Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/8/2002
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 8, 2002. Highlights from the last week include WHITE-FACED IBIS, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, SANDWICH TERN, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, UPLAND SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, LEAST BITTERN, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, SORA, BLACK TERN, and news of the migration.

Two WHITE-FACED IBIS and one HUDSONIAN GODWIT were found on August 3rd at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (aka the South Cape May Meadows) continues to harbor an excellent assortment of birds. A juvenile WILSON'S PHALAROPE is present here today, August 8th. Two SANDWICH TERNS were seen here on August 6th, along with an immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON. A flyover UPLAND SANDPIPER was found on August 5, and two were noted on August 4. One LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen here on August 5, 3 on August 3rd and 4th. One WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and one SORA were seen on August 3rd. LEAST BITTERN, WHIMBREL, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and STILT SANDPIPERS were found in varying numbers throughout the last week.

A BLACK TERN was seen at the South Cape May Meadows on August 5th and again on August 8th. The same bird or a second BLACK TERN was seen on August 8th at Bunker Pond, Cape May Point State Park.

Two MARBLED GODWITS were seen at Nummy's Island on August 7th. Nearby Stone Harbor Point is harboring large numbers of shorebirds, including many WESTERN SANDPIPERS and RED KNOTS, plus both Eastern and Western WILLETS and an early DUNLIN, found August 6th. Two early BONAPARTE'S GULLS and a NORTHERN GANNET were seen from the Avalon Seawatch site on August 6th

Twelve WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were seen from the Cape May Lewes Ferry on August 7th.

Two AMERICAN WOODCOCK were found at the Rea Farm on August 4th.

Migrant songbird numbers continue to increase. Recent sightings from south of the Cape May Canal include LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, and BOBOLINK. Ten species of warblers were found at Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on August 8th. EASTERN KINGBIRD, GRAY CATBIRD, and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER numbers have recently increased dramatically around Cape May.

CMBO's new shorebird bullet workshop, scheduled for August 24 & 25 is full, but a second section, August 22 & 23, still has openings. Spaces are also still open for Birds of Ocean Beach and Tidal Marsh on August 17 & 18, for Fall Warblers on Sept. 7 & 8, and for the 5-day Fall Migration Workshop Sept. 17 21 and the 5-day Raptor Migration Workshop October 20 24. Contact CMBO at (609) 861-0700 for more information.

A full-day pelagic trip from Cape May has been planned for Friday, August 23. Contact Mary Gustafson for more details & to register (302-559-5640).

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 our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, 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. NOTE THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR LATE SUMMER. Updates to this hotline are scheduled to be made on the following dates: Wednesday August 21, Sunday August 25, and Saturday August 31. Normal Thursday updates will begin again on September 5. 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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