Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/28/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Friday July 28. The roster this week includes sightings of DICKCISSEL, BROWN PELICAN, SANDWICH TERN, WILSONS STORM-PETREL and CURLEW SANDPIPER.

Shorebird numbers and diversity are getting better day by day. There have been no less than twenty species reported in the last week. With the shorebird rarities found further to our north it seem that it would be prudent to get out and check your local shorebird hotspot. You never know what you may find. As well, migrant passerines are moving, with the chance of good flights coming form any northwesterly system that may bring respite from the oppressive heat.

A DICKCISSEL was found yesterday 7/27, at the Cape Island Preserve. The bird was reported to be hanging out in an area of purple Vetch.

BROWN PELICANS are being reported form various locations in the Hotline coverage area this week. The most recent report was of 24 BROWN PELICANS at 84th Street in Sea Isle on 7/26.

There are still numbers of WILSONS STORM-PETRELS being seen in from Cape May Point this week. Two were seen yesterday 7/27.

A SANDWICH TERN was seen in the Cape May Point State Park on 7/23.

Lastly, yesterday 7/27 provided a brief view of a CURLEW SANDPIPER on Ocean Drive across from the Mill Creek Marina.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open Thursday through Tuesday, 9-4:30. The Northwood Center will be closed on Wednesdays through the months of July and August and will resume a seven day a week schedule in September. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys 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 $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).


The New Jersey Audubon Societys Center for Research and Education in Goshen is hosting a free shorebird photography exhibit now through August 20th. Featured photographers include Kevin Karlson (co-author of the new Shorebird Guide), Greg Downing, Scott Elowitz and Heather Forcier.

Good luck and Good Birding!

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