Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/1/2002
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, August 1, 2002. Highlights from the last week include WHITE IBIS, CURLEW SANDPIPER, WHITE-FACED IBIS, RUFF, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, RUDDY SHELDUCK, and news of the migration.

The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (aka the South Cape May Meadows) has hosted a number of interesting birds during the last week. An immature WHITE IBIS was present here on July 30th. From 2 to 7 RUDDY SHELDUCKS (of unknown origin) have been here since the 30th. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was found on July 31st. Two LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were separated from the large flock of SHORT-BILLEDS on July 31st, and 3 were found on August 1st. Varying numbers of STILT SANDPIPERS and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS are being seen here every day. A BLACK TERN was most recently seen resting here on July 27th. An immature NORTHERN GANNET was bobbing on the sea just beyond the breakers offshore from the Meadows on July 30th.

Birders visiting the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (aka Brigantine) have also found noteworthy birds, including a CURLEW SANDPIPER on July 26th and both RUFF and HUDSONIAN GODWIT on July 25th. Three WHITE-FACED IBIS were seen here on July 28th, with at least one remaining through August 1st, and 7 AMERICAN AVOCET on the July 27th.

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was sighted winging its way north over Cape May Point State Park on July 31st.

A MARBLED GODWIT was seen at the Hereford Inlet on August 1st. Stone Harbor Point, the north side of Hereford Inlet, has seen numbers of shorebirds and terns increasing dramatically recently.

Migrant songbird numbers are gradually increasing. Recent highlights include Dickcissel and Blue-winged Warblers at Cape May Point State Park on July 31st, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH in West Cape May on the 31st, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO at Reeds Beach on July 29th, AMERICAN REDSTART at Reeds Beach on Aug. 1st, BOBOLINKS at the South Cape May Meadows on July 31st, and several reports of YELLOW WARBLER. Numbers of SWALLOWS, CHIMNEY SWIFTS, and EASTERN KINGBIRDS are rising noticeably around Cape May.

CMBO's new shorebird bullet workshop, scheduled for August 24 & 25 is full, but a second section, August 22 & 23, still has openings. Spaces are also still open for Birds of Ocean Beach and Tidal Marsh on August 17 & 18, for Fall Warblers on Sept. 7 & 8, and for the 5-day Fall Migration Workshop Sept. 17 21 and the Raptor Migration Workshop October 20 24. Contact CMBO at (609) 861-0700 for more information.

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 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!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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