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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/19/1999
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 19 include reports of RED-NECKED STINT (at Brig), SANDWICH TERN other bird news, local Nature Notes, and news of CMBO.

Note: The parking lots at Hidden Valley Ranch and Higbee Beach are closed for the summer. At this time it appears that the lots will re-open on Tuesday September 6.

A RED-NECKED STINT was found at Brigantine NWR on Sunday August 15. However the bird has not been seen since Tuesday, the 17th. Observers present at Brig either looking at, or for, the stint also reported the following: on August 15, AMERICAN AVOCET, 2 or 3 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, MARBLED and HUDSONIAN GODWITS. BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen on the 18th.

Two SANDWICH TERNS were seen near Hereford Inlet on August 17.

Other highlights this week included: Three BLACK TERNS at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on August 13, 3 or 4 DICKCISSEL flyovers at Cape May Point on the 16th, WORM-EATING WARBLER at Cape May Point on the 17th; 20 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES around Cape May Point on the 19th (this early flight of nuthatches bodes well for later in the fall); and a decent flight of songbirds at Higbee Beach on the 19th including NORTHERN PARULA, TWO CANADA WARBLERS, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, TWO BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS , 20 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS, and about 50 AMERICAN REDSTARTS. The flight on the 19th also included good numbers of BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, BOBOLINKS and EASTERN KINGBIRDS. Lots of shorebirds were also on the move on the 19th with a good flight of SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and good numbers of juvenile LEAST SANDPIPERS.

Nature Notes: A few Cloudless Sulphurs have begun to show up in the area. With the mild winters of the past two years this could be a banner year for Cloudless Sulphurs in southern New Jersey. A new brood of Zabulon Skippers has hatched, and they have been reported from a number of locations. The gardens at CMBO's Research Center have been very active with both butterflies and hummingbirds.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, 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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

 
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