Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/4/2004

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 3rd. Highlights from the last week include SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, FRANKLIN'S GULL, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, and news of the season.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen on May 29th at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area in the second and third fields.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was found soaring through the skies above Bivalve, Cumberland County, on June 3rd.

A second summer FRANKLIN'S GULL was seen at Fortescue, Cumberland County, on May 31st. A female RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was also discovered here on the same day and seen again on June 1st. Both birds were seen around the bridge at the end of New Jersey Avenue. Take Rt. 637 into Fortescue. It dead ends at New Jersey Avenue. Turn left to reach the bridge over the tidal creek. On June 1st a female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen nearby, along Rt. 637.

A few late northbound migrants have still been seen around Cape May during the last few days, but most other reports are of breeding species. Of note is the nesting colony at Stone Harbor Point, where counts last week included over 400 BLACK SKIMMERS, 1000 COMMON TERNS, 9 nesting pair of PIPING PLOVERS, 6 nesting pair of AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, and 2 nesting pair of GULL-BILLED TERN.

Note that the bridge connecting Nummy Island to Stone Harbor Point has reopened.

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!

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