Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/12/2003

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 12, 2003. Highlights from the last week include ROSEATE TERN, WESTERN SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, BLACK TERN, STILT SANDPIPER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH.

Many shorebirds are lingering around South Jersey well into June this year. A WESTERN SANDPIPER, 18 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and 132 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen at Stone Harbor Point on June 10th. On the 9th this location had 2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS and more than 300 RED KNOTS down from 450 on the 6th. Also seen here on the 6th: 2 ROSEATE TERNS and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. A STILT SANDPIPER was seen here on the 5th. At the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge a STILT SANDPIPER, a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were all seen on June 6th. Two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 16 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 3 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and 3 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were at the Higbee Impoundment (just east of the jetty parking area) on June 8th. Nine WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, a DUNLIN, and a first summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were here on June 6th. A DUNLIN, a STILT SANDPIPER, and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were along Ocean Drive on the 9th.

A BLACK TERN was seen flying offshore from The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The Meadows") on June 9th. A SANDWICH TERN was seen on the beach in Avalon on June 12th.

Thirteen WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were seen from the Cape May Ferry on June 11th.

Single PIED-BILLED GREBES were seen at The Meadows and at Cape May Point State Park on June 10th and 11th. A VIRGINIA RAIL was in The Meadows on the 9th. A SURF SCOTER was offshore from The Meadows on June 10th. A late BRANT was seen June 11th along Ocean Drive. A LEAST BITTERN was seen in Bunker Pond, Cape May Point State Park, on June 8th.

A PILEATED WOODPECKER, rare in Cape May County, was seen on June 3rd in the woods along the power line cut between Rt. 83 and Goshen-Swainton Rd.

WILLOW FLYCATCHERS were found at Cape May Point State Park on June 8th and the 11th, and at The Meadows on the 10th. A very late NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was at Hidden Valley on June 8th.

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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