Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/1/2006

[Note: Re-posted at the request of the compiler, since both 6/29 and 6/30 versions were incomplete. This version, July 1, is definitive. - LL]

You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Thursday June 29 [and revised on June 30]. The roster this week includes sightings of FRIGATEBIRD sp., BLACK TERN, ROSEATE TERN, PARASITIC JAEGER, GREATER SHEARWATER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, SANDHILL CRANE, MISSISSIPPI KITE and WHITE-FACED IBIS.

AMENDMENT: A FRIGATEBIRD species was reported from the mile marker 2 area of the Garden State Parkway seen around 2:40 pm, 6/29. The bird was seen drifting toward the ocean and has not been reported again since the initial sighting.

The SANDHILL CRANE that has been frequenting the Beaver Swamp WMA was reported 6/29.

On the morning of 6/29 a sub-adult MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen over the Cape May Point State Park flying toward the Meadows, around 9:30 am. A second report of MISSISSIPPI KITE was of an adult bird seen from Buckshutem Wildlife Management Area near Millville around 12:00 pm. The bird was reported to be seen near the irregular-shaped field along Rt. 698 in the WMA.

A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen from St. Mary's jetty area on 6/27.

WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS continue to be seen from Cape May Point this week. Today, 6/29 a few were seen from the St. Peter's jetty area. As well, the ROSEATE TERN continues and was on the beach, also seen from St. Peter's.

On 6/28 a GREATER SHEARWATER was seen from St. Mary's and a possible MANX SHEARWATER was seen today, 6/29 from the same area.

The breeding plumage BLACK TERN was found again yesterday, 6/28 in the Bunker Pond vicinity.

Lastly at least one WHITE-FACED IBIS continues to be seen, albeit infrequently, near Crest Haven and was last seen on 6/26.


CMBO's bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open Thursday through Tuesday, 9-4:30. Starting 7/5 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. Both centers will be closed 7/4.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's 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 you'll 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 Audubon's 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!

Jason Guerard
Sales Manager
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
Northwood Center
701 East Lake Drive, P.O. Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ USA 08212-0003
Ph: 609-884-2736 / Fx: 609-884-6052
http://www.njaudubon.org / http://cmbo.njaudubon.org

*Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558.

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