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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/19/2003
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 19, 2003. Highlights from the last week include ROSEATE TERN, BLACK TERN, SANDWICH TERN, MISSISSIPPI KITE, RED KNOT, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, GREAT CORMORANT, RED-THROATED LOON, BRANT, COMMON MOORHEN, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, NORTHERN GANNET, HOODED MERGANSER, and PEREGRINE FALCON.

Three ROSEATE TERNS were at Stone Harbor Point on June 18th, along with 3 BLACK TERNS. A SANDWICH TERN was here on the 14th. Five GULL-BILLED TERNS were at the usual spot in Beaver Swamp on June 15th.

Three immature MISSISSIPPI KITES flew over Lily Lake and the CMBO Northwood Center in Cape May Point on June 14th.

Many shorebirds continue to linger in South Jersey this June. On June 18th, Stone Harbor Point harbored 40 RED KNOTS, 15 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and 50 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. Three WESTERN SANDPIPERS were reported here on June 12th and again on the 14th, and 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were here on the 12th.

Twelve WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were seen from the Cape May Ferry on June 17th, one was seen off the Second Ave. jetty in Cape May on June 16th, two were off Cape May Point State Park on the 16th, and 8 from the park on the 13th.

There are a number of noteworthy lingering birds around Cape May this June, species that regularly occur in other seasons but are unusual at this time of year. These include a GREAT CORMORANT amidst the pilings off the Coast Guard base, viewed from Poverty Beach, seen June 15th; a RED-THROATED LOON seen off the South Cape May Meadows on June 17th and off Cape May Point on the 14th; a BRANT in Jarvis Sound on June 14th; a COMMON MOORHEN in Davey's Lake, Higbee Beach WMA, on the 15th; an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER at Hidden Valley on the 16th; NORTHERN GANNETS offshore all around Cape May, almost daily; a HOODED MERGANSER in the Coast Guard Ponds, along Ocean Drive, on June 15th; and a PEREGRINE FALCON, seen often along the beach at Cape May Point State Park, on the water tower at the old Magnesite plant near Sunset Beach, and at other locations around Cape May.

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
mark@njaudubon.org

 
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