Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/13/2004
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, May 13th. Highlights from the last week include SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, PURPLE GALLINULE, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, ROSEATE TERN, PARASITIC JAEGER, WHITE-FACED IBIS, DICKCISSEL, GLAUCOUS GULL, and BLACK-NECKED STILT.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen over the Beanery on May 12th and the same (or perhaps another) here on the 13th. Eight MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen here on the 12th and at least two on the 13th, after one was seen at Hidden Valley on May 11th.

The PURPLE GALLINULE continues at the Wetlands Institute, along Stone Harbor Blvd., reported most recently May 13th. The bird frequents the small patch of mixed habitat (primarily lawn, brush, and phragmites) between the parking lot and Stone Harbor Blvd. When resting in the middle of the brushy area, the bird is not visible, but it has not been seen leaving this small, unlikely area. It was first discovered here on April 15th

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was reported from New England Rd., between Higbee Beach WMA and Bayshore Rd., on May 13th

Two ROSEATE TERNS were seen off Cape May Pt. (near the St. Peters Gingerbread Church) on May 11 and 12, with one bird reported here May 13th Two PARASITIC JAEGERS have also been seen off Cape May Point in recent days, our most recent report being from May 12th

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was found at the end of Stimpson Island Rd. on May 13th

A DICKCISSEL was seen (and heard singing) May 12th and 13th along Bayshore Road by the south edge of the field where new houses are being built.

A GLAUCOUS GULL has been seen several times in the vicinity of the southernmost toll bridge on Ocean Drive or nearby Thoroughfare Island, viewed from Two Mile Landing. Our most recent report of this bird is from May 12th. A BLACK-NECKED STILT was seen on May 12th at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. The best songbird flight of the spring migration to date brought many birds to Cape May on the morning of May 10th; numbers have been diminishing every day since then.

WORLD SERIES OF BIRDING teams are encouraged to check http://www.worldseriesofbirding.org for the latest information about bird sightings around Cape May and all across New Jersey. Notes from the May 13th Swap Meet will be posted by about 10:00 a.m. on May 14th.

Please note that the free bridge connecting Nummy Island to south Stone Harbor is now closed until further notice for construction estimated date for reopening is late May. Nummy can still be accessed from North Wildwood Blvd.; drive past the road closed local traffic only sign and over the bridge.

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!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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