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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/17/2000
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 August 17 included EURASIAN WHIMBREL, AMERICAN AVOCET, RUFF, MARBLED GODWIT, MISSISSIPPI KITE, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A EURASIAN WHIMBREL was found at Stone Harbor Point on August 14, with 80+ regular Whimbrels. The Point is not normally known for Whimbrel gatherings, but a high tide had pushed the birds off the marsh. Consequently, there have been no repeat sightings, as the tides haven't been favorable.

Forsythe NWR (or Brig) had three AMERICAN AVOCETS and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE on August 12, and a Ruff on August 11.

MARBLED GODWITS were seen at Stone Harbor Point on August 11, and flying past the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 17th.

One or two MISSISSIPPI KITES are still being seen over the fields near Shunpike and Tabernacle Roads, near Bennett Bog.

An excellent song bird flight occurred on August 17. Here are some highlights from Higbee Beach: 800 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, 80 BLACK-AND-WHITES, 40 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, 20 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, 15+ CANADA WARBLERS, and 10 WORM-EATING WARBLERS. other highlights included an early YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, two HOODED WARBLERS, a MOURNING WARBLER, two LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and VEERY. A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was on Cape May Point.

Other highlights for the week were a SORA at the SCMM on the 11th, CERULEAN WARBLER at Wildwood Crest on the 13th, and a variety of shorebirds at Stone Harbor Point on the 14th including 18 WESTERN WILLETS, 200 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and 200 RED KNOTS.

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. 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. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point.

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!

 
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