Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/2/1998
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 2 include reports of MISSISSIPPI KITE, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET at Brig, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

Three MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen around Cape May Point on June 27.

Seven BROWN PELICANS, along with nine NORTHERN GANNETS, were seen off the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on June 28.

The last reports of offshore seabird sightings aboard whale-watching boats comes from June 26: six CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 30 GREATER SHEARWATERS, two MANX SHEARWATERS, 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS, 60+ WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, and two ROSEATE TERNS.

An observer visiting Brigantine NWR on June 30 found no shorebirds, but returned on July 1 after the passage of the cold front to find 35 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 22 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 15 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 6 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and an AMERICAN AVOCET.

At SCMM on the 1st were three BARN SWALLOWS and a SOLITARY SANDPIPER. And on the 2nd there was a WORM-EATING WARBLER on Cape May Point.

Some amazing and belated bird news: a photographer at Hidden Valley Ranch on June 4 took pictures of what was assumed to be a Mississippi Kite. The photos, just recently reviewed, appear to show New Jersey's first record of WHITE-TAILED KITE. Also, a fishing boat captain, while some 14 miles southeast of Cape May, note a bird that landed, remained for five minutes, and flew off. He later perfectly described a PURPLE GALLINULE.

Local nature Notes follow: Hummingbirds are active at feeders again. Remember to continue to clean your hummingbird feeders once a week and refill with fresh solution. Butterfly news included some preliminary results from the Belleplain and Cumberland Butterfly counts. Highlights from the Belleplain count included: Bog Copper, Coral and Striped Hairstreak, Variegated fritillary, Appalachian Brown, Mulberrywing, and Rare Skipper. From the Cumberland count, highlights included: Coral and Striped Hairstreak, Hoary Edge, Wild Indigo Duskywing, and Peck's (or Yellowpatch) 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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