Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/1/1994
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 July 1, 1994, include: ROSEATE TERN, RED-NECKED GREBE, SWAINSON'S WARBLER, some returning shorebirds, local nature notes and announcements. An adult ROSEATE TERN continues to be seen around Cape May Point. It was seen at the State Park at Bunker Pond on June 25, and near the Concrete Ship on June 27. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen behind Stone Harbor on June 27, viewed from Ocean Drive near the "free" bridge. This is probably one of 3 birds that have been in the vicinity since mid-May. The SWAINSON'S WARBLER that has spent the spring and summer across from the upper parking lot at Higbee Beach IS still present. It was heard singing on June 25, although it sings much less frequently now. Some shorebirds have begun their return trips from the Arctic. A few SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and GREATER YELLOWLEGS have been seen. Good places include South Cape May Meadows and Bunker Pond. Other interesting sightings this week included: an imm. male SURF SCOTER at the Concrete Ship June 27; two ROYAL TERNS on Bunker Pond on June 25; a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH on Sea Grove Ave. June 26; and a WORM-EATING WARBLER at Higbee Beach on June 25. The Cape May whale watcher reported a CORY'S SHEARWATER, a SOOTY SHEARWATER, and 20 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS on June 23. An Announcement about Higbee Beach. All parking lots at Higbee Beach are now closed until Labor Day. This does not mean that Higbee Beach WMA is closed to birders, but it is a problem if you are driving to get there. The Hidden Valley parking lot on New England Road will remain open. Local nature notes: The Cape May County Butterfly Count was held on June 25. Forty species were found; a highlight was 40 American Snout butterflies tallied. Snouts can be found near Hackberry trees, their food plant. Suddenly hummingbird activity at area feeders has increased; that may be related to the fledging of the first brood of youngsters. Sightings of males in courtship flight indicate many are preparing for a second brood. Attention Atlasers: listen at dusk for calling baby BARN OWLS in likely locations, like holly trees, barns, and abandoned buildings. A family of baby Barn Owls has been calling near Goshen, non-stop. [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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