Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/24/1999
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 24 include reports of MANX SHEARWATER, PARASITIC JAEGER, SANDWICH TERN, ICELAND GULL, a report of a frigatebird, other bird news, Nature Notes, and news of CMBO.

Note: The parking lots at Hidden Valley Ranch and Higbee Beach are closed for the summer. At this time it appears that the lots will re-open on September 9.

A MANX SHEARWATER was seen from Cape May Point on June 21. Also seen on the 21st were three PARASITIC JAEGERS, a SANDWICH TERN, and 50+ WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS.

An ICELAND GULL has been frequenting the area near the Fishing Creek out-fall at Miami Avenue in Villas, It was seen this week on June 19.

A frigatebird was reported by an observer from a car traveling south on the Garden State Parkway on June 23. The bird was said to be flying north, near Cape May Court House.

A few immature NORTHERN GANNETS and a few BROWN PELICANS are also being seen off Cape May Point.

Other highlights this week included: two GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Bunker Pond in the Cape May Point State Park on June 19; RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH on Cape May Point on the 22nd; apparently southbound LESSER YELLOWLEGS and LEAST SANDPIPER at South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 22nd; and two GULL-BILLED TERNS at SCMM on the 23rd.

Nature Notes: Diamond-backed Terrapins were seen egg-laying in two locations in Cape May County this week. Turtle eggs are a delicacy to a variety of predators (like skunks and raccoons) that dig up the nests and feast on the eggs. An observer on the dikes at McNamara WMA saw the remains of several nests that had suffered just such a fate. An Edward's Hairstreak was found in a restricted area of Atlantic County airport, only the 2nd modern record for this butterfly in southern New Jersey. Bog Coppers are flying, with numbers seen at bogs along the Tuckahoe River. The seasons first Tawny Emperor was seen in Goshen on June 22.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, 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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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