Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/8/2000
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending June 8 included SANDWICH TERN, MISSISSIPPI KITE, ROSEATE TERN, GLAUCOUS GULL, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A 1st summer SANDWICH TERN was on the beach at the South Cape May Meadows on June 4.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was present at Hidden Valley Ranch on both June 2 and 3.

A ROSEATE TERN was seen at Bunker Pond in the Cape May Point State Park on June 3, 4, and 5. Look for it roosting on the outflow pipe.

A 1st year GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen in the vicinity of the outflow pipe at Fishing Creek marsh, viewed from Miami Avenue in Villas. It was last reported on June 4.

Still at Fortescue, Cumberland County on the June 8 were 650 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and 80 RED KNOTS. Both 2nd and 3rd year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were also at Fortescue on the 8th.

Exceptional was a sighting of a basic plumaged WESTERN SANDPIPER at Stone Harbor Point on June 5. WESTERN SANDPIPERS are quite rare in spring, and there are few documented records in the state. Exceptionally late was an AMERICAN PIPIT at the Beanery on June 3.

Other highlights this week included: two RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS at Hereford Inlet on June 2, HOODED MERGANSER at the SCMM on June 3, four CLIFF SWALLOWS over the Beanery on the 3rd, four PURPLE SANDPIPERS at the Concrete Ship on the 3rd, two SOOTY SHEARWATERS off Cape May Point on the 3rd, BLACKPOLL WARBLER in West Cape May on the 4th, three WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, Three SOOTY SHEARWATERS, and eight NORTHERN GANNETS off the SCMM on the 5th, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS at Moore's Beach on the 2nd and at the West Cape impoundment on the 5th.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

The 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 hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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