Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/28/2008
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Thursday, August 28, 2008. Highlights this week include sightings of WHITE IBIS, HOODED MERGANSER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, BLACK TERN, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, LARK SPARROW, and DICKCISSEL.

-- For more up to the minute Cape May sightings information check the "View from the Cape" section of http://www.BirdCapeMay.org --

The WHITE IBIS and AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continued to be seen at Brig/ Forsythe NWR through 8/24. Other reports from Brig this week included MARBLED GODWIT, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and BLACK TERN.

AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, LARK SPARROW and DICKCISSEL were recorded from the Higbee Dike on 8/26, along with 15 species of warblers, including TENNESSEE and CAPE MAY.

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was noted at Stone Harbor Point on 8/22. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was noted at the Stone Harbor Heronry, also on 8/22.

The season's first SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was tallied from Cape May Point State Park on 8/26. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was noted here on 8/24.

Numerous BLACK TERNS have been seen in "the rips", the State Park, and the South Cape May Meadows/CMMBR throughout the week.

The lingering HOODED MERGANSER continued at the South Cape May Meadows through 8/26. Over a dozen LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS continue along the beachfront here.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: CMBO'S Northwood Center in Cape May Point will be open 7 days a week beginning SEPTEMBER 1. CMBO's Center for Research and Education in Goshen will remain on its current schedule.

Inventory Closures: CMBO's Center for Research & Education in Goshen will be closed on Thursday, 8/28 and Friday, 8/29 for inventory. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

CMBO is offering a special to new and upgraded membership renewals. Join CMBO for the first time or upgrade from Individual or Family to The Hundred and receive Charley Harper's Migration Mainline- Cape May lithograph poster, valued at $50. Call either CMBO center to ask an associate about joining today!

******CMBO Bookstore FALL HOURS (starting September 1) are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open 7 days a week, 9:30am to 4:30pm. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30am to 4:30pm; closed Mondays.******

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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