Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/23/1998
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 23 include reports of WHITE IBIS, ROSEATE TERN, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

The WHITE IBIS at Brigantine NWR was still present on July 22. The bird was seen with a flock of over 400 GLOSSY IBIS. It was located with grid number B4 on the Brig map.

A ROSEATE TERN was present among a feeding flock of gulls and terns in the "rips" off Cape May Point on July 23. Also present was a BLACK TERN.

DICKCISSELS were heard over Cape May Point on July 19 and over the Villas on July 21.

Shorebirds continue to move through in good numbers. Northwest winds on July 18 produced a good flight at the South Cape May Meadows which included a WESTERN SANDPIPER, 3 STILT SANDPIPERS, 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 7 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS. Two GULL-BILLED TERNS were also seen at the SCMM.

Swallows have been moving through also, with 13 BANK SWALLOWS on the 18th and 15 on the 21st. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS have also been moving with 10 to 15 on July 18th. BOBOLINKS have been daily, with over 75 tallied over the SCMM on the 18th. Other early passerine migrants being seen include INDIGO BUNTING, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, ORCHARD ORIOLE, and YELLOW WARBLER.

Local nature Notes follow: Hummingbirds are very active at feeders, with young and adults vying for feeder space. Remember to continue to clean your hummingbird feeders once a week and refill with fresh solution. The recent colonization of the southern tip of New Jersey by Spot-winged Pennant, a dragonfly not seen in the state before 1995, continues to expand. Forty-two were tallied this week at the SCMM. Butterfly activity has suddenly increased after a relatively slow summer thus far. Part of this is due to the influx of southern emigrants like Sachem, Buckeye, and Red Admiral. Another emigrant, Cloudless Sulphur, was seen laying eggs on its host plant, Partridge Pea, on July 19. The butterfly walk on Cape May Point enjoyed a fresh brood of Northern Broken Dash, a Comma, lots of Broad-winged Skippers, and a variety of other species. Sweet Pepperbush, an excellent nectar source for butterflies, is in bloom now in wet areas.

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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