Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/24/2004
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 24th. Highlights from the last week include AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, WHITE-FACED IBIS, ROSEATE TERN, SANDWICH TERN, COMMON EIDER, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe NWR from June 20th through at least the 23rd, seen in the east pool east of the north dike dogleg. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was also reported from this spot on June 23rd.

Stone Harbor Point continues to be the June hotspot in Cape May County. One ROSEATE TERN, one SANDWICH TERN, and one CASPIAN TERN were sorted out from among many other, more common tern species here on June 22nd. COMMON TERNS, LEAST TERNS, and BLACK SKIMMERS are nesting at the Point, along with 2 pairs of GULL-BILLED TERN, and FORSTER'S TERNS are nesting in the nearby marshes. The high count for ROYAL TERNS in the last week was 18 on June 19th. Lingering shorebirds noted here include 25 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 12 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and 2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS on June 19th, and 3 RED KNOTS, 2 DUNLIN, and a WHIMBREL on June 22nd.

A first-summer male COMMON EIDER continues to frequent the area between Sunset Beach and the Alexander Avenue jetty in Cape May Point, with our most recent report from June 24th. Three BLACK SCOTERS also continue here. Our last report of the SURF SCOTER that was associating with these birds is from June 18th.

A first-summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the beach at South Cape May (near the boundary between Cape May Point State Park and The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge) on June 18th.

BROWN PELICANS are being seen daily from coastal areas all around Cape May and Cape May Point.

Noteworthy June birds include a WORM-EATING WARBLER far from breeding habitat in West Cape May on June 22nd and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, even farther from breeding habitat, at Cape May Point State Park on June 19th.

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