Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/25/1998
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 25 include reports of CORY'S SHEARWATER, GREATER SHEARWATER, SOOTY SHEARWATER, and MANX SHEARWATER, MISSISSIPPI KITE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

A pod of up to seven Fin Whales attracted to bait fish about 12 to 15 miles off Cape May also attracted numbers of seabirds. On June 20 and 21, over 300 GREATER SHEARWATERS were estimated from whale-watching boats out of Cape May. On June 24, observers on the Whale Watch and Research Center boat tallied one Fin Whale, 35 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, ten GREATER SHEARWATERS, a MANX SHEARWATER, a SOOTY SHEARWATER, a PARASITIC JAEGER, 25 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, nine N. GANNETS, and four COMMON LOONS. On the 25th observers on the same boat saw no whales but had 20+ CORY'S SHEARWATERS, SEVEN GREATER SHEARWATERS, a MANX SHEARWATER, two WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, two COMMON LOONS, and a N. GANNET.

Up to seven MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen around Cape May Point on June 19, with five on the 20th, two on the 21st, and five on the 24th.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen at the Cape May Point State Park on June 21st.

A RUDDY DUCK continues to linger at lily Lake, while an OLDSQUAW continues at Reed's Beach. A GADWALL with six chicks was at the South Cape May Meadows.

Local nature Notes follow: The Center for Research & Education in Goshen has some interesting breeders on the property. CHAT, BLUE GROSBEAK, ORCHARD ORIOLE, and INDIGO BUNTING are all singing. The two SORA families in SCMM continue to be seen occasionally. This is the first documented record ever of breeding Soras in Cape May County. Hummingbirds have returned to feeders now that the Honeysuckle bloom has passed. Remember to continue to clean your hummingbird feeders once a week and refill with fresh solution. Butterfly news included a Coral Hairstreak in Goshen on June 20, Appalachian Brown in Goshen on the 24th, and Rare Skipper there on the 25th. A few Monarchs are being seen. Silver-spotted Skippers and Zabulon Skippers are being seen in good numbers. Common Milkweed, Butterfly-weed, and Pickerelweed, all good butterfly nectar sources, are all in bloom. In gardens Bee Balm and Butterfly Bush are blooming. Two Four-spotted Pennants, a rare dragonfly in New Jersey, were seen in the dunes at Cape May Point on June 24.

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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