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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/7/2011
A BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK was discovered on Lily Lake, Saturday, July 3rd, 2011. An adult BLACK TERN was seen from the Hawkwatch platform at Cape May Point State Park the same day. The BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK was last reported on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011.

Two CORY???S SHEARWATERS were photographed on the Cape May Whale Watcher on Monday, July 4th, 2011. Many WILSON???S STORM-PETRELS were seen as well.

A sub-adult SANDWICH TERN was found on the railings in Bunker Pond of the Cape May Point State Park on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011.

An adult ROSEATE TERN was found on a CMBO morning walk at the South Cape May Meadows beach on Monday, July 4th, 2011. Another two ROSEATE TERNS were found on the railings in Bunker Pond of the Cape May Point State Park during the CMBO morning walk on Thursday, July 7th, 2011. ???The EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was last reported on Whildin Ave. in Cape May Point, between Yale and Lincoln Avenues, on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011.

A flock of up to 21 RUDDY DUCKS have decided to summer over at Brigantine NWR along the third part of the dog leg. The ducks were last reported on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011.

A report from Tuckahoe WMA on Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 included LEAST BITTERN, CASPIAN TERN, and NORTHERN HARRIER.

The South Cape May Meadows and the Cape May Point State Park has shown the best evidence of fall shorebird migration this week; SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS have all been reported by many. Four ???EASTERN??? WILLETS were seen flying South at Cape May Point on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011.

BOBOLINKS have been reported from multiple locations this past week, mostly flyovers suspected to be failed breeders to the North. Five birds flew over Reed???s Beach on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011, two birds on the CMBO morning Meadows walk on Monday, July 4th, 2011. Single flyover birds from Cape May Point and the Meadows on Monday, July 4th, 2011 and Thursday, July 7th, 2011 respectively.

Belleplain State Forest had KENTUCKY WARBLER, three SUMMER TANAGERS, two PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and ACADIAN FLYCATCHER on Saturday, July 2nd, 2011.

A singing male NORTHERN PARULA was heard along the road to Jake???s Landing on Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 along with NORTHERN HARRIER and SALTMARSH SPARROW at the parking lot. Another NORTHERN PARULA was heard in Cape May Point, Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 with another singing from the State Park on Thursday, July 7th, 2011.

BROWN PELICANS continue to be reported from a few locations; seven at Cape May Point on Sunday, July 3rd, 2011, nine flying past Poverty Beach and a single bird flying East from the Meadows on Saturday, July 4th, 2011, five flying past the Meadows on Thursday, July 7th, 2011.

Nine first summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS was a good count from the South Cape May beach on Thursday, July 7th, 2011.

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