Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/29/1999
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 29 include RUFF (at Brig), WILSON'S PHALAROPE, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, on the other bird news, local Nature Notes, and news of CMBO.

Note: The parking lots at Hidden Valley Ranch and Higbee Beach are closed for the summer. At this time it appears that the lots will re-open on September 9.

A RUFF was discovered at Forsythe NWR (otherwise known as Brig) on July 27. The bird was near the south dike of the west pool.

A WILSON'S PHALAROPE that had been trading back and forth between Bunker Pond in the Cape May Point State Park and the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) for most of the week, was last seen at the Higbee Beach impoundment on July 28.

Up to five LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were present in the SCMM for most of the week.

An early season songbird flight occurred on July 26. Most of the flight consisted of YELLOW WARBLERS (an estimated 100 were around the Cape May area). Also seen were three LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, three NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, two AMERICAN REDSTARTS, and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER.

Other highlights this week included: four BROWN PELICANS off Cape May Point on July 23rd; summering BLACK SCOTERS and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS off Town Bank on the 24th; PEREGRINE FALCON on the water tower at Sunset Beach on the 27th; UPLAND SANDPIPER at New England and Bayshore Roads on the 27th; and AMERICAN WIGEON at the SCMM on the 28th.

Nature Notes: The first significant southbound push of Monarchs was noted on July 27. This was triggered by two days of northwesterly winds behind a front. These individuals probably represent the final fall generation of Monarchs from Canada and New England that are migrating instead of mating. Monarchs from the local New Jersey population are still mating, egg-laying, and dying and will not produce the migratory generation until later this fall. Up to four Juniper Hairstreaks have been seen in the gardens here at the Research Center. The gardens also have lots of Broad-winged Skippers, some Sachems, Silver-spotted Skippers, and, on July 29, a Variegated Fritillary.

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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