Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/17/2003
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 Friday, July 18, 2003. Highlights from the last week include LITTLE STINT, ARCTIC TERN, ROSEATE TERN, BLACK TERN, SANDWICH TERN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, WESTERN SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, and WHITE-FACED IBIS.

Shorebird numbers are building rapidly throughout southern New Jersey, though the adult LITTLE STINT that was found at Stone Harbor Point on July 9 has not been seen since the 10th. Twenty WESTERN SANDPIPERS and a single STILT SANDPIPER were seen on July 16th at the "Higbee Impoundment," the pools atop the dredge spoil pile across the canal from the Cape May Ferry landing, along with many other shorebirds. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was here on the 18th.

Stone Harbor Point is harboring ever-increasing numbers of southbound shorebirds (including many WESTERN SANDPIPERS) along with a tremendous variety of terns. Individual birds come and go, but recent high counts of unusual species include 3 ARCTIC TERNS, 7 ROSEATE TERNS, 9 BLACK TERNS, and 1 SANDWICH TERN, these reports all from July 12th. A first summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was here on the 10th. No ARCTIC TERNS have been found since the 12th, but the others continue. Best times to see these birds resting on the flats are after noon and at times of higher tides.

A MARBLED GODWIT has been seen several times at Stone Harbor Point and at nearby Nummy Island. Our most recent report is from the 14th. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was found on July 12th at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

A few notable lingering birds continue to be found around Cape May, including a COMMON MOORHEN at the South Cape May Meadows on July 15th, a PIED-BILLED GREBE at Bunker Pond, Cape May Point State Park, on the 15th, and a RED-THROATED LOON from the end of Shellbay Ave. on July 13th.

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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