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