You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New
Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. THE highlight for
the week ending May 25 was the appearance of YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS.
Other highlights included SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE,
GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, SOOTY SHEARWATER, BLACK-NECKED STILT,
SANDHILL CRANE, other bird news, and news of CMBO.
An ALBATROSS that was first seen flying over the Garden State Parkway
on May 21 reappeared in the vicinity of Reeds Beach on May 23.
Confirmed to be a YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS, the bird was seen several
times in the area for much of the day. It has not been relocated
since that time.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was reported from the Beanery on May 20.
A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was at Reeds Beach on May 19.
Observers looking for the albatross found a 1st year GLAUCOUS GULL
and a 1st year ICELAND GULL near Norburys Landing on May 23 and 24.
A 1st year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was there on May 24, and a 2nd
year bird was there on the 25th.
SOOTY SHEARWATERS were in evidence off Cape May Point during the
week. Up to 10 were seen on the 22nd.
Three BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen flying toward Cape May from Two
Mile Landing on May 25.
A SANDHILL CRANE was soaring over Goshen on May 23.
BLACK TERNS were at Stone Harbor Point on the 20th, off South Cape
May on the 21st, and off Cape May Point on the 23rd.
Two ROSEATE TERNS were on the beach near the Concrete Ship on May
22nd, and one was on the pipe in Bunker Pond on the 25th.
Other highlights this week included YELLOW-THROATED VIREO at the
Beanery on May 19, 100 BANK SWALLOWS over Lily Lake on the 20th, 250
N. GANNETS off Cape May Point on the 21st, four WILSONS
STORM-PETRELS off Cape May Point on the 22nd, three PARASITIC JAEGERS
off Cape May Point on the 22nd, 100 BLACK SCOTERS off the Point on
the 23rd, MOURNING WARBLER on Cape May Point on the 23rd, and
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at Higbee Beach on the 24th.
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
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. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for
Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's
Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both
centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and
birding information. The Goshen Center also has a wildlife art
gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers.
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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual
birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!