Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/26/1999
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 26 include reports of MARBLED GODWIT, SANDWICH TERN, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, other bird news, local Nature Notes, info on local pelagic trips, and news of CMBO.

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

Five MARBLED GODWITS were discovered at Thompson's Beach on CMBO's shorebird field trip on August 21. Two were also present at North Wildwood on the 25th.

Two SANDWICH TERNS were among a huge gathering of terns around Cape May Point State Park on August 26. Also present were about 8-10 BLACK TERNS, CASPIAN TERN, and GULL-BILLED TERN. Many of the BLACK TERNS were seen feeding off shore, but a few also roosted on Bunker Pond with the SANDWICH TERNS.

Two WILSON'S PHALAROPES were at Bunker Pond in the State Park on the 24th, along with a variety of other shorebirds, including a WESTERN SANDPIPER.

Another shorebird highlight was a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER seen at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 20th.

Good movements of song birds were also seen this week with about 14 species of WARBLERS on the 21st and 22nd, and 19 on the 23rd. Highlights included: MOURNING WARBLER at Higbee Beach on the 21st, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at Higbee on the 22nd, KENTUCKY WARBLER at the State Park on the 23rd, and CAPE MAY WARBLER and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at Higbee on the 23rd. Also at Higbee on the 23rd were ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL, VEERY, and 15 LEAST FLYCATCHERS.

Other highlights this week included a count of about 2,600 EASTERN KINGBIRDS at Turkey Point in Cumberland County on August 26, and 10 to 15 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS at the feeders at the CMBO Research Center most of the week.

Focus on Nature Tours is running a pelagic trip out of Brielle on August 28 has lots of room. The boat, the Atlantis, leaves at 5 a.m. and will return at 8 p.m. The cost is $75. Walk-ons will also be welcome. Also, several slots remain on the Cape May pelagic on September 5, but the September 4 trip is sold out. The cost is $95 For info on either trip call Paul Guris at 1-800-362-0869.

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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