Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/29/2004
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 29th. Highlights from the last week include CURLEW SANDPIPER, RUFF, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, MARBLED GODWIT, STILT SANDPIPER, COMMON EIDER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, ROSEATE TERN, and news of the migration.

A CURLEW SANDPIPER has been present from July 24th through at least the 28th at Stone Harbor Point.

Highlights this week from the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge include RUFF on July 23rd through the 25th, and AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, MARBLED GODWIT, and at least 20 STILT SANDPIPERS on July 24th and 25th.

8 MARBLED GODWITS and 12 WHIMBREL were seen flying over the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The Meadows") on July 23rd.

One COMMON EIDER, one SURF SCOTER, and 5 BLACK SCOTERS continue to spend summer off Cape May Point, our most recent report being from July 26th.

A major movement of migratory songbirds was noted on the morning of July 26, when roughly 80 YELLOW WARBLERS, 5 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, 3 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, and single WORM-EATING WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO were found at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area. Other migrant songbirds have been reported at various sites around Cape May every day this week.

Four WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were seen off Cape May Point on July 24th, and 6 on the 23rd. Five were here on the 22nd, along with an adult ROSEATE TERN.

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 the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, 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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