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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/25/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Sunday June 25. The roster this week includes sightings of SANDWICH TERN, BLACK TERN, ROSEATE TERN, PARASITIC JAEGER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GREATER SHEARWATER, SOOTY SHEARWATER, MANX SHEARWATER, WILSONS STORM PETREL, BROWN PELICAN and SANDHILL CRANE.

The SANDHILL CRANE that has been frequenting the Beaver Swamp WMA was reported to have been seen yesterday 6/24 in the evening.

There have been a number of pelagic species seen from Cape May in the last week. A flock of about 25 WILSONS STORM-PETRELS were seen on 6/20 from St. Marys jetty. Again, on 6/21, 5-8 were seen from the same location.

A MANX SHEARWATER was seen from Cape May Point on 6/19, in the evening.

Also on 6/19 were one CORYS SHEARWATER, and 5 GREATER SHEARWATERS. On 6/20 one GREATER SHEARWATER was seen from St. Marys jetty.

A SOOTY SHEARWATER was seen from Cape May Point on 6/21, in the morning.

PARASITIC JAEGERS have also been seen from Cape May Point this week. Two were seen on 6/19 and again, two were seen on 6/21 from St. Marys.

Lots of ROSEATE TERNS were spotted from Cape May Point on 6/19 and again, one was seen from St. Marys on 6/20.

SANDWICH TERNS have been seen with some frequency this week. One or two were seen from Cape May Point on 6/19. One second year was reported from St. Marys on the morning of 6/20 and one was seen at Cooks Beach, flying south, on 6/24.

Also on 6/24 a breeding plumage BLACK TERN was seen around Bunker Pond at the Cape May Point State Park.

At least one LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL has been hanging around Cape May this week. There was a report of one seen on 6/20 from St. Marys and one seen at the Cape May Point State Park today, 6/25.

Lastly, two BROWN PELICANS were seen from Cape May Point on the morning of 6/21.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open 7 days a week 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys 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 youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good luck and Good Birding!

 
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