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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/11/1992
You have reached the Cape May birding hotline, a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights of the week ending June 11, 1992, include SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHERS, MISSISSIPPI KITES, RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, SOOTY SHEARWATER, AMERICAN AVOCET, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Common Loon was seen on June 4 at Hereford Inlet and June 5 near the concrete ship. Three Sooty Shearwaters were seen on June 10 at the State Park. One Sooty Shearwater was seen off the park on June 5. A lingering Gannet was also seen on the 5th at the concrete ship. Brown Pelicans continue to invade the bay and Atlantic shores. Six were seen at the concrete ship on the 5th, 6 were at Champagne Island on the 4th, and one Brown Pelican was seen near the ferry terminal on June 9th. A Brant was seen on June 4th at Champagne Island. One Red-breasted Merganser hen and a female Bufflehead were seen at the concrete ship on June 5th. Four Mississippi Kites were seen over Cape May Point on June 10th; the kites were in the company of 19 Broadwinged Hawks. The dredge spoils on the south side of the canal bridge have been hosting a flock of up to 18 White-rumped Sandpipers this week. Also at the dredge spoils, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were seen on June 6 and one was seen on June 7. The LBBG's are all in first summer plumage. At the same locale, a male Red-necked Phalarope was seen on June 6 and an Am. Avocet was seen at Brigantine NWR on June 4. The Champagne Island tern and skimmer colony is very active; there are over 250 Common Terns, and 800 Black Skimmers on the Island. Both terns and skimmers are on eggs. Let's hope no dogs go through the colony. Two Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were seen on June 9th, along the road into the small park on Beach Rd., which is on the north side of the canal. A singing and possibly territorial Savannah Sparrow was seen on June 10 north of the cemetery, between Shunpike Rd. and Bayshore Rd. in West Cape May. And for those of you hoping for another hotline filled with butterfly and dragonfly reports, we're sorry to disappoint; but this week we received only one non-bird sighting. That reports is of a Snout Butterfly, on June 10th right here at CMBO. Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and conservation 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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, phone our office at 609-884-2736 or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 797 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L. Larson (llarson@pucc.princeton.edu).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

 
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