Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/21/2000
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 20 included BROWN PELICAN, GULL-BILLED TERN, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

BROWN PELICAN sightings have been on the increase. Sightings of 10-15 birds have been reported from several locations.

Two to three GULL-BILLED TERNS have been frequenting the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on a regular basis, suggesting a nearby nesting location.

Other highlights this week included: WHITE-WINGED SCOTER off the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on July 15 and 16, two RUDDY DUCKS on Lighthouse pond on the 17th and 19th, and three or four WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS off Cape May Point on the 18th.

A LEAST BITTERN was heard at the SCMM on the 15th, and one was seen at the State Park on the 17th.

Nature Notes: The gardens at CMBO's Education and Research Center have been alive with butterflies when it isn't raining. There have been hundreds of Broad-winged Skippers, with smaller numbers of Sachems. Two Rare Skippers were present on July 18. Other highlights included seven Olive Hairstreaks on the 18th, and Wild Indigo on the 17th. This is one of the best broods of both Horace's Duskywing and Wild Indigo in recent memory. On the very unusual side were two Edward's Hairstreaks in Peaslee WMA on the 16th.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, 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. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point.

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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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