Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/17/2004
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 17th. Highlights from the last week include WILSON'S PLOVER, ROSEATE TERN, ARCTIC TERN, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, "WESTERN" WILLET, MARBLED GODWIT, COMMON EIDER, BLACK SCOTER, SURF SCOTER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, LEAST BITTERN, and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.

A WILSON'S PLOVER was found at Stone Harbor Point on June 12th, and while the bird was seen many times that day, it has not been seen since then. Two ROSEATE TERNS and one ARCTIC TERN were also seen here on the 12th. There are also many nesting birds at Stone Harbor Point this year, including COMMON TERN, LEAST TERN, BLACK SKIMMER, GULL-BILLED TERN, PIPING PLOVER, and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, along with good numbers and variety of shorebirds, including WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, "WESTERN" WILLET on the 12th, MARBLED GODWIT on the 13th, RED KNOT (39 on the 12th), DUNLIN (10 on the 12th), and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. Eight ROYAL TERNS were tallied here on the 12th. A first-summer male COMMON EIDER has continued through at least June 16th off Cape May Point, most frequently seen on or near the beach to the south of Sunset Beach (left of the Concrete Ship). Three BLACK SCOTERS and one SURF SCOTER are also being seen here. Another BLACK SCOTER was seen at Kimble's Beach on June 16th. At least six WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were seen from Sunset Beach on June 11th.

A LEAST BITTERN was seen from the east path at the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge on June 11th.

A pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were observed June 15th and 16th in southeast Vineland, Cumberland County, at the intersection of Hance Bridge Road and Sheridan.

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
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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