Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/18/2002
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 18, 2002. Highlights from the last week include WHITE-FACED IBIS, MANX SHEARWATER, and news of returning shorebirds.

A MANX SHEARWATER was off Cape May Point on July 17 feeding with gulls and terns. A small shearwater reported off Higbee Beach on the 16th was most likely this bird.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS continues at Forsythe NWR, last reported on July 17.

Shorebird numbers are continuing to build in southern New Jersey. Two "WESTERN WILLETS" were at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (otherwise known as the South Cape May Meadows). Also at the Meadows were WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER on the 12th and STILT SANDPIPER on the 18th. Up to 200 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS have also been present. Twenty "WESTERN WILLETS" were at Stone Harbor Point on July 15, along with 50 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS. Stone Harbor Point also has about 200 nesting COMMON TERNS and 400 nesting BLACK SKIMMERS. Also nesting are a few pairs of PIPING PLOVERS and a pair of GULL-BILLED TERNS.

A few WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS are still being seen off Cape May Point.

A RUDDY DUCK hen was seen July 15th at the South Cape May Meadows. 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.

On the songbird front, three migrant BANK SWALLOWS were at the South Cape May Meadows on July 17. Numbers of swallows and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are building around Cape May as post-breeding wandering and early migration occurs.

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
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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