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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/4/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Friday August 4. The roster this week includes sightings of BROWN PELICAN, CERULEAN WARBLER, BAIRDS SANDPIPER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and SANDHILL CRANE.

Again this week good numbers of shorebirds are being reported. No less than 22 species of shorebirds were seen in the hotline coverage area.

Of the standout shorebirds being found were; one adult BAIRDS SANDPIPER first spotted on 7/29 in the first Plover pond north of Bunker pond at the Cape May Point State Park. Apparently this particular bird left the area only to be replaced by a second adult BAIRDS SANDPIPER in the second Plover pond This bird continued through today 8/4.

An unusual find on 8/2 was a juv. UPLAND SANDPIPER at the edge of the spartina marsh feeding in the wrack at Two Mile Landing.

On 8/3, eight AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen flying around Bunker pond at the Cape May Point State Park. These birds continued south over the Delaware Bay.

Songbird migration has begun in earnest and while difficult to find at times, there are early migrants around.

Today, 8/4 a CERULEAN WARBLER was seen along with at least five species of migrant warblers at Higbees Beach.

On 7/31 one BROWN PELICAN was spotted loafing on Champagne Island in Hereford Inlet.

The SANDHILL CRANE continues at the Beaver Swamp WMA at Beaver Dam Road.

Lastly, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen from 7/30-7/31 on the beach between the Meadows and the Cape May Point State Park.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open Thursday through Tuesday, 9-4:30. The Northwood Center will be closed on Wednesdays through the months of July and August and will resume a seven day a week schedule in September. The Northwood Center will be closed from 8/9-8/13. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys 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 $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The New Jersey Audubon Societys Center for Research and Education in Goshen is hosting a free shorebird photography exhibit now through August 20th. Featured photographers include Kevin Karlson (co-author of the new Shorebird Guide), Greg Downing, Scott Elowitz and Heather Forcier.

Good luck and Good Birding!

 
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