CAPE MAY BIRDING HOTLINE July 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. -
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
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
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
Good luck and Good Birding!
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
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.