Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/29/2003
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, May 29, 2003. Highlights from the last week include WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, ROSEATE TERN, SOOTY SHEARWATER, WHITE-FACED IBIS, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and news of the migration.

Seawatching has been productive during the last week. Three WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were seen from Cape May Point on May 29th, at least four on the 28th, and single birds on the 22nd and 23rd. One ROSEATE TERN was seen off the Point on May 28th, three on the 24th, and 8 on the 23rd. A SOOTY SHEARWATER was seen on May 24th, and two were seen on the 22nd, these birds also seen from Cape May Point. The best viewing points are from Cape May Point State Park or from any of the dune crossovers in the town.

Noteworthy birds at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge include a WHITE-FACED IBIS, lingering at the southwest corner of the west pool through May 29th, and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE seen on the north side of the west pool on the 29th.

A first summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL has been seen in the Higbee Impoundment May 25th to 29th, and a second summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Reed's Beach on May 28th.

Songbirds are still on the move through Cape May, with a small, late push beginning on May 27th. Birds reported several times during the last week include WILLOW FLYCATCHER, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER.

A very late YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at the Rea Farm on May 25th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in West Cape May on May 26th.

A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Rea Farm on May 27th.

A STILT SANDPIPER was found along Ocean Drive on May 28th, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS have been reported from several areas around Cape May during the last week.

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

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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