Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/18/1998
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 18 include reports of ROSEATE TERN, BROWN PELICAN, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

A ROSEATE TERN was seen on Cape May Point on June 13.

A few BROWN PELICANS have been seen around Cape May Point. Three were off the Cape May Point State Park (C.M. Pt. SP) on June 14 and four were off Cape May city on the 17th.

On June 18, a flock of tired looking SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS dropped into the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) behind northwest winds; suggesting southbound migration.

On June 13, over 50 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were headed north over Cape May Point.

A singing RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was on Cape May Point on June 17 and 18th, an extremely rare record for mid-June. Other passerine news included a BLACKPOLL WARBLER June 13 near Lily Lake and a BOBOLINK at Hidden Valley on June 18. An adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE flew east to west down Sunset Blvd. in West Cape May on June 16. Baltimore Orioles do not breed on Cape Island.

A few immature NORTHERN GANNETS continue to linger in Delaware Bay. Two were off Cape May Point on the 16th.

Lingering waterfowl included: a GREEN-WINGED TEAL in the SCMM on June 13, three COMMON LOONS (two off the Concrete Ship and one off Poverty Beach) on the 13th, OLDSQUAW at Reed's Beach on the 14th, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER off Cape May Point on the 13th and 17th. Both BLACK SCOTERS and SURF SCOTERS have been seen at scattered locations from the Coast Guard jetty to the Concrete Ship.

Local nature Notes follow: The Center for Research & Education in Goshen has some interesting breeders on the property. CHAT, BLUE GROSBEAK, ORCHARD ORIOLE, and INDIGO BUNTING are all singing. The two SORA families in SCMM continue to be seen occasionally. This is the first documented record ever of breeding Soras in Cape May County. Remember to continue to clean your hummingbird feeders once a week and refill with fresh solution. Butterfly news included an Appalachian Brown was in Goshen on June 15. A few Monarchs are being seen. Common Milkweed has just begun to bloom, as has Bee Balm. Elderberry is now blooming.

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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