Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/18/2007
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Saturday August 18, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, WHITE IBIS, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, ARCTIC TERN, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, GREATER SHEARWATER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.

The ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues to be seen at Brigantine NWR in the gull pond area. The latest sighting of this bird was on 8/16 around 7:00 p.m. An immature WHITE IBIS found at Brigantine NWR on 8/13 has not been reported again in this area. Though, an imm. ibis was spotted form the Skimmer boat on Sunset Lake in Wildwood on 8/15. Also, an imm. White Ibis was seen flying over the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge on 8/17. Continuing the Brigantine NWR thread, an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was spotted over the NWR on 8/11. A report came in today, 8/18, of an ARCTIC TERN on the beach at the Cape May Point State Park. This sighting has yet to be verified. Keep this bird in mind if you are birding the state park in the next few days.

RED-NECKED PHALAROPE reports continue to come in from Cape May and Brigantine NWR. A juvenile bird flew by the Cape May Point State Park on 8/12. The most recent report of this species from the Brigantine NWR was on 8/11. A GREATER SHEARWATER was spotted off Cape May Point on 8/10. An adult BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was seen on Lighthouse pond on 8/16. There have been no further reports of this bird since the initial sighting. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH sightings continue to increase. Three were heard at Higbee Beach this morning, 8/18, and one at CMBO's Northwood Center.

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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