Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/26/2003
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 26, 2003. Highlights from the last week include ROSEATE TERN, BLACK TERN, MISSISSIPPI KITE, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, CORY'S SHEARWATER, GREATER SHEARWATER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, NORTHERN GANNET, BROWN PELICAN, RED-THROATED LOON, COMMON LOON, and BLACK SCOTER.

Stone Harbor Point continues to be a prime birding location. Four ROSEATE TERNS and four BLACK TERNS were seen here on June 24th, with several reports of each species earlier in the week as well. There are also as many as 150 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS lingering here, along with several other species of shorebirds that don't nest in this region. On June 21st, one (possibly two) WESTERN SANDPIPER was found.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen over West Cape May and Cape May Point on June 25th.

Some of the Cape May commercial whale-watching trips have recently been heading far enough offshore to find some oceanic birds. On June 25th, 2 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 2 GREATER SHEARWATERS, 900 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS, and a BLACK TERN were seen approximately 17 miles offshore. On the 24th, the same area hosted 8 GREATER SHEARWATERS and an estimated 1000 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS. On June 21st, a CORY'S SHEARWATER was seen from one of the boats just offshore near the Cape May lighthouse. WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS are being seen regularly from the Cape May ferry and occasionally from shore around Cape May Point. Modest numbers of NORTHERN GANNETS are also lingering offshore this June.

BROWN PELICAN reports this week include 5 from Stone Harbor Point on June 22nd and one off Cape May Point on the 26th.

Noteworthy lingering birds seen this week include a RED-THROATED LOON in Lily Lake on June 26th, a COMMON LOON in the Cape May harbor on June 25th, and 2 BLACK SCOTERS off Cape May Point State Park on June 25th.

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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