Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/19/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Friday May 19. The roster this week includes sightings of MISSISSIPPI KITE, DICKCISSEL, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD, LEAST BITTERN, CURLEW SANDPIPER, LARK SPARROW, WHITE- FACED IBIS and BLACK-NECKED STILT (extra limital),.

On Monday 5/15 six WHITE-FACED IBIS were seen from private property near the Garden State Parkway along with over a hundred GLOSSY IBIS. There has been no report this week as to whether the WHITE-FACED IBIS is still being seen from the Beaver Dam area.

There have been two to three MISSISSIPPI KITES in the Cape May area this week. Two birds were seen today, 5/19 over the beanery as well as two yesterday, 5/18 over West Cape May.

A DICKCISSEL was seen on 5/16 in a vacant lot at the corner of 123rd and 3rd streets in Stone Harbor.

Also on 5/16 a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen from Nummy Island. This bird seems to have been a one day wonder as there have been no further reports since the initial sighting.

A MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD was seen flying along the Cape May coast yesterday at various times and locations from the Meadow at 1:00 pm to St. Marys Jetty around 4:00 pm. The bird was last seen yesterday, 5/18 in the evening and has not been reported today.

A LEAST BITTERN was seen flying across Sunset Blvd. into the Meadows today, 5/19.

The two CURLEW SANDPIPERS in the Heislerville Impoundments continue as of about 5:00 pm on 5/18 and at least one seen along with two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS today, 5/19.

A LARK SPARROW was reported from the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May NWR today, 5/19.

-Extra Limital Report-

It was reported that the BLACK-NECKED STILT continues to be seen as of 5/17 at Forsythe/Brigantine NWR

Good luck and Good Birding!

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