Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/7/2003
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, August 7, 2003. Highlights from the last week include WHITE IBIS, ROSEATE TERN, SANDWICH TERN, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, BLACK TERN, CASPIAN TERN, "WESTERN" WILLET, WESTERN SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and other southbound migrants.

A flyover WHITE IBIS was reported from the South Cape May Meadows on July 31st, but there have been no subsequent reports.

A SANDWICH TERN was at Stone Harbor Point on August 6th, when thousands of shorebirds were seen at high tide, including an estimated 300 WESTERN SANDPIPERS. On the 4th, a WILSON'S PHALAROPE and about 30 "WESTERN" WILLETS were noted here. The Phalarope was seen again on the 5th. Two BLACK TERNS and a ROSEATE TERN were reported from Stone Harbor Point on the 2nd.

Sightings from the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge include 350 STILT SANDPIPERS, 10 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 1 CASPIAN TERN on August 6th.

The Bivalve impoundments in Cumberland County hosted 3 STILT SANDPIPERS, a CASPIAN TERN, and a PEREGRINE FALCON on August 2nd.

The songbird migration is continuing to pick up. We have scattered reports of birds on the move all around Cape May last week, including NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, YELLOW WARBLER, "TRAILL'S" FLYCATCHER, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and others.

The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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