Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 7/8/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey 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 8. The roster this week includes sightings of WILSONS STORM PETREL, GREATER SHEARWATER, EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH, SWAINSONS WARBLER, ROSEATE TERN and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

A SWAINSONS WARBLER was pished up at the Cape May Point State Park near the Pitch Pines interpretive trail sign on 7/2. There has been no further report of this bird since its initial sighting.

On 7/7 a EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH was reported from a private feeder on Alexander Ave. in Cape May Point. Please use the utmost respect for private property if you venture to Cape May Point to look for this bird.

One GREATER SHEARWATER was seen in a large feeding flock of gulls and terns off of St. Peters jetty on 7/2.

On 7/5, 200 WILSONS STORM PETRELS were counted from the Cape May- Lewes Ferry in the Delaware Bay.

At least one ROSEATE TERN continues to be seen in Cape May Point this week, with the last report coming in on 7/7.

Also, the LESSER BLACK-BACK GULL that has been seen on and off over the last few weeks was reported on 7/7.

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.

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).


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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