Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/14/2004
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Wednesday, July 14th. Highlights from the last week include SOOTY SHEARWATER, GREATER SHEARWATER, PARASITIC JAEGER, BLACK TERN, COMMON EIDER, ROSEATE TERN, SANDWICH TERN, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, STILT SANDPIPER, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

The rips off Cape May Point have concentrated many birds this week. Seen from shore from various viewpoints around the Point were a WILSON'S STORM-PETREL on July 14th, SOOTY SHEARWATER, GREATER SHEARWATER, PARASITIC JAEGER, 2 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS and 2 BLACK TERNS on July 13th , and a GREATER SHEARWATER and a NORTHERN GANNET on the 12th. On the 11th one GREATER SHEARWATER, 2 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, 1 NORTHERN GANNET, and 1 JAEGER sp. were seen, and on the 10th one SOOTY SHEARWATER, one GREATER SHEARWATER, and 5 distant GREATER/CORY'S SHEARWATERS were found.

A COMMON EIDER, one SURF SCOTER, and 5 to 6 BLACK SCOTERS continue to spend summer off Cape May Point.

Four ROSEATE TERNS and one SANDWICH TERN were at Stone Harbor Point on July 8th.

Two LEAST BITTERNS, a PIED-BILLED GREBE, a COMMON MOORHEN and a GREEN-WINGED TEAL were found at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The Meadows") on July 10th, and a GULL-BILLED TERN and a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO were here on the 12th. A SOLITARY SANDPIPER and 8 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were noted at The Meadows on July 9th.

Shorebird numbers are building around southern New Jersey. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and a STILT SANDPIPER were at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on July 13th, and 9 "Hendersoni" SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were atop the dredge spoil at Higbee on July 9th and 10th.

An oddly plumaged second summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was scrutinized at Stone Harbor Point on July 13th.

The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's web site at http://www.njaudubon.org

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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