This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared
on Thursday, May 22, 2008. Highlights this week include sightings of
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, CURLEW SANDPIPER, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER,
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, HORNED GREBE, BROWN PELICAN, MISSISSIPPI KITE,
BLACK-NECKED STILT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, RED-
NECKED PHALAROPE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, BLACK TERN,
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, LEAST FLYCATCHER, TENNESSEE
WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, and
-- For more up to the minute Cape May sightings information check the
"View from the Cape" section of http://www.BirdCapeMay.org --
CURLEW SANDPIPERS continue to be seen at Heislerville WMA in
Cumberland County, with a remarkable FOUR there today (2 males and 2
females). An estimated 25,000 other shorebirds were there as well.
A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen flying in from Delaware Bay at
Higbee Beach WMA on 5/18, but has not been seen since.
1 SWALLOW-TAILED KITE and 2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen briefly over
Higbee Beach WMA on the morning of 5/22.
A BLACK-NECKED STILT was seen flying over several locations in Cape
May Point on 5/17. No reports since.
A first-summer GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen along the north dike
at Brig/Forsythe NWR, the latest report on 5/21.
A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen from a boat in the Intracoastal
Waterway between Cape May and Wildwood Crest on 5/16.
A very rare-in-spring LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER continued at Brig/Forsythe
NWR this week. An equally rare-in-spring WESTERN SANDPIPER was
observed at the Wetlands Institute along Stone Harbor Boulevard on 5/18.
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were recorded this week at Higbee Beach WMA on
5/18, and at the north end of Nummy Island on 5/21.
A lingering WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and a lingering HORNED GREBE were
observed in the channel at the north of Nummy Island on 5/21. A BLACK
TERN was observed at the South Cape May Meadows on 5/22. A BROWN
PELICAN flew past Cape May Point on 5/16.
Migrants this week at Higbee Beach WMA included 2 LEAST FLYCATCHERS
and 2 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS on 5/21, WILSON'S WARBLERS on 5/21 and 5/22,
KENTUCKY WARBLER on 5/22, BAY-BREASTED and TENNESSEE WARBLERS on 5/16,
and CAPE MAY WARBLER on 5/16 and 5/17. A CAPE MAY WARBLER was observed
at Cape May Point State Park on 5/17.
2 first-summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS continue in Cape May Point,
most often seen at the South Cape May Meadows/CMMBR.
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******CMBO Bookstore SPRING HOURS are as follows: Northwood Center on
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- MAY 31, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Center for Research and
Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30-
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape
May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly.
Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at
609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of
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Good Luck and Good Birding!