Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/4/2002
Mark S. Garland
Senior Naturalist
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
(609) 884-2736


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 4, 2002. Highlights from the last week include BLACK TERN, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, NORTHERN GANNET, BROWN PELICAN, DUNLIN, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, "WESTERN WILLET", GREATER YELLOWLEGS, MERLIN, PEREGRINE FALCON, PIPING PLOVER, LEAST TERN, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, and CATTLE EGRET.

A BLACK TERN was seen from Ocean Drive on June 28th, and one was seen at Stone Harbor Point on June 29th and again on the 30th.

Ocean-watchers are still finding interesting birds from shore around Cape May. This week?s WILSON'S STORM-PETREL reports come from July 1st from the Second Avenue Jetty (2 birds), June 30th from the Avalon Seawatch (4 birds), and June 28th from Reeds Beach (5 ? 7 birds). Single NORTHERN GANNETS were reported from the Second Avenue Jetty on July 1st, from the Avalon Seawatch on June 30th, and from Reeds Beach on June 28th. BROWN PELICANS are being seen daily now from many Cape May County coastal locations, both along the Atlantic and on Delaware Bay.

The early stage of autumn migration has clearly begun in Cape May. Shorebirds are trickling back into the area, with DUNLIN, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, "WESTERN WILLET", and GREATER YELLOWLEGS all reported during the last week. A southbound MERLIN was seen over West Cape May on July 4th, and a PEREGRINE FALCON was seen several times over Cape May Point State Park on June 27th. Another PEREGRINE was seen at Reeds Beach on June 28th.

PIPING PLOVERS and LEAST TERNS are nesting on the beach at the South Cape May Meadows, near the point where the east path crosses the dune. A pair of AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS is frequenting the beach here, too, and may be nesting nearby.

CATTLE EGRETS have been very scarce on Cape Island this year, but one was seen near the Rea Farm (?The Beanery?) on July 2nd.

Spaces are still available for Pete Dunne's 'Shorebird Roundup at Forsythe (Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge' on Friday, July 26th. Spaces are also open for Mark Garland?s 'Summer Birding at the Delaware Refuges' on Wednesday, August 7. Contact the CMBO Center for Research & Education in Goshen at (609) 861-0700 to register for either or both.

A full-day pelagic trip from Cape May has been planned for Friday, August 23. Contact Mary Gustafson for more details & to register (302-559-5640).

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 our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, 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 include some reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report 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!

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