Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/12/2000
You have reached the Cape May birding hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubons Cape May Bird Observatory. This is a special World Series of Birding hotline for May 11. Well review the weeks highlights, and then summarize sightings pertinent to World Series. This week's highlights included: SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, BLACK-NECKED STILT, RUFF, SANDHILL CRANE, and MISSISSIPPI KITE.

There were two SWALLOW-TAILED KITE sightings this week. One was over the Beanery on May 8. Another was seen moving south along the Garden State Parkway on May 11.

Remarkably there were three SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER reports this week.

One flew by the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on May 6, one was at Stone

Harbor Point on May 6 and 7, and one was in Lawrence Township, Cumberland County on May 5.

A BLACK-NECKED STILT was at Turkey Point on May 8.

A RUFF spent two days (May 5-6) at the pool behind 2nd Avenue cove in Cape May.

Three SANDHILL CRANES were flying south past Goshen on May 6.

MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen on May 6 over West Cape May, and on May 11 over the Beanery.

There was an excellent warbler flight on May 6 and 7, with the Beanery the hotspot. Some highlights were GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS at the Beanery and Wildwood Crest, CERULEAN WARBLER at CMBO on Cape May Point, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER at the Beanery. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 7th.

One or two ROSEATE TERNS were seen around Cape May Point between May 5 and 10. Other offshore sightings included two PARASITIC JAEGERS on May 8 and one on the 10th. Over 50 NORTHERN GANNETS were off Cape May Point on

May 11, and there have been several BROWN PELICAN sightings.

Lingering waterfowl included two NORTHERN SHOVELERS along Ocean Drive on May 6 and 10, two GREEN-WINGED TEAL and a BLUE-WINGED TEAL in the SCMM on the 7th, three GADWALL along Ocean Drive on the 8th, AMERICAN COOT in Bunker Pond on the 9th, five BLACK SCOTER and a SURF SCOTER off Poverty Beach on the 11th, and six SURF SCOTERS off Cape May Point on the 11th.

In the shorebird category a WILSONS PHALAROPE and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were at the West Cape impoundment May 8-10, a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was at the Wetlands Institute on May 11, and a MARBLED GODWIT continues behind Two Mile Landing.

Both PINE SISKINS and RED CROSSBILLS have been heard and seen this week.

RED CROSSBILLS were in Belleplain and along Weatherby Road. PINE SISKINS have been around Cape May Point.

The SCMM has its standard list of breeders including LEAST BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, and COMMON MOORHEN, and LEAST TERN and PIPING PLOVER on the beach. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS usually nest in the bunker in the State


Belleplain has a wide array of nesting birds. The bridge at Savages Run

along Sunset Road has YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, WORM-EATING, BLACK AND WHITE, and PINE WARBLERS, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, occasionally PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, and ACADIAN FLYCATCHER. SUMMER TANAGERS are breeding along Franks Road heading from Pine Swamp Road toward the campground. Any of white pine stands have both YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and ACADIAN FLYCATCHER. PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS are nesting at Head of River, and at Tarkiln Run.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to perpetuate and preserve the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at

701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Goshen Center also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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