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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/23/2009
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009.

Highlights this week include sightings of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, WHITE- WINGED SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, GREATER SHEARWATER, WILSON'S STORM- PETREL, AMERICAN AVOCET, UPLAND SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GULL-BILLED TERN, ROSEATE TERN, SANDWICH TERN, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and SUMMER TANAGER.

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A ROSEATE SPOONBILL was discovered along the north dike at Brig/ Forsythe NWR on 7/18 and continued through at least 7/22. Also at Brig this week were AMERICAN AVOCET and STILT SANDPIPER.

2 ROSEATE TERNS were seen together on the beach between St. Mary's and Whilldin Avenue in Cape May Point on 7/18. Also seen from Cape May Point this week were GREATER SHEARWATER and WILSON'S STORM-PETREL.

A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen from Norbury's Landing on 7/19. A BLACK SCOTER continues to be seen along the beachfront adjacent to the South Cape May Meadows/CMMBR.

Also along the Meadows beachfront this week have been at least 5 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. An UPLAND SANDPIPER flew over the Meadows on 7/20, and a GULL-BILLED TERN was seen along the east path on 7/22.

A WORM-EATING WARBLER was noted from the Higbee dike on 7/19. Breeding birds noted at Belleplain State Forest this week included ACADIAN FLYCATCHER and SUMMER TANAGER.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: *CMBO's Northwood Center will be closed for inventory on July 28th and 29th. CMBO-CRE will be closed for inventory August 27th and 28th.*

CMBO is offering a special to new and upgraded membership renewals. Join CMBO for the first time or upgrade from Individual or Family to The Hundred and receive Charley Harper's Migration Mainline- Cape May lithograph poster, valued at $50. Call either CMBO center to ask an associate about joining today! The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discounts in the stores).

Good luck and good birding!

 
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