This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared
on Thursday, June 18th, 2009.
Highlights this week include reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, AMERICAN
WIGEON, COMMON LOON, CORY'S SHEARWATER, GREATER SHEARWATER, WILSON'S
STORM-PETREL, NORTHERN GANNET, BROWN PELICAN, LEAST BITTERN, LITTLE
BLUE HERON, TRICOLORED HERON, MISSISSIPPI KITE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL, and PROTHONOTARY WARBLER.
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A probable WHITE-FACED IBIS was observed between the ponds on Bayberry
Road and the first stretch of Stone Harbor Boulevard, in Cape May
Court House, on 6/14.
A GREATER SHEARWATER was observed from the South Cape May Meadows/
CMMBR on 6/16. Several CORY'S SHEARWATERS were seen from various
locations in Cape May on 6/16. Another was noted the same day from the
8th Street Jetty in Avalon, along with 54 NORTHERN GANNETS.
5 MISSISSIPPI KITES were observed from the cemetery on Shunpike Road,
in West Cape May, on 6/13. MISSISSIPPI KITES were also noted from the
Beanery/Rea Farm and the South Cape May Meadows/CMMBR during the past
4 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was observed
at Sunset Beach on 6/18.
4 BROWN PELICANS were seen from Cape May Point State Park on 6/17.
Another was at Reed's Beach on 6/14.
An AMERICAN WIGEON was seen from St. Mary's in Cape May Point on 6/16.
A COMMON LOON was noted from the back bays near Somers Point on 6/16.
As many as 3 LEAST BITTERNS have been heard and seen in the South Cape
May Meadows/CMMBR throughout the week.
A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and a LITTLE BLUE HERON were noted at Villas
WMA on 6/14. TRICOLORED HERONS were noted from Stone Harbor Blvd and
Avalon Blvd this week.
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*Due to a staffing shortfall, Cape May Bird Observatory's Center for
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public effective April 11, 2009. The grounds and gardens will remain
open to the public. CMBO's Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape
May Point is open Wednesday - Monday, 9:30am - 4:30pm.*
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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.
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