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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/22/2006
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 Saturday July 22. The roster this week includes sightings of BROWN PELICAN, ROSEATE TERN, WILSONS STORM-PETREL, SURF SCOTER and SANDHILL CRANE.

Fall migration is beginning to pick up as more migrant species are being found in the Cape May area this week. The first migrant BOBOLINK were reported flying over while more shorebird species seem to be easily found in the proper habitats. Swallows are becoming more numerous in Cape May air space with no less than five species being reported. Now is the time to get out if you want to catch one last glimpse of those early fall migrants before they head off for parts south.

There have been a few sightings of BROWN PELICAN this week. Five were spotted on 7/16 from St. Peters beach in Cape May Point. Three more were reported on 7/20, again from Cape May Point.

At least two ROSEATE TERNS were seen in Cape May this week, on 7/20 from Cape May Point. Two more terns were spotted in Cumberland County in the Bivalve area, again on 7/20.

A few WILSONS STORM-PETRELS were spotted this week. Six petrels were seen in the Bivalve area of Cumberland County and four were spotted form Cape May Point on 7/20. On 7/19 10+ (all singletons) were counted from the Cape May- Lewes ferry.

On 7/18 an immature drake SURF SCOTER was seen from Sunset Beach.

The SANDHILL CRANE continues at the Beaver Swamp WMA at the end of Beaver Dam Road.

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. Northwood Center will be closed on this Tuesday 7/25 and Wednesday 7/26 for inventory. 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:

The New Jersey Audubon Societys Center for Research and Education in Goshen is hosting a free shorebird photography exhibit Art of the Shorebird Guide, now through August 20th. Featured photographers include Kevin Karlson (co-author of the new Shorebird Guide), Greg Downing, Scott Elowitz and Heather Forcier.

The pelagic trip scheduled for August 20 out of Belmar NJ is now full. Names are being taken for a waiting list. For more information, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or email them at info@paulagics.comhttp://www.paulagics.com

Good luck and Good Birding!

 
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