Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/12/1993
You have reached the Cape May birding hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights of the week ending Aug. 12, 1993 include: SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER in Delaware, LARK SPARROW, LAWRENCE'S WARBLER, BLACK TERN, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, some additional Delaware highlights, shorebirds, local nature notes and news of upcoming programs.

An adult SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER, first located on Aug. 8, is being seen daily in Bear Swamp Pool at Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. The bird, still in excellent plumage, has been very cooperative. Some additional Delaware highlights include continued sightings of the WHISKERED TERN, most recently on Aug. 11, along the road in to the Little Creek Wildlife Management Area. A REDDISH EGRET was at the same location the same day. A RUFF, 4-5 BLACK TERNS, and one WHITE-WINGED TERN were at the Pickering Beach area on Aug. 7. A CURLEW SANDPIPER was seen Aug. 7 at [inaudible], and at Bombay Hook NWR, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-NECKED STILTS, and HUDSONIAN GODWITS. Both the WHISKERED TERN and the REDDISH EGRET were seen at the Ted Harvey WMA in the Logan Tract on Aug. 7 during CMBO's field trip to Delaware.

Back in Cape May, a LARK SPARROW was present at Higbee's Beach on Aug. 7. Other passerine highlights included a LAWRENCE'S WARBLER at Higbee on Aug. 6, and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER the same day along Sea Grove Ave. A juvenile BLACK TERN was present at South Cape May Meadows on Aug. 6, while 5 were there on Aug. 9, all juveniles.

Shorebirds continued to be good this week. Two to three WILSON'S PHALAROPES were in the Meadows on Aug. 6-7, while a HUDSONIAN GODWIT was a flyby on Aug. 7. Several WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were present during the week at the Meadows, and up to 20 STILT SANDPIPERS were also there. Twenty-three WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were seen flying over the Delaware Bay by observers aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry on Aug. 7, and 12 were seen on Aug. 10. Some might be seen from land by scanning the horizon. Two hundred were seen aboard the whale watch boat out of Cape May on Aug. 8; trips run daily, for information call (609) 898-0055.

Local nature notes follow. RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are active right now at CMBO's feeders and at Leaming's Run botanical gardens. Butterflies are visiting our Hummingbird Garden too. On the 12th, we saw a [inaudible], a Silver-spotted Skipper, an American Snout, several Monarchs, and a number of Tiger and Spicebush Swallowtails. Bottlenosed Dolphins are being seen regularly now from the beachfront.

Upcoming programs: Birdwatching for Beginners 2-day courses will be offered once each month, and are scheduled for Aug. 28-29, Sept. 25-26, and each month thereafter. Each Sunday, a birdwalk at Higbee Beach begins at 7:30 AM in the parking lot. Every Wednesday, a birdwalk for beginners meets at 7:30 AM at the Nature Conservancy's property at the Cape May Meadows. Hummingbird walks are scheduled on Aug. 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21. There are still spaces available on the four Sunrise Warbler Walks Aug. 27-28 and Sept. 3-4. A binocular and spotting scope workshop with Pete Dunne on Aug. 28 still has openings. Call for details and registration.

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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, phone our office or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. The Cape May birding hotline is a service of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

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