Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/30/1998
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 30 include reports of WOOD STORK, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, BLACK TERN, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

A WOOD STORK was reported from the Tuckahoe area on July 24, but with no details and no further information.

A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was in the South Cape May Meadows on July 28.

UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at New England and Bayshore Roads on July 26, and over Lily Lake on the 30th.

A BLACK TERN was also at Lily Lake on July 30.

A BALD EAGLE was over Cape May Point State Park on July 24 and what was probably the same bird was over Lily Lake on the 25th.

A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was hunting over Cape May Point on July 25.

Shorebird migration continues, with a good movement at the SCMM on July 25 highlighted by 7 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 7 WHIMBREL, 5 STILT SANDPIPERS, and a WESTERN SANDPIPER.

Songbird migration was represented by a dozen YELLOW WARBLERS that passed through the SCMM on July 25. NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES were in the SCMM and the State Park on the 28th. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen at Cape May Beach on the 26th, and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was on Cape May Point on the 28th. WILLOW FLYCATCHERS (probably local breeders) were in the State Park on the 26th and the 28th.

Local nature Notes follow: Hummingbirds are very active at feeders, with young and adults vying for feeder space. Remember to continue to clean your hummingbird feeders once a week and refill with fresh solution. The recent colonization of the southern tip of New Jersey by Four-Spotted Pennant, a dragonfly not seen in the state before 1995, continues to expand. Forty-two were tallied recently at the SCMM and others have been seen in the State Park. Butterfly activity has suddenly increased after a relatively slow summer thus far. Part of this is due to the influx of southern emigrants like Sachem, Buckeye, and Red Admiral.

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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