Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/26/2000
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 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. 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!

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