Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/3/2000
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 3 include: AMERICAN AVOCET, shorebird news, SANDWICH TERN, MISSISSIPPI KITE, PILEATED WOODPECKER, BROWN PELICAN, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, DICKCISSEL, nature notes and news of CMBO.

Shorebirds are on the move and both Brigantine NWR and Stone Harbor Point are hotspots now. An AMERICAN AVOCET continues at Brigantine and was most recently reported there on August 2, along with 50 STILT SANDPIPERS, 10 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, 20 WHIMBREL, 30 WESTERN SANDPIPER, 6000 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, 8 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPER. While at Brig, also be on the lookout for the HOODED MERGANSER and the RUDDY DUCK seen there on August 1, and GULL-BILLED TERNS on August 2. 4-5,000 Shorebirds were at Stone Harbor Point on July 29th. Shorebird highlights there on August 3 include 580 RED KNOT, 380 WESTERN SANDPIPER, and a mix of both WESTERN WILLETS (19) and EASTERN WILLETS (5). While at Stone Harbor Point also be prepared to drink in successfully breeding BLACK SKIMMERS, COMMON TERNS and LEAST TERNS, PIPING PLOVERS and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS and their chicks! On July 29, 2 SANDWICH TERNS and 1 CASPIAN TERN were seen there.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE (subadult) was seen at Reeds Beach on July 29. A PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen July 29 at Pickle Factory Pond in northwestern Cape May County. BROWN PELICANS continue to be seen, most recently 6 on August 2nd off South Cape May Meadows (SCMM). A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was in the ocean off the SCMM on July 29. Landbird-wise, a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was seen July 28 in Wildwood Crest and a flyover DICKCISSEL was seen July 28 in the Villas.

NATURE NOTES: Wild Cherry trees are full of ripe cherries, attracting local songbirds and migrant landbirds as well. The CMBO gardens in Goshen are "to die for" and full of butterflies, many different species of ornate wasps, hummingbirds, and hummingbird moths. There are over a dozen HUMMINGBIRDS . . . activity is non stop. Butterfly highlights in the garden this week include: a CLOUDLESS SULPHUR on July 28, 7+ JUNIPER 'OLIVE' HAIRSTREAKS almost daily, RARE SKIPPER on July 28 & 29, and many, many BROAD-WINGED SKIPPERS that you have to sort through to see the other butterflies.

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 by 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. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point.

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!

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