Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/3/1994
You have reached the Cape May birding hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights of the week ending June 3, 1994, include: LARK BUNTING, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, FRANKLIN'S GULL, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, BROWN PELICANS, local news and announcements. An adult male LARK BUNTING was present in the South Cape May Meadows on June 2 near the dune on the center path. A search of the area this morning, June 3, did not produce a repeat sighting. A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was present at Higbee Beach for two days on May 27-28 in the tower field on the newly plowed dirt. On May 29 an observer searching for the SCISSOR-TAILED found a WESTERN KINGBIRD in the same field. There were no repeat sightings. Two second-hand reports were received this week with no details. One was of a FRANKLIN'S GULL at Moore's Beach on May 28, while the other was of a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE on Lily Lake also on May 28. Seven BROWN PELICANS were seen at Cape May Point on May 29. Brown Pelican sightings have been scarce this year. The SWAINSON'S WARBLER continues at Higbee Beach across from the new clam-shell parking lot on new England Rd. It has been present at this location since May 1, and is occasionally heard singing from the wet woods in the second field. Migrant land birds were scarce this week as is usually the case at this time of year. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was present at Higbee Beach on May 28, while an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from Higbee on May 29. On the oceanfront this week: two CASPIAN TERNS were off the Second Ave. Jetty on May 30, while a ROYAL TERN was seen from the State Park on the smae day. A late RED-THROATED LOON was also at the Second Ave. Jetty on May 30 along with three N. GANNETS. [Program notes omitted -LL] 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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, phone our office or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L. Larson (llarson@pucc.princeton.edu).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

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