Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/20/1999
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 20 include reports of MISSISSIPPI KITE, SOOTY SHEARWATER, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, ROSEATE TERN, SEDGE WREN, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

MISSISSIPPI KITES were reported this week on May 14 over Hidden Valley Ranch; on May 15 over CMBO's Center for Research & Education; and on May 17 over Cape May Point.

Persistent east winds brought an amazing total of 30 SOOTY SHEARWATERS into Delaware Bay , off Cape May Point on May 14 . Also an adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen on the 14th, along with two ROSEATE TERNS, and a BLACK TERN.

Two SEDGE WRENS were reported this week, one at Jakes Landing and one at Moore's Beach. Both were reported on the 15th.

Other highlights this week included: five AMERICAN PIPITS at the Beanery on May 14, a late date; RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on Cape May Point on the 15th; MOURNING WARBLER at Lily Lake on the 15th; two GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES and a late HERMIT THRUSH at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 15th; GREATER SCAUP off Poverty Beach on the 15th; a late WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on Cape May Point on the 19th; WILSON'S PHALAROPE on Lily Lake on the 20th; and a WILSON'S WARBLER on the Point at CMBO on the 20th.

Nature Notes: Coyote reports continue around Cape May and Cape May Point. On May 19, a Mink was reported in Cape May city near the Perry Street Inn. Butterfly sighting this week included the season's first Common Buckeye in Cumberland County, Sachem both in Rio Grande and on Cape May Point, and Zabulon Skipper near Norbury's Landing.

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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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

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