Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/10/2007
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Sunday June 10, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of BROWN PELICAN, SOOTY SHEARWATER, GREATER SHEARWATER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, GREAT CORMORANT, WHITE-FACED IBIS, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, ROSEATE TERN, SANDWICH TERN, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, NORTHERN PARULA and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.

BROWN PELICANS are being seen in Cape May this week. On 6/7 one individual was seen on Champagne Island, while a second bird was seen from Sunset Beach on 6/9.

Both SOOTY SHEARWATER and GREATER SHEARWATER were seen from Cape May point in the afternoon on 6/6.

Three WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were seen from Cape May Point on 6/7.

The imm. GREAT CORMORANT continues to be seen in the Hereford Inlet area as of 6/9.

On 6/3 a WHITE-FACED IBIS was observed at Brigantine NWR.

Also in the Stone Harbor Point area, on 6/7, was a first summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

A ROSEATE TERN continues to be seen in the Cape May Point are this last week. The last report of this bird was on 6/6 from the Pearl Ave. jetty.

An adult SANDWICH TERN made and appearance at Stone Harbor Point on 6/8.

On 6/9, four breeding WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were observed at Stone Harbor Point.

A possible EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE was seen flying over the Cape May Point State Park on 6/7. Attempts to relocate the bird were unsuccessful.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen on 6/8 and 6/9 in the vicinity of the Beanery parking lot and the intersection of Bayshore and Stimpson.

A signing NORTHERN PARULA was at the Cape May point State Park property along Seagrove on 6/7.

Lastly, a late WHITE-THROATED SPARROW has been frequenting a feeder on Seagrove Ave in West Cape May.


Starting June 1, both CMBO centers (Northwood and Center for Research and Education) will be observing new hours of operation. Both centers will now be opening at 9:30 a.m.

On Saturday June 16, the Northwood Center will have a delayed opening at 12:00 noon due road closures for the Cape May Point run.

CMBO Bookstore hours are as follows; Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point; summer hours, Wednesday- Monday 9:30-4:30. The Northwood Center will be closed on Tuesdays. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday- Sunday 9:30- 4:30. At least one center will be open everyday to serve our members needs.

The New Jersey Audubon Society is offering a special springtime half- price membership rate, which entitles members to one year of reduced program fees, discounts at the center nature store and other benefits. Become a New Jersey Audubon member this spring for $19 (Individual) or $22 (Family) and receive a Ticket to Discovery, an instant benefit that provides one free nature program to the bearer and a guest (up to a $20 value). Stop in to your local NJAS center to ask for further details or to join.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive your choice of a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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