Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/10/2004
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, June 10th. Highlights from the last week include ARCTIC TERN, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, COMMON EIDER, SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and PINE SISKIN. Two ARCTIC TERNS, an adult and a first-summer bird, were found sitting on the sand near the tip of Stone Harbor Point on June 8th. Three WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were also at Stone Harbor Point on the 8th.

A year-old male COMMON EIDER has been seen June 9th and 10th the waters off Cape May Point, variously from near the bunker off Cape May Point State Park all the way around the Point to the area between the Concrete Ship and the Alexander Ave. jetty. Lingering SCOTERS are being seen around the Point as well, with 6 SURF SCOTERS reported from Sunset Beach on June 9thnd 2 BLACK SCOTERS here on the 10th In Strathmere, off Whale Beach, 1 BLACK SCOTER and 2 SURF SCOTERS were found on June 9th

We have a number of WILSON'S STORM-PETREL reports; most unusual were 12 seen in Delaware Bay from shore at Norbury's Landing on June 9th, but 4 were seen off Cape May Point from the St. Peter's dune crossover on June 8th and 12 were off Cape May Point on the 7th, these apparently feeding on or around a whale carcass, viewed from the Brainerd Ave. crossover.

A first summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found on the beach at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge on June 8th A very late PINE SISKIN visited a feeder in Cape May Point on June 4th and again on the 6th. Repeated from last week: an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was found soaring through the skies above Bivalve, Cumberland County, on June 3rd.

Note that the bridge connecting Nummy Island to Stone Harbor Point has reopened.

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
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
(609) 884-2736

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