Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/4/2007
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Monday June 4, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of FRIGATEBIRD SP., BLACK SCOTER, SURF SCOTER, HORNED GREBE, BONAPARTE'S GULL, CATTLE EGRET, GREAT CORMORANT, MISSISSIPPI KITE, WILSON'S PLOVER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, WHITE-FACED IBIS, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WILLOW FLYCATCHER and CANADA WARBLER.

Please excuse the unavoidable lapse in hotline coverage. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

A female/imm. FRIGATEBIRD SP. was seen floating over the beaches in Cape May on the evening of 5/31. Also an all dark FRIGATEBIRD SP. was seen from mile marker 14 on the GSP on 6/1. There have been no further reports of any frigatebirds in the Cape May area since.

A female BLACK SCOTER was seen in bunker pond at the Cape May Point State Park on 5/31.

On 5/29 an imm. male SURF SCOTER was seen in the St. Mary's jetty vicinity of Cape May Point.

A HORNED GREBE was seen in the impoundments in West Cape May on 5/31. There has been no report of this bird since.

A lone imm. BONAPARTE'S GULL was at Reed's beach on 6/1.

Brigantine NWR held at least one CATTLE EGRET on 5/28. The bird was on the left side of the dike well before the first tower.

As of 5/29, a young GREAT CORMORANT persists in the Hereford Inlet area.

MISSISSIPPI KITE reports have stopped coming is since 5/29 when the last report was of three birds seen over the Cape May Point State Park.

Also at the Cape May point State Park on 5/29 were one singing CANADA WARBLER and a WILLOW FLYCATCHER.

A female WILSON'S PLOVER found at Brigantine NWR on 5/27 has not been reported since. A second (or possibly the same) female WILSON'S PLOVER was found at an inaccessible part of Stone Harbor Point yesterday, 6/3. While the bird was loafing at a location that the general public cannot access it would be wise to keep the bird in mind while visiting the Stone Harbor/ Nummy's Island area in the near future.

Also at Brigantine NWR on 5/27 was a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in the west pool.

A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was seen at Brigantine NWR on 6/1.

On 6/3 a WHITE-FACED IBIS was found among an "above average" number of GLOSSY IBIS at "grid B3" at Brigantine NWR.

Lastly, an unusual find was a lone WESTERN SANDPIPER among hundreds of SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS at Stone Harbor Point on 6/1.


Starting June 1, both CMBO centers (Northwood and Center for Research and Education) will be observing new hours of operation. Both centers will now be opening at 9:30 a.m.

On Saturday June 16, the Northwood Center will have a delay opening at 12:00 noon due road closures for the Cape May Point run.

CMBO Bookstore hours are as follows; Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point; summer hours, Wednesday- Monday 9:30-4:30. The Northwood Center will be closed on Tuesdays. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday- Sunday 9:30- 4:30. At least one center will be open everyday to serve our members needs.

The New Jersey Audubon Society is offering a special springtime half- price membership rate, which entitles members to one year of reduced program fees, discounts at the center nature store and other benefits. Become a New Jersey Audubon member this spring for $19 (Individual) or $22 (Family) and receive a Ticket to Discovery, an instant benefit that provides one free nature program to the bearer and a guest (up to a $20 value). Stop in to your local NJAS center to ask for further details or to join.

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. 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 you'll receive your choice of a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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