Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/13/1999
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This is a special edition of the hotline, with a focus on Saturday's World Series of Birding.

This week's highlights included: a kite seen on May 11, perched along the Garden State Parkway at mile marker three that was identified as a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, / MISSISSIPPI KITES were around Cape May Point this week, and two SANDHILL CRANES flew over Belleplain State Forest on May 9

Here is a rundown of other sightings:

RED-THROATED LOONS continue to linger in fair numbers around Cape May Point, with 50 seen on May 11; three SOOTY SHEARWATERS were off the Point on May 13; 200 NORTHERN GANNETS were off the Point on the 11th; a GREAT CORMORANT was at the Concrete Ship on May 12; LEAST BITTERNS are nesting in the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) and in the Cape May Point State Park; YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS are in a rookery behind Avalon at 35th and Ocean.

Lingering waterfowl include: a SNOW GOOSE seen along the road to North Wildwood on May 12; two GREEN-WINGED TEAL and FIVE BLUE-WINGED TEAL at SCMM on the 10th and 11th; a NORTHERN SHOVELER and two AMERICAN WIGEON at the Coast Guard Ponds along Ocean Drive on the 11th; a Lesser Scaup on Lily Lake on the 11th; a COMMON EIDER reported from the Point on the 11th but not seen since; and a female HOODED MERGANSER at Timber Beaver Swamp on the 12th.

BLACK RAILS have been heard at Turkey Point in Cumberland County and KING RAIL is in SCMM. An AMERICAN COOT has been in SCMM and COMMON MOORHEN are there also.

The only unusual shorebirds are: MARBLED GODWIT along the road to North Wildwood, and another bird near Thorofare Island behind Two Mile Landing. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was a fly-by along the road to North Wildwood. Up to 15 PURPLE SANDPIPERS continue to linger on the jetties at Cape May Point.

PARASITIC JAEGERS have been reported on several occasions off Cape May Point this week and a POMARINE JAEGER was seen on the 13th. Roseate Tern was seen early in the week and Sandwich Tern was reported off Cape May Point on the 11th.

Both the Millville airport and the Cape May County airport have HORNED LARK and EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

Belleplain State Forest has its normal list of breeders: At Sunset Bridge you can find AMERICAN REDSTART, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, WORM-EATING, HOODED WARBLERS, and PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS. SUMMER TANAGERS can be heard singing beyond the barrier on New Bridge Road just before it crosses Savages Run. YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and ACADIAN FLYCATCHER can be heard in the White Pine stands further along New Bridge Road.


Good movements of passerines occurred this past week. Some highlights were: GOLDEN-WINGED and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS at Higbee Beach on the 9th; WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW at West Cape May on the 9th; MOURNING WARBLER at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 10th; LINCOLN'S SPARROW at Higbee Beach on the 10th; OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Higbee Beach on the 10th; DICKCISSEL flying over the State Park on the 11th; CERULEAN WARBLER at Hidden Valley on the 11th; and a good flight of birds on the 13th.

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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity.

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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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