CAPE MAY BIRDING HOTLINE FOR June 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
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
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
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
Mark S. Garland
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212