Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/26/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Friday May 26. The roster this week includes sightings of MISSISSIPPI KITE, SWAINSONS WARBLER, GRAY KINGBIRD, BLACK-NECKED STILT, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and ROSEATE TERN.

There still was good birding in the Cape May area this week. Numbers of warbler and other migrant reports are trickling into the Observatory though there have been no great concentrations of migrants at any one location. The best bet is to try and hit as many birding localities as possible to ensure that you have the best chance of seeing the greatest variety of species.

MISSISSIPPI KITE is still being seen in Cape May this week. The most recent report of this species was from Batts Ln. on 5/25.

A SWAINSONS WARBLER was heard singing in the woods across from the CMBO Northwood Center property on Lighthouse Ave. on the morning of 5/24. This bird has not been reported since its initial discovery.

A GRAY KINGBIRD was reported on the morning of 5/20 but was not relocated until the late afternoon of 5/21. The bird was seen from phone wires along Sunset Ave in Cape May. The bird flew off in a northeasterly direction and has not been reported since.

ROSEATE TERN seems to be still hanging around Cape May this week. There have been various reports through the week, the most recent being one tern seen at Bunker Pond yesterday, 5/25.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen from Higbees Beach on 5/21.

Lastly, two BLACK-NECKED STILTS were reported from Brigantine on the afternoon of 5/20. The birds were seen in the first tenth of a mile on the left side of the dike. There has been no word of these birds since the initial sighting report.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open 7 days a week 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. BOTH Centers will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys 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 CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good luck and Good Birding!

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