Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/22/2003
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 22, 2003. Highlights from the last week include ROSEATE TERN, WHITE IBIS, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, RED PHALAROPE, and RED-NECKED GREBE.

A WHITE IBIS has been seen several times at Goshen Landing; our most recent report is from May 17th.

Four ROSEATE TERNS were seen at Stone Harbor Point on May 20th. One or two were seen offshore from Cape May Point several times between May 16th and 18th.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE lingered at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The Meadows") from May 17th through at least the 19th. A RED PHALAROPE was seen just one day, May 17th, at Cook's Beach.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen in Delaware Bay off Reed's Beach on May 17th.

A WILSON'S STORM-PETREL was seen by a boater in the Delaware Bay on May 19th.

A VIRGINIA RAIL was seen at The Meadows on May 20th.

A female WHITE-WINGED SCOTER continues to linger off Sunset Beach.

Migrant warblers are still being seen off and on around Cape May. Empidonax flycatchers are moving through Cape May, with a WILLOW FLYCATCHER seen at Two Mile Beach on May 20th and an ALDER FLYCATCHER at Higbee on the 22nd. A DICKCISSEL and a MOURNING WARBLER were seen at Hidden Valley on May 18th. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was by the last parking area at Two Mile Beach on May 18th.

A STILT SANDPIPER was found at Nummy's Island on May 18th.

PARASITIC JAEGERS are being seen almost every day from shore around Cape May Point.

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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