Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/15/2003
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 15th.

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

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