Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/2/1998
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 July 9 include reports of WHITE IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, BLACK TERN, BROWN PELICAN, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

On July 5, an amazing flock of 15 WHITE IBIS (with three adults) flew over the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) past the State Park and out over Delaware Bay.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen over Seashore Rd. on July 7.

A BLACK TERN was at Lighthouse Pond on July 9.

A flock of 12 BROWN PELICANS were seen off the Concrete Ship on July 9.

A few NORTHERN GANNETS continue to be seen off of Cape May Point. Two BLACK SCOTER were off the SCMM on July 7, and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, by far the rarest scoter in summer, was off the Concrete Ship on July 5. A PURPLE SANDPIPER continues to linger around Cape May Point, seen this week on the 5th.

Northerly winds on July 5 brought a movement of birds through the SCMM highlighted by 50+ GLOSSY IBIS, 20 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 15 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and a dozen SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Other shorebirds on the move this week included SANDERLING, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. A BOBOLINK was also noted at South Cape May on the 5th.

Higbee Beach had a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER on July 9, along with a family group of RED-EYED VIREOS. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was on Cape May Point on the 6th and the 8th.

Local nature Notes follow: Hummingbirds are active at feeders, with young and adults vying for feeder space. Remember to continue to clean your hummingbird feeders once a week and refill with fresh solution. Butterfly news included some updated results from the Belleplain and Cumberland Butterfly counts. Each count registered 43 species, with a few reports yet to be received. A massive flight of dragonflies ws noted on July 5. Most were SPOT-WINGED GLIDERS, with a number of SWAMP DARNERS also moving. Estimates of the number of Spot-wingeds were astronomical, possibly as high as seven figures. FOUR-SPOTTED PENNANT, a southern dragonfly, appears to have colonized the southern tip of the Cape May peninsula, after being seen here for the first time only two or three years ago. Up to 15 were present around SCMM this past week. The SCMM furnished two stunned obersevers with an incredible sight on July 7, when a Long-tailed Weasel chased down and captured a rabbit right in front of them..

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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