Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/31/2001
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 31 include: WHITE-FACED IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

An immature WHITE-FACED IBIS, continues at the pond on the right on the road in to Reed's, reported last on May 27. An adult WHITE-FACED IBIS was along High Street in Bivalve, Cumberland County on the same day.

MISSISSIPPI KITES sightings have been daily since May 27. Three were over West Cape May on May 30.

None of the three CURLEW SANDPIPERS that were at Thompson's Beach have been reported since May 27 and appear to have gone.

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was reported from the west pool at Forsythe NWR on May 28.

Here are some other weekly highlights: OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Higbee Beach on the 27th, PHILADELPHIA VIREO at the Beanery on the 27th, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Thompson's Beach on the 27th, RUDDY DUCK at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 27th, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in Seaville on the 28th, and LEAST BITTERN, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at the SCMM on the 29th.

There are still thousands of shorebirds on the Delaware Bayshore. SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS are most numerous, followed by RED KNOTS, SANDERLING, and RUDDY TURNSTONES. Numbers should drop dramatically in the next few days.

The Whale Watch boat had 200+ SOOTY SHEARWATERS, three GREATER SHEARWATERS, and numbers of WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS offshore on May 29.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, 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. 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!

*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558

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