Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/19/1992
You have reached the Cape May birding hotline, a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights of the week ending July 16, 1992, include MISSISSIPPI KITE, AMERICAN AVOCET, and UPLAND SANDPIPER. A first-summer MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen over the Cape May Meadows on July 11, and what was thought to be the same individual was seen over New England Rd. on the 14th. Another MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen over Goshen on the 13th. One AM. AVOCET was seen at Brigantine on July 11. Shorebirds of note at Cape May Point include one UPLAND SANDPIPER on July 14, one STILT SANDPIPER on July 11, one PECTORAL SANDPIPER on July 15. At the Meadows up to 30 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 40 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 3 LEAST SANDPIPERS, and one WHIMBREL were seen during the week. The VIRGINIA RAIL family at the Meadows is still being seen at the end of the central trail. If you have a chance, you should try to see these birds; it's really a fabulous experience, perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. BROWN PELICANS continue to be a daily occurrence, and a good excuse to put in some beach time down here at Cape May. Ducks are returning; many MALLARDS are at Cape May Point for summer molt. Three WOOD DUCKS and a GREEN-WINGED TEAL were in the Meadows on July 13. Summering ducks include 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 10 BLACK SCOTERS at Reed's Beach on the 9th. Landbird migration is underway; the most noticeable species are BOBOLINKS and BANK SWALLOWS, but several YELLOW WARBLERS were seen, one ORCHARD and one NORTHERN ORIOLE, and one BLUE-WINGED WARBLER were also seen this week. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was at Cape May Point on the 10th and the 15th, and a migrant BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was there on the 16th. Several Humpback Whales and many WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS are still being seen from the whalewatching boat 'Holiday,' leaving from Cape May Harbor at 1 pm daily. For information and reservations call (609) 898-0055. If you come down this way, be sure to enjoy the Mimosa trees that are now in bloom, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. [Program announcements omitted. -LL] Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and conservation 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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, phone our office at 609-884-2736 or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L. Larson (llarson@pucc.princeton.edu).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

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