Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/18/2007
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Monday June 18, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of MISSISSIPPI KITE, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, HORNED GREBE, ROSEATE TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, BROWN PELICAN, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN AVOCET, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, NORTHERN PARULA and WHITE- THROATED SPARROW.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE continues to be seen off and on in Cape May this week. The last report of the bird was on 6/12, seen over the Cape May Point State Park.

WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS are being reported with frequency in the waters surrounding Cape May. Yesterday, 6/17, two were seen from the Cape May Point State Park.

As of 6/13, the West Cape May impoundments continued to play host to a HORNED GREBE.

ROSEATE TERNS are being seen with some regularity in Cape May. Most reliably the birds are seen two to three at a time feeding in the rips off Cape May Point (6/14.) On 6/13 one bird was seen from the Back Bay boat trip on the Skimmer.

Two GULL-BILLED TERNS were observed at the second plover pond that the Cape May Point State Park, today 6/18.

On 6/16, four BROWN PELICANS were loafing on a sand bar in Hereford Inlet.

The immature GREAT CORMORANT continues to be seen in Hereford Inlet.

Three AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at section C-11 in the Brigantine NWR on 6/13. There has been no report of these birds since the initial sighting.

A very unusual find for the summer was a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at the Cape May Point State Park, today 6/18.

A male NORTHERN PARULA was seen at the Cape May Point State Park on 6/16.

Lastly, the WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues as of 6/15 at the feeder on Seagrove Ave.


Both CMBO centers (Northwood and Center for Research and Education) are now observing new hours of operation. Both centers are now opening at 9:30 a.m.

CMBO Bookstore hours are as follows; Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point; summer hours, Wednesday- Monday 9:30-4:30. The Northwood Center will be closed on Tuesdays. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday- Sunday 9:30- 4:30. At least one center will be open everyday to serve our members needs.

Only two weeks left (special ends June 30, 2007) to take advantage of the New Jersey Audubon Society's special springtime half-price membership rate, which entitles members to one year of reduced program fees, discounts at the center nature store and other benefits. Become a New Jersey Audubon member this spring for $19 (Individual) or $22 (Family) and receive a Ticket to Discovery, an instant benefit that provides one free nature program to the bearer and a guest (up to a $20 value). Stop in to your local NJAS center to ask for further details or to join.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive your choice of a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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