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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/14/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Friday July 14. The roster this week includes sightings of BROWN PELICAN, SANDHILL CRANE, GULL-BILLED TERN, SANDWICH TERN, BLACK TERN, SORA, PARASITIC JAEGER, and WILSONS STORM PETRELS.

Shorebird migration is underway with more and more birds being reported daily. Virtually every typical species was reported this week from the Hotline coverage area. Stone Harbor Point was reported to have good numbers of birds, though difficult to see due to the nesting areas that are roped off. As well, it seems that Brigantine, as always, is a good bet to see various shorebird species.

A few BROWN PELICANS were reported this week. On 7/12 one bird was seen from Sunset Beach in Cape May Point. On 7/13 two birds were seen in Hereford Inlet.

The SANDHILL CRANE is still being seen in the Beaver Swamp WMA at the end of Beaver Dam Rd. The bird was last reported yesterday, 7/13.

While GULL-BILLED TERNS can be found at Beaver Dam WMA with the crane, one tern was reported from Stone Harbor Point on 7/11.

A SANDWICH TERN has been seen frequently this week from 7/11 through yesterday, 7/13. Most reports are of this bird being seen flying overhead or sitting at Bunker Pond in the Cape May Point State Park.

A breeding plumage BLACK TERN was reported sitting with a number of ROYAL TERNS from Champagne Island in Hereford Inlet, on 7/12.

Also seen on 7/12 from Cape May Point were a handful of WILSONS STORM PETRELS and two PARASITIC JAEGERS.

Finally, a SORA was reported from the Meadows on 7/10.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open Thursday through Tuesday, 9-4:30. The Northwood Center will be closed on Wednesdays through the months of July and August and will resume a seven day a week schedule in September. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. Due to the upcoming store inventory at the Northwood Center, there may be lack of hotline coverage in the next couple of weeks. We will do our best to insure that there is uninterrupted coverage during this time.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A late summer pelagic trip is scheduled for Aug 20 out of Belmar in search of Audubons Shearwater, White-faced Storm-Petrel, Long-tailed Jaeger, and other warm-water species. Another trip visiting New Jersey waters is scheduled from Freeport, Long Island Sep 10, looking for the same species. For more information about both of these trips contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com

Good luck and Good Birding!

 
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