Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/13/2002
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 13, 2002. Highlights from the last week include WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, SOOTY SHEARWATER, CORY'S SHEARWATER, MISSISSIPPI KITE, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, and other lingering birds.

Pelagic birds continue to be seen around Cape May. Birds seen from shore this week include WILSON'S STORM-PETREL: about 20 from Cape May Pt. on June 13th; 3 from Poverty Beach on June 9th; about 30 from the Second Ave. jetty, Cape May on June 7th. SOOTY SHEARWATER: about 50 from the Second Ave. jetty on June 7th. CORY'S SHEARWATER: 1 from the Second Ave. jetty on June 7th.

MISSISSIPPI KITE reports continue from around Cape May, with 1 seen at the Rea Farm on June 8th, 1 seen at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area the same day, and 1 over West Cape May on June 12th.

A few slightly out-of-season birds round out this week's report. A BLACKPOLL WARBLER was found in Cape May on June 10th. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was at Higbee on the 10th. COMMON LOONS continue to fly northward over Cape May. A late SURF SCOTER was seen from Poverty Beach on June 9th. Lingering RED KNOTS, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, and a RUDDY TURNSTONE were seen at Stone Harbor Point on June 9th.

Finally, many of Cape May's nesting birds are now busy feeding and caring for young birds. PIPING PLOVER chicks are being seen on many beaches, and many migrant songbirds are now feeding young. Many resident songbirds have already fledged their first broods for the year.

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 our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, 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 include some reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report 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
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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