Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/20/2004
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 20th. Highlights from the last week include PURPLE GALLINULE, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, MISSISSIPPI KITE, ARCTIC TERN, ROSEATE TERN, WHITE-FACED IBIS, DICKCISSEL.

The PURPLE GALLINULE has continued at the Wetlands Institute, along Stone Harbor Blvd., though the most recent report we have received of this bird is from May 17th. A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER showed up in Cape May for the World Series of Birding on May 15th. This bird was first seen from the Hawkwatch platform in Cape May Point State Park and was later seen at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The Meadows"), but it has not been seen since the 15th. MISSISSIPPI KITES have been seen in varying numbers around Cape May all week, with two seen on May 20th over Hidden Valley, one over the Rea Farm on the 18th, 4 at The Meadows on the 17th, and 5 over the Rea Farm and the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on May 15tj. An ARCTIC TERN was seen on May 18th on the beaches and jetties of Cape May Point near the St. Peters "Gingerbread" Church. One, sometimes two ROSEATE TERNS were seen in the same area through at least May 15th. A ROSEATE TERN was at Stone Harbor Point on May 18th. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was at the end of Stimpson Island Rd. through at least May 15th. A DICKCISSEL was along Bayshore Road by the south edge of the field where new houses are being built through at least May 15th. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was found at the Coast Guard Ponds May 15th and 16th. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was at Bivalve on the 15th. An ALDER FLYCATCHER was found singing at Hidden Valley May 19th and 20th. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was heard calling while flying over Cape May on May 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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