Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/12/2005
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, May 12th. Highlights from the last week include WHITE-FACED IBIS, WHITE IBIS, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, ROSEATE TERN, PARASITIC JAEGER, GREAT CORMORANT, MARBLED GODWIT, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, WILSONS PHALAROPE, DICKCISSEL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, and news of the migration.

Two WHITE-FACED IBIS are being seen daily along Reeds Beach Road, either at the pond on the north side of the road or in the marsh just west of the pond. One is an adult and one is young; sightings have run from May 7th through the 12th. Another WHITE-FACED IBIS was found at Turkey Point on May 8th.

A WHITE IBIS was seen flying over the Rea Farm on May 7th but never relocated.

A flying WHITE-WINGED DOVE was reported from Ocean Drive near Two Mile Landing on May 10th. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at this location on May 11th.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN has been seen by many observers at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge; our most recent report is from May 11th.

A ROSEATE TERN was seen off Cape May Point on May 12th.

Single PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen off Cape May Point on May 10th and 11th, and two were found on May 7th.

A young GREAT CORMORANT continues to frequent the Concrete Ship off Sunset Beach; our most recent report of this bird is from May 11th.

A MARBLED GODWIT continues to be seen sporadically at Two Mile (Thoroughfare) Island, but all of our reports have come from birders on boats; part of this island may be observed from Two Mile Landing.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and two GULL-BILLED TERNS were at East Point on May 11th. GULL-BILLED TERNS were also seen along Bayberry Lane in Cape May Court House on May 6th and at Beaver Swamp on May 8th.

A WILSONS PHALAROPE and a BONAPARTES GULL were at Bivalve on May 8th.

A DICKCISSEL was seen at a feeder in Cape May Point on the morning of May 11th and then at the second field of the Rea Farm that afternoon. A flyover DICKCISSEL was noted from Higbee on May 12th, and another was noted here on the 10th.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to frequent the entrance road to the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.

A LEAST BITTERN was seen from the east path of the South Cape May Meadows on May 12th. One was also seen several times in the preceding days at Cove Pool from the boardwalk that begins at the end of Mt. Vernon Ave. in Cape May. An AMERICAN BITTERN was noted from the Meadows east path on the 11th. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was at the Meadows on the 10th.

One PURPLE FINCH, a CANADA WARBLER, and 2 CEDAR WAXWINGS were noteworthy finds around Lily Lake on May 12th; an excellent assortment of warblers and other migrant songbirds were seen around the lake and throughout Cape May Point May 8th through the 12th. Other migrants found at various locations around Cape May during the last week include BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, SUMMER TANAGER, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, BOBOLINK, and an abundance of ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS.

The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's web site at http://www.njaudubon.org

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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