Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/9/1994
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 10, 1994, include: MOURNING WARBLER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, BROWN PELICAN, SWAINSON'S WARBLER, RED-NECKED GREBE, a pelagic trip announcement, local nature notes, and program notes.

A MOURNING WARBLER was present at Higbee's Beach on June 4. This scarce spring migrant is one of the latest land birds to pass through the Cape. Up to 40 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were seen on June 9 by an observer on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Several were within a short distance of the Higbee's Beach Jetty.

Four BROWN PELICANS were seen from Thompson's Beach on June 7. Brown Pelican sightings have been scarce this year.

The SWAINSON'S WARBLER continues at Higbee Beach across from the new clamshell 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.

At least one RED-NECKED GREBE is still being seen at the base of the toll bridge to Nummy Island. WILLOW FLYCATCHERS have returned to the state park; one was heard calling near the intersection of the Yellow and Blue trails. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was singing along Sea Grove Ave. on the 9th, along with a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER. Rather than true migrants they are probably unattached males.

A pelagic trip aboard the "Jersey Devil" leaving from Barnegat Light is scheduled for August 5 - 6. The trip will visit the offshore canyons to the thousand fathom line. Departure time on the 5th is to be determined; return time on the 6th is 6 PM. The price is $110, non-profit. For more information call Paul Guris (215) 348-4295.

Local nature notes: Strong fragrance of Japanese Honeysuckle has lured most hummingbirds away from home feeders; they'll be back, however, so continue to clean them [the feeders]. Multiflora Rose is also in full bloom but doesn't seem to attract hummers. Also in bloom now are Wisteria, Elderberry, and Viburnum or Arrow-wood. Silk moths are emerging now. Look for Polyphemus, Promethia, and Luna moths.

CMBO's next Members Night, June 15, will be a program by Joan Walsh on NJ's Breeding Bird Atlas. [other 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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