highlights included: 3 Fiery Skippers, 6 Rare Skippers, 11 Olive Hairstreaks, Bronze Copper, and Viceroy. Good numbers of Monarchs were seen (108). Common Buckeye, a southern emigrant, have just recently returned to New Jersey, as id evidenced by the 40 from the Cape May count. Four-spotted Pennant, a southern dragonfly, appears to have colonized the southern tip of the Cape May peninsula, after being seen here for the first time only two or three years ago. Up to 22 were present around SCMM on July 11. Horseshoe Crabs continue to lay eggs along the Delaware Bay beaches through the summer, and the tide line is still full of eggs.

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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