Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/19/2005
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, May 19th. Highlights from the last week include CURLEW SANDPIPER, RUFF, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, WHITE-FACED IBIS, PILEATED WOODPECKER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, MISSISSIPPI KITE, ROSEATE TERN, and AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN.

Two CURLEW SANDPIPERS are being seen at Nummy Island, one in basic plumage and the other molting into alternate (breeding) plumage. Our most recent sightings are from May 18th. At low tide the birds disperse into the vast marshes; higher tides bring the birds to Nummy, where they frequent pools on the west side of the road.

A female RUFF (REEVE) has been seen on the beach near the end of Reeds Beach Road May 18th and 19th.

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was reported to have flown over Nummy Island on May 15th but we have no details.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen over Reeds Beach on May 17th.

Two, possibly three WHITE-FACED IBIS are being seen along Reeds Beach Road, either resting in the pool on the north side of the road or feeding in the marshes a bit further west. One is a full adult, and there is at least one immature bird frequenting this area. Our most recent report is from May 15th.

A wandering PILEATED WOODPECKER made a stop along Seagrove Ave. near Cape May Point on May 13th.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at Cooks Beach on May 19th.

Several MISSISSIPPI KITES have been reported from the skies over Cape May this week, with the maximum being 3 seen at the Rea Farm on May 16th

At least one ROSEATE TERN was seen daily from May 13 to 17 offshore from Cape May Point.

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN has continued at Brigantine Refuge through at least May 14th.

The wayward RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge has continued through at least May 17th.

WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS have been reported from Nummy Island, Bivalve, and Brigantine this week.

Spring migration has been at a high level throughout the last week too many migrants to list here, but virtually every expected species of songbird has been recorded during this period around Cape May County.

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!

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