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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/22/1995
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending June 22 include sightings of WHITE PELICAN, ROSEATE TERN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, announcements, nature notes, etc.

A WHITE PELICAN was seen this week on the Delaware Bayshore, along the road out to Thompson's Beach, in a pool on the right-hand side of the road. It was last reported on June 19.

A ROSEATE TERN was seen on June 21 by the "Jersey Cape Nature Excursions" tourboat, on Champagne Island in Hereford Inlet.

A first-summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the end of Norbury's Landing Rd., just north of the Villas, on June 20.

Other interesting mid-June sightings are as follows: 7 BLACK SCOTERS, one SURF SCOTER, WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, and a RUDDY DUCK were seen near the Concrete Ship on June 17. A BLACK TERN was at Thompson's Beach on June 19. A ROYAL TERN was off Cape May Point on June 21. Finally, a VERY late BLACKPOLL WARBLER was at Cape May Point on June 22.

Young are hatching in coastal colonies of BLACK SKIMMERS, TERNS, & GULLS. The Nature Excursions boat reported young chicks of these as well as AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, OSPREY, and others. The Nature Conservency's preserve on Sunset Boulevard again has breeding PIPING PLOVER and LEAST TERNS. These nests are on the open beach, so very vulnerable to disturbance. VIRGINIA RAIL and LEAST BITTERN also breed in the freshwater marsh on this property.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are again breeding in the Cape May County Park on Route 9, just north of Cape May Court House. Drive straight into the Park, continue to the zoo (which is on your left), and the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are in the oak woods to your right.

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are regular at CMBO's feeders and in people's yards where hummingbird and butterfly gardens have been planted.

The state of NJ has closed the parking lots at Higbee Beach WMA again for the summer. This does not mean that Higbee Beach is closed, just the parking lots. You can still bird and butterfly the area, but you must be dropped off there, ride a bike, or park in the Hidden Valley parking lot further up New England Road and walk down. The parking lot closures are the state's attempt to address illicit activities that occur there during warm summer months.

Nature Notes: A very late PINE ELFIN butterfly was seen on June 17 on the Dennisville railroad tracks. Finally the summer butterflies are emerging; reports came in of RED-BANDED HAIRSTREAK, CORAL HAIRSTREAK, STRIPED HAIRSTREAK, MOURNING CLOAK, COMMON BUCKEYE, APPALACHIAN BROWN, CROSSLINE SKIPPER and TAWNY-EDGED SKIPPER. Cranberry bogs are full of BOG COPPERS flying now. A field at Peaslee Wildlife Area in northern Cape May county had hundred of AMERICAN COPPERS and EASTERN TAILED BLUES. CMBO Butterfly counts are upcoming on June 24, June 30, and July 1.

Flowers that are now attracting butterflies include Queen Anne's Lace, Yarrow, Common Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, Everlasting Pea, Cow Vetch, Sweet White Clover and Sweet Yellow Clover, Knapweed, and Dogbane. The wild viburnum known as Arrow-wood is now in bloom, with umbels of white flowers.

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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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory, call our office at 609-884-2736 or a send a request for info to CMBO, P.O. Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you are in the area, do not hesitate to visit our headquarters and growing birding bookstore at 707 E. Lake Dr., Cape May Point. We're open 9-5 every day but Monday.

The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L. Larson (llarson@pucc.princeton.edu).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

 
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