Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/6/1995
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending July 6 1995 include sightings of ROSEATE TERN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, returning shorebirds, announcements, nature notes, etc.

Two ROSEATE TERNS were seen July 1-3 on Champagne Island, in Hereford Inlet. Also on the island then were CASPIAN TERN, ROYAL TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, & 8 species of shorebirds, including WHIMBREL and RED KNOT. Jersey Cape Nature Excursions runs boat tours to the island; call them at 884-3712.

A first-summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at the Concrete Ship on June 30.

Shorebirds are on their way south; a flock of over 220 WILLETS was seen migrating along the bayshore just north of The Villas. A few SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and LESSER YELLOWLEGS have been seen in the South Cape May Meadows, and LEAST SANDPIPERS have also been seen in a variety of places.

WILSON'S STORM PETRELS and BROWN PELICANS have been seen fairly far up into the bay, with reports from as far north as Gandy's Beach, north of Fortescue.

The state of NJ has closed the parking lots at Higbee Beach WMA again for the summer. This does not mean that Higbee Beach is closed, just the parking lots. You can still bird and butterfly the area, but you must be dropped off there, ride a bike, or park in the Hidden Valley parking lot further up New England Road and walk down. The parking lot closures are the state's attempt to address illicit activities that occur there during warm summer months.

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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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory, call our office at 609-884-2736 or a send a request for info to CMBO, P.O. Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you are in the area, do not hesitate to visit our headquarters and growing birding bookstore at 707 E. Lake Dr., Cape May Point. We're open 9-5 every day but Monday.

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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