Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/17/1999
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 17 include reports of ICELAND GULL, SOOTY SHEARWATER, PARASITIC JAEGER, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

Note: The parking lots at Hidden Valley Ranch and Higbee Beach are closed for the summer. At this time it appears that the lots will re-open after Labor Day.

An ICELAND GULL was seen near the Fishing Creek out-fall at Miami Avenue in Villas on June 12. This may be the same bird that was reported several times earlier in the spring.

A SOOTY SHEARWATER was seen from Cape May Point on the evening of June 13.

Up to four PARASITIC JAEGERS were off Cape May Point on June 12.

WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS have been seen with regularity from Cape May Point, as have a number of immature NORTHERN GANNETS. A few BROWN PELICANS are also being seen.

One or two BLACK SCOTERS continue to linger off Cape May Point and a RUDDY DUCK was in Lily Lake on June 13. A female BLUE-WINGED TEAL with 12 chicks was seen at the South Cape May Meadows on June 15.

A lingering or late migrating BALTIMORE ORIOLE was in the Cape May Point State Park on June 15.

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. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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