Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/7/2003

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 Monday, July 7, 2003. Highlights from the last week include WHITE IBIS, ARCTIC TERN, ROSEATE TERN, SANDWICH TERN, BLACK TERN, WESTERN KINGBIRD, and AMERICAN AVOCET.

An adult WHITE IBIS was found this morning at the South Cape May Meadows, east of the center path.

Stone Harbor Point continues to be a prime birding location. Two ARCTIC TERNS (an adult and a 2nd summer bird) were present there from July 1st through at least July 3rd. Also present were at least 2 ROSEATE TERNS, a SANDWICH TERN on the 1st, and up to 4 BLACK TERNS.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen originally at Stone Harbor Point on June 28 and what was likely the same bird was seen at Cape May Point on the 29th.

An AMERICAN AVOCET was present at Forsythe NWR on June 30th.

Other highlights included a 1st year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the South Cape May Meadows on July 1 along with COMMON MOORHEN and SORA. A drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL was there on the 2nd.

Some of the Cape May commercial whale-watching trips have recently been heading far enough offshore to find some oceanic birds. On June 27th, 7 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 2 GREATER SHEARWATERS, and 350 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were seen approximately 15-28 miles offshore.

BROWN PELICAN reports this week include 5 from Villas on June 29th.

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!

Vincent J. Elia
Research Associate
Cape May Bird Observatory
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, N. J., 08210

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