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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/22/2007
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Friday June 22, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of SANDWICH TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, RUDDY DUCK, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, GREATER SHEARWATER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, BROWN PELICAN and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO.

Three SANDWICH TERNS were spotted in the vicinity of St. Mary's jetty on 6/20.

At least six GULL-BILLED TERNS continue to be seen at Stone Harbor Point. Two GULL-BILLED TERNS continue at the Cape May Point State Park as of yesterday, 6/21.

A female RUDDY DUCK was at the new and improved Meadows on 6/18.

Also at the Meadows were two BLUE-WINGED TEAL on 6/20.

A GREATER SHEARWATER has been spotted off Cape May Point on 6/20 and 6/21.

A first summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was roosting with a group of GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS at the Meadows on 6/20.

WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS are being seen almost daily from various locations in Cape May Point.

Numbers of BROWN PELICANS are being seen in the last week. On 6/21 up to twenty individuals were seen between Hereford Inlet and Cape May Point.

Lastly, a calling BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard in some shade trees of a private residence in Cape May City on 6/21.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge has re-opened.

Both CMBO centers (Northwood and Center for Research and Education) are now observing new hours of operation. Both centers are now opening at 9:30 a.m.

CMBO Bookstore hours are as follows; Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point; summer hours, Wednesday- Monday 9:30-4:30. The Northwood Center will be closed on Tuesdays. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday- Sunday 9:30- 4:30. At least one center will be open everyday to serve our members needs.

Just over one week left (special ends June 30, 2007) to take advantage of the New Jersey Audubon Society's special springtime half- price membership rate, which entitles members to one year of reduced program fees, discounts at the center nature store and other benefits. Become a New Jersey Audubon member this spring for $19 (Individual) or $22 (Family) and receive a Ticket to Discovery, an instant benefit that provides one free nature program to the bearer and a guest (up to a $20 value). Stop in to your local NJAS center to ask for further details or to join.

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. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive your choice of a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

 
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