This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared
on Thursday, June 25th, 2009.
Highlights this week include reports of BRANT, LESSER SCAUP, COMMON
EIDER, BLACK SCOTER, CORY'S SHEARWATER, GREATER SHEARWATER, WILSON'S
STORM-PETREL, NORTHERN GANNET, BROWN PELICAN, LEAST BITTERN, BLACK
RAIL, KING RAIL, COMMON MOORHEN, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, WHIMBREL, LEAST
SANDPIPER, GULL-BILLED TERN, ROSEATE TERN, PARASITIC JAEGER,
BONAPARTE'S GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, WILLOW FLYCATCHER and
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. Also, an announcement regarding the re-opening
of CMBO's Center for Research and Education in Goshen.
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A BLACK RAIL was discovered in the South Cape May Meadows/CMMBR on
6/23, and continued through 6/25. The bird has been calling at regular
intervals toward the beginning of the west path. Black Rail is an
endangered species in New Jersey: please do not leave the path in
search of the bird, and do not play tapes or iPod recordings.
Other birds in the Meadows this week included a KING RAIL along the
west path on 6/23, COMMON MOORHEN and LEAST BITTERN along the east
path throughout the week, ROSEATE TERN and GULL-BILLED TERN on the
east path's "gull island" on 6/21, and at least 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULLS throughout the week. 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS and a NORTHERN GANNET
were seen offshore of the Meadows on 6/24. The first migrant
shorebirds of the season included 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS and a LESSER
YELLOWLEGS on 6/21, along with an early WHIMBREL on 6/22.
Seawatching from St. Peter's in Cape May Point on 6/20 produced 12
WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, a ROSEATE TERN, a BLACK SCOTER and a NORTHERN
GANNET. A BRANT was noted from Cape May Point on 6/22, and a
BONAPARTE'S GULL was seen at Davie's Lake on 6/25.
15 GREATER SHEARWATERS and several CORY'S SHEARWATERS were noted from
St. Mary's in Cape May Point on 6/18.
A back-bay boat trip on 6/20 yielded a COMMON EIDER in Richardson's
Sound, as well as a LESSER SCAUP near the toll bridge at Nummy Island.
17 BROWN PELICANS were tallied from Cape May Point State Park on 6/25.
WILLOW FLYCATCHER and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT were noted there on 6/24.
**CMBO?s Center for Research and Education in Goshen will re-open
Tuesday, June 30, 2009. CRE hours will be Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. CMBO's Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May
Point is open Wednesday - Monday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.**
*Both CMBO centers will be closed for the July 4th holiday. CMBO?s
Northwood Center will be closed for inventory July 28 and 29. CMBO-
CRE will be closed for inventory August 27 and 28.*
CMBO is offering a special to new and upgraded membership renewals.
Join CMBO for the first time or upgrade from Individual or Family to
The Hundred and receive Charley Harper's Migration Mainline- Cape May
lithograph poster, valued at $50. Call either CMBO center to ask an
associate about joining today!
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon
Society's 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.
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Good luck and good birding!