Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/1/2001
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory, for the week ending August 2. Highlights include CURLEW SANDPIPER, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A CURLEW SANDPIPER continues at Stone Harbor Point (SHPt), seen as recently as August 1. The shorebirds at SHPt can best be viewed around the time of high tide, especially the incoming tide.

There are good numbers of shorebirds at SHPt, including 200+ WESTERN SANDPIPERS on July 28 along with more than a dozen Western Willets. The Bivalve impoundment has about 6,000 shorebirds, mostly SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS.

Other highlights this week included: seven ORCHARD ORIOLES, ten+ YELLOW WARBLERS, and two BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS at Cape May Point SP on July 28, TWO ROYAL TERNS at Cape May Point on August 1, and an American Redstart near Wildwood Crest on August 1.

An odd-looking luecistic LAUGHING GULL has been frequenting the Wetlands Institute pier this past week.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, 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. 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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609?884?2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558

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