Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/11/1998
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 June 11 include reports of ARCTIC TERN, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, MISSISSIPPI KITE, SANDHILL CRANE, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

A sub-adult ARCTIC TERN was seen on June 10, flying in from the rips off Cape May Pt. to the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM), and then back to the rips.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen early on the morning of June 6 at Hidden Valley Ranch, but not thereafter.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD, much more rare in spring than in fall, was seen along Sea Grove Ave. in Cape May Pt. on May 8.

One or two MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen this week around Cape May Pt., the most recent on June 8.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen again this week, on June 6 over Cape May Pt.

A BROWN PELICAN was at Stone Harbor Point on June 9.

A BALD EAGLE was in the area of Cape May Pt. on June 7.

A few late passerine migrants were around this week. A CANADA WARBLER was in the Cape May Pt. SP on June 6, WILSON'S WARBLERS and MOURNING WARBLERS, along with COMMON NIGHTHAWK, were there on June 7. Two ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS were at Hidden Valley Ranch on June 6. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO flew across the SCMM on the same day. A very late WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was along Sea Grove Ave. on June 6.

Lingering waterfowl included two RED-THROATED LOONS at Poverty Beach on June 10 and one at The Concrete Ship. An OLDSQUAW continues to be seen around the Point, and GREATER SCAUP was in SCMM on June 7.

Local nature Notes follow: The Center for Research & Education in Goshen has some interesting breeders on the property. CHAT, BLUE GROSBEAK, and ORCHARD ORIOLE have all taken up residence, and Indigo Bunting and White-eyed Vireo were singing here on June 11. There are two SORA families in SCMM. One family with four large chicks and one with two small chicks. This is the first documented record ever of breeding Soras in Cape May County. Remember to continue to clean your hummingbird feeders once a week and refill with fresh solution.

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

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