Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/8/1999
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 8, 1999, include reports of EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE, WHITE-FACED IBIS, ICELAND GULL, A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER report, other bird news, 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.

On July 7 a EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE was seen sporadically in the vicinity of the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) along Sunset Boulevard. It was perching on wires and poles and was also seen on Sea Grove Ave. and on West Ave.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen on several days this week at Forsythe NWR (otherwise knows as Brig). It was reported as recently as July 8 and has been seen in the northwest corner of the west pool, mainly in the morning around 8 or 9 a.m.

An ICELAND GULL continues to be seen at the out fall of Fishing Creek at the end of Miami Ave. in Villas.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was reported by observers in a car headed south on the Garden State Parkway at Mile marker 25.4. The bird was said to be flying east.

Other highlights this week included: two GULL-BILLED TERNS, four GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and eight BLUE-WINGED TEAL at SCMM on July 5; and STILT SANDPIPER and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at SCMM on the July 7.

A few BROWN PELICANS are being seen offshore around Cape May Point, as are several immature NORTHERN GANNETS.

Nature Notes: The excessive heat has made butterfly searching a difficult proposition this week. Butterfly activity decreases as the heat builds. The big highlight this week was a sighting of GREAT SPANGLED FRITILLARY at Heislerville in Cumberland County on July 6. COMMON WOOD NYMPHS are out in good numbers. This is the dark brown butterfly with the pale patch on the fore-wing.

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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