Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/27/2000
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 27 included AMERICAN AVOCET, WESTERN KINGBIRD, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

An AMERICAN AVOCET was at Forsythe NWR on July 27. Also present was a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was reported from Forsythe NWR on July 27, but we have no further details.

WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS continue in Delaware Bay, although most are being seen from the ferry. There were 43 counted on July 25.

Other highlights included NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH at the State Park on July 21, BLACK TERN and two "Western" WILLETS at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 21st, three GULL-BILLED TERNS at SCMM on the 22nd, a dozen PIPING PLOVERS on the beach at the SCMM on the 23rd, and two AMERICAN REDSTARTS at the State Park on the 25th.

Shorebird migration is well under way. The SCMM has very high water levels and is not attracting many shorebirds. The best spots are Stone Harbor Point and, with all the rain, the pools behind the Higbee Beach dike. Some highlights included 10+ WESTERN SANDPIPERS and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Stone Harbor Point, and five STILT SANDPIPERS at the Higbee dike. Seven WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS reported from Nummy Island is early for that many.

Nature Notes: Butterflies haven't had much nectar time, given the rain and clouds of the last week. When any peak of sunshine appears, the CMBO gardens come alive. A new brood of NORTHERN BROKEN DASH has appeared. OLIVE HAIRSTREAKS continue in good numbers. A few AMERICAN SNOUTS have been regular, also. At least 20 SNOWBERRY CLEARWINGS have been frequenting the garden, too.

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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