Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/22/2000
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending June 22 included MISSISSIPPI KITE, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

Two MISSISSIPPI KITES (an adult and a 1st summer) were over the fields at Sandman Pike and Seashore Road on June 18.

WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS are being seen from shore off Cape May and Cape May Point. Three were seen on June 17.

A variety of summering shorebirds can be seen at Stone Harbor Point, highlighted by a basic plumage WESTERN SANDPIPER. Also seen have been up to nine SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, eight RED KNOTS, 19 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, five BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, and three PIPING PLOVERS.

BROWN PELICANS have become more obvious. Eleven were at Stone Harbor point on June 18, seven were off South Cape May Meadows on the 18th, three were off Reed's Beach on the 19th, and four off the SCMM on the 21st.

Other highlights this week included: 30 ROYAL TERNS at Hereford Inlet on June 16, a young SORA at the SCMM on the 17th, a NORTHERN GANNET off the SCMM on the 22nd, and a CASPIAN TERN at 2nd Avenue cove on the 21st.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

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 hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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