Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/20/2002
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 20, 2002. Highlights from the last week include PARASITIC JAEGER, MISSISSIPPI KITE, SEDGE WREN, and KING RAIL.

A PARASITIC JAEGER came to shore at Stone Harbor Point on June 16th, landing at times on the mud flats and on the beach, where about 200 BLACK SKIMMERS took off from their nearby nesting colony and chased it away.

Sporadic MISSISSIPPI KITE reports continue from around Cape May, with 1 seen over West Cape May on June 14th, 1 at the Rea Farm on June 15th, and 1 at the Rea Farm and 2 over West Cape May on June 16th.

An observer at the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (Brigantine) on June 17 found SEDGE WREN and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.

A KING RAIL was seen at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, also known as the South Cape May Meadows, on June 18th.

A few slightly out-of-season or slightly out-of-territory birds round out this week's report. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was along East Lake Dr. at Cape May Point on June 15th and perhaps the same bird was along Seagrove Ave. near Cape May Point on the 16th. A COMMON LOON was seen from Cape May Point on June 14th. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was at the South Cape May Meadows on June 18th. Two AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were here (at the Meadows) on June 17th and 18th. A HOODED MERGANSER was at the Beaver Dam Wildlife Management Area on June 14th.

A full-day pelagic trip from Cape May has been planned for Friday, August 23. Contact Mary Gustafson for more details & to register (302-559-5640).

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 our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, 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 include some reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report 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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