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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/26/2005
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Friday, May 27th. Highlights from the last week include CURLEW SANDPIPER, RUFF, SOOTY SHEARWATER, WILSONS STORM-PETREL, PARASITIC JAEGER, ROSEATE TERN, BLACK TERN, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, AMERICAN AVOCET, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, DICKCISSEL, and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.

At least one of the two CURLEW SANDPIPERS reported last week from Nummy Island was present through at least May 21st. The female RUFF (REEVE) reported last week from the beach near the end of Reeds Beach Road continued through at least May 21st.

A SOOTY SHEARWATER and two WILSONS STORM-PETRELS were seen off Cape May Point on May 27th, along with a late RED-THROATED LOON. Another WILSONS STORM-PETREL was seen here on the 25th. Another SOOTY SHEARWATER was off the Point on May 21st, when 4 ROSEATE TERNS were also seen. On May 20th a PARASITIC JAEGER, a ROSEATE TERN, and a BLACK TERN were seen off Cape May Point.

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen flying over Cape May Point State Park on May 21st.

Four AMERICAN AVOCETS flew over the parking lot at Higbee on May 21st.

A female RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at Nummy Island on May 25th.

A DICKCISSEL was at Hidden Valley on May 22nd, and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Higbee on the 21st and the 22nd.

An AMERICAN BITTERN and a CANADA WARBLER were highlights at Higbee on May 27th.

A LEAST BITTERN was seen at the South Cape May Meadows on May 26th.

Spring migration is winding down, though many migrant shorebirds are still around Cape May and a considerable push of songbirds was noted on May 26th.

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 CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

 
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