Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/23/2001
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 23 include FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, CURLEW SANDPIPER, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER was discovered along New England on August 19 and was seen again at Higbee Beach on the 22nd.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE first seen over Two Mile Beach, Wildwood Crest was re-sighted over Cape May Point on the 21st.

A CURLEW SANDPIPER continues at Stone Harbor Point (SHPt), seen as recently as August 21. The shorebirds at SHPt can best be viewed around the time of high tide, especially the incoming tide.

Two MARBLED GODWIT was seen again this week on August 14 in the back bay from the Skimmer, a back bay tour boat. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was at the West Cape May impoundment on the 23rd.

A nice movement of migrant songbirds occurred on August 22, with 24 species of warblers tallied around the area including HOODED WARBLERS, PROTHONOTARY, KENTUCKY WARBLERS, MOURNING, CAPE MAY WARBLERS, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS.

A SORA was seen at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 20th, and one was flushed from a field at the Beanery on the 17th.

BLACK TERN and GULL-BILLED TERN were at the SCMM on the 20th.

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. 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!

*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558

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