Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/28/1998
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending May 28 include reports of AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, SANDHILL CRANE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, ROSEATE TERN, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at Forsythe NWR (Brig) on May 27 on the bay side near Turtle Creek.

A SANDHILL CRANE flew over Cape May Point, calling, on May 27.

There were a few MISSISSIPPI KITES sightings this week, the most recent report was May 26.

A ROSEATE TERN was in the South Cape May Meadows on May 24.

Landbird movements were good this week, and an excellent late season fallout of warblers occurred on May 26. Highlights included a very late YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER on Cape May Point, MOURNING WARBLER on Cape May Point and one near the SCMM, three WILSON'S WARBLERS and three CANADA WARBLERS in the Higbee Beach area, and good numbers of BLACKPOLL, MAGNOLIA and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS, AMERICAN REDSTARTS, and NORTHERN PARULAS. MOURNING WARBLER was also seen on May 24 near Lily Lake. A late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was near SCMM on May 23. Three PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were seen on May 27, two in West Cape May and one on Cape May Point. There have been four sightings of this rare spring migrant this season, matching the total reports for all previous springs combined. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was at Higbee Beach on May 27.

Two very late SNOW GEESE were on Lily Lake on May 23. SCMM has a lingering AMERICAN COOT, and there are still five BLUE-WINGED TEAL there. An OLDSQUAW continues to linger around Cape May Point, and up to 30 PURPLE SANDPIPERS are still present. A STILT SANDPIPER was at the impoundments at Higbee Beach on May 27, while a WILSON'S PHALAROPE continued there until at least May 26.

Shorebird numbers on the Delaware Bayshore have continue to be good. Reed's Beach is an excellent vantage point to view this phenomenon. If you visit Reed's beach, please park in the specially arranged lot at the marina at the end of the road near the jetty. The cost is only a dollar and goes a long way toward good will and the promotion of ecotourism.

Local nature Notes follow: Mountain Laurel is in full bloom, and Belleplain State Forest is an excellent place to see this beautiful sight. Japanese Honeysuckle is in full bloom, and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds find it irresistible. Remember to continue to clean your hummingbird feeders once a week and refill with fresh solution. A River Otter was in the Cape May Point State Park on May 24. River Otters were seen with some frequency at the State Park and at SCMM only a few years ago, but sighting have been much more scarce since. A Hoary Edge, a not often seen butterfly, was seen on CMBO's Wednesday butterfly walk this week. Three Frosted Elfins were along the Railroad tracks in Dennisville on May 24. Zabulon Skippers are flying now and Cobweb Skippers are still flying, seen this week in Dennisville on May 27.

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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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