Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/5/1999
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 5 include SANDWICH TERN, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, other bird news, local Nature Notes, and news of CMBO.

Note: The parking lots at Hidden Valley Ranch and Higbee Beach are closed for the summer. At this time it appears that the lots will re-open on September 9.

A SANDWICH TERN was seen in flight from the beach at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on August 5.

Up to five LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were present in the SCMM for much of the week.

Other highlights this week included: AMERICAN WIGEON in SCMM on July 31; a juvenile "Western" WILLET at SCMM on August 1 and 2; 2 or 3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS over SCMM on the 2nd; WORM-EATING WARBLER along Sea Grove Avenue on the 2nd; and at the Cape May Point State Park on August 4 were a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, four BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, a PRAIRIE WARBLER, and an AMERICAN REDSTART.

Nature Notes: Butterfly highlights this week included two Pipevine Swallowtails at Cape May Point on July 28, a Little Yellow at CMBO Goshen center on July 31, Pipevine Swallowtail on Cape May Point on August 1, Eastern Comma in Goshen on the 1st, an notable group of eight Red-banded Hairstreaks in a Goshen garden on the 2nd, a Little Yellow in Goshen on the 2nd, and a Fiery Skipper on Cape May Point on the 2nd.

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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