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 15, 2003. Highlights from the last week include
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, CURLEW SANDPIPER,
ROSEATE TERN, WHITE IBIS, WHITE-FACED IBIS, "BLACK BRANT", LARK SPARROW,
DICKCISSEL, and RED-NECKED GREBE.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen in the skies above Cape May Point on May 14th.
At least 3 individual MISSISSIPPI KITES have been seen repeatedly around
Cape May on May 14th and 15th, with reports from Cape May Point, the Rea
Farm, Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area, and other nearby sites.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen along Langley Road in Cumberland County on May
A CURLEW SANDPIPER was found from the Strawberry Lane boardwalk at Bivalve
on May 10th.
A ROSEATE TERN has been seen several times during the last week around Cape
May Point, sometimes in flight offshore, and at least once each resting on
the beach at the State Park and on the jetty at the end of Brainard
St. Our most recent report is from May 11th.
An adult WHITE IBIS has been seen sporadically all week in various areas of
Middle Township, with most sightings from the end of Goshen Landing
Road. Our most recent report is from May 15th.
A WHITE-FACED IBIS at the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge remained
present through at least May 14th.
A "BLACK BRANT" (the western race of BRANT) was seen from Ocean Drive, just
north of Cape May, on May 9th and 10th.
A LARK SPARROW was seen at Higbee on May 9th and the 10th.
DICKCISSELS have been found at Turkey Point and Higbee on May 13th, at
Higbee on May 11 and 12, and 3 were in Cape May Point on May 10th.
Lingering RED-NECKED GREBES were found at the South Seaville Pond on May
9th and in Cape May harbor on May 10th.
A SWAINSON'S WARBLER was reported from the campground entrance at
Belleplain State Forest on May 9th, and one at Higbee from the 10th, but
details are lacking.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported from Goshen Landing Road on May 10th.
A BELL'S VIREO was reported from Cape May Point on May 15th.
Three ARCTIC TERNS were reported offshore at Cape May Point on May 15th.
The spring songbird migration is in full swing; sightings from the last
week include almost all of the expected warblers and other migrant
songbirds. Shorebird numbers are building rapidly toward the annual late
May peak. Raptor migration spiked upward this week with the southerly
breezes of May 14th and 15th.
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 CMBO's 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