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
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,
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
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cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year;
$45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or
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Good luck and Good Birding!