Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/18/2000
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending May 18 include CURLEW SANDPIPER, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, SANDHILL CRANE, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A CURLEW SANDPIPER was at Thompson's Beach on May 13. The bird was in view for only a brief period and there were no follow-up sightings.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was over Cape May Point on May 12, but was seen to fly south over Delaware Bay.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was near Tuckahoe along Route 50 about > of a mile north of Route 631, on May 16.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen around Cape May Point on May 14, and was seen again on both the 15th and 16th.

A BLACK-NECKED STILT was at Brig on May12, but there were no further reports. A 'Eurasian' WHIMBREL was reported there on the same day.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was reported from the Beanery on May 12 and there were two from there on the 14th.

Other highlights this week included: OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at the West Cape May impoundment on May 12, BICKNELL'S THRUSH at Belleplain on the 12th, MARBLED GODWIT on Thoroughfare Island behind Two Mile Landing on the 12th and 13th, LINCOLN'S SPARROW at Higbee Beach on the 13th, BLACK TERNS at the State Park and at Villas on the 13th, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, four GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and three BLUE-WINGED TEAL at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 13th, PARASITIC JAEGER off Cape May Point on the 13th, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 13th, PHILADELPHIA VIREO at Higbee Beach on the 13th, SEDGE WREN and STILT SANDPIPER at the cove pool behind 2nd Avenue on the 13th, MOURNING WARBLER at Higbee Beach on the 15th, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH at Villas on the 15th, and ROSEATE TERN off Cape May Point on the 17th.

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. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Goshen Center also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers.

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

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