Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/4/2006
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 4. The roster this week includes sightings of MISSISSIPPI KITE, ROSEATE TERN, WILSONS STORM PETREL, SANDHILL CRANE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and GULL-BILLED TERN.

There are still reports coming in of MISSISSIPPI KITE in the Cape May area this week. On 5/27 one was seen from Cape May Point while on 5/31 and 6/1 two birds were seen in the vicinity of the Beanery and along Sunset Blvd. On 5/30 three were seen heading in a northerly direction over Beaver Dam which is just north of CMBOs Center for Research and Education in Goshen.

GULL-BILLED TERN was reported from St. Peters jetty, in Cape May Point, on 5/30. There was also report on 5/30 of at least one pair at Beaver Dam where this species breeds.

A SANDHILL CRANE was spotted flying toward Cape May from Seashore Rd. on 5/27.

A ROSEATE TERN is still hanging around and was reported from the Cape May Point State Park at Bunker Pond on 6/1.

On 6/2, 14 or more WILSONS STORM PETRELS were seen from the St. Marys jetty area.

Also, at the Cape May Point State Park on the beach, a report of a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL found on 6/3.

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, 9-4:30.

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 CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good luck and Good Birding!

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