Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/1/1999
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 July 1 include reports of ICELAND GULL, SANDWICH TERN, GREATER SHEARWATER, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

Note: The parking lots at Hidden Valley Ranch and Higbee Beach are closed for the summer. At this time it appears that the lots will re-open on September 9.

An ICELAND GULL has been frequenting the area near the Fishing Creek out-fall at Miami Avenue in Villas, It was last reported on June 30.

Three SANDWICH TERNS were at Stone Harbor Point on June 27.

A GREATER SHEARWATER was seen off Stone Harbor Point on June 30. An exhausted Greater Shearwater was rescued from the back bay earlier in the week.

Shorebirds were moving behind the weak front that passed on June 30. Migrating through the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the morning of the 30th were 20 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 8 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 6 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 2 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and 35 Glossy Ibis. A Great Blue Heron also headed south across the bay.

Other highlights this week included: BALD EAGLE over Lily Lake on June 26; 3 GULL-BILLED TERNS at the SCMM on the 26th; WILSON'S STORM-PETREL was off Cape May Point on the 26th; and 14 BROWN PELICANS off Cape May Point on the 28th.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, 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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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