Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/25/2002
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, July 25, 2002. Highlights from the last week include AMERICAN AVOCET, WHITE-FACED IBIS, SANDWICH TERN, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, and news of returning shorebirds.

An American Avocet was found at the South Cape May Meadows on July 25. The meadows continues to be good for migrant shorebirds with lots of Short-billed Dowitchers and Least Sandpipers, and smaller numbers of other shorebirds like Stilt, Western, and Pectoral Sandpipers.

A White-faced Ibis continues at Forsythe NWR, last reported on July 22, and a Sandwich Tern was at Stone Harbor Point on July 24. Forsythe NWR had a Hudsonian Godwit on July 20 and 21. A first summer Black Tern was around the South Cape May Meadows for a on July 20 and 21. A few Wilson's Storm-Petrels are still being seen off Cape May Point. A Surf Scoter was seen off Cape May Point on July 19 and 20.

It is still early for any meaningful songbird migration. A few Bobolinks and Yellow Warblers have been moving, as have Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds. A Louisiana Waterthrush was at CMBO's Northwood Center on July 25.

Spaces are still available for Pete Dunne's "Shorebird Roundup at Forsythe (Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge" on Friday, July 26th. Spaces are also open for Mark Garland's "Summer Birding at the Delaware Refuges" on Wednesday, August 7. Contact the CMBO Center for Research & Education in Goshen at (609) 861-0700 to register for either or both.

A full-day pelagic trip from Cape May has been planned for Friday, August 23. Contact Mary Gustafson for more details & to register (302-559-5640).

The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird walks that require no pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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