Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/22/1999
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 22 include: a report on the LITTLE STINT, reports of EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE and MARBLED GODWIT, other bird news, Nature Notes, and news of CMBO.

Note: The parking lots at Hidden Valley Ranch and Higbee Beach are closed for the summer. At this time it appears that the lots will re-open on September 9.

There have been no reports of the LITTLE STINT since Sunday morning July 18. The bird appears to have departed for parts unknown.

A EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE was seen along the Garden State Parkway at mile marker 5.2 on July 20.

A WILSON'S PHALAROPE has been trading back and forth between Bunker Pond in the Cape May Point State Park and the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) for most of the week. It was seen as recently as July 22.

A MARBLED GODWIT was a fly-by at the Cape May Point State Park on July 17.

Other highlights this week included: UPLAND SANDPIPER and two WESTERN SANDPIPERS at SCMM on July 17; SOLITARY SANDPIPER at Bunker Pond on the 19th; and six BROWN PELICANS off Cape May Point on the 20th.

LEAST BITTERNS and VIRGINIA RAILS are being seen with some amount of regularity at SCMM.

Nature Notes: A fresh brood of Juniper Hairstreaks has emerged and reports have come in from a number of locations. Fiery Skippers, southern emigrants, have been showing up in fair numbers. A few Cloudless Sulphurs, another southern visitor, have begun to show up. There numbers will probably build throughout the summer given the relative warmth of the last couple of winters. Pipevine Swallowtail reports have declined somewhat, after an unprecedented incursion in early July, although the decline may be related to less observer coverage.

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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