Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/8/2004
[the text of the July 1 hotline was inadvertently posted as the July 8 hotline. This is the correct text. My apologies. JMB]

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 8th. Highlights from the last week include ARCTIC TERN, SWAINSON'S WARBLER, ROSEATE TERN, MARBLED GODWIT, and COMMON EIDER.

A 1st year ARCTIC TERN was seen on July 6 at Stone Harbor Point, the most reliable spot in the state for this rare onshore tern.

The SWAINSON'S WARBLER, found near the SW corner of the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on June 30th has been reported as recently as July 5th. As is typical for this species, it is more easily heard than seen.

Also at Stone Harbor Point there have been up to six different ROSEATE TERNS in addition to the nesting colony with COMMON TERN, LEAST TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, and BLACK SKIMMER. A MARBLED GODWIT was seen in the area on July 7.

A first-summer male COMMON EIDER continues to frequent the area between Sunset Beach and the Alexander Avenue jetty in Cape May Point, with our most recent report from July 8th.

Eight BROWN PELICANS were off the South Cape May Meadows on July 5.

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!

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