Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/5/2000
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 5 include RUFF, CAVE SWALLOW, EURASIAN WIGEON, MARBLED GODWITS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, some new arrivals, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A RUFF was found in the pool behind 2nd avenue cove on Friday morning May 5.

A CAVE SWALLOW was at the Cape May Point State Park on April 30 with about 30 CLIFF SWALLOWS, but there have been no further reports.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was reported from the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on May 1, but there have been no follow-up reports.

A MARBLED GODWIT continues on Thoroughfare Island behind Two Mile Landing, seen this week on May 1.

A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, quite rare in spring, was at the Wetlands Institute on May 1.

Some new arrivals this week were: YELLOW-THROATED VIREO at the Beanery on April 29, LEAST TERN at Nummy Island on the 30th, NASHVILLE WARBLER at Belleplain on May 3, BLACKPOLL WARBLER at Villas on the 3rd, and EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Bellplain on the 4th.

Other highlights this week included: AMERICAN BITTERNS and LEAST BITTERNS at Davey's Lake on April 29, SORA at the SCMM on the 29th, three PINE SISKINS at Jakes Landing on the 29th, five ROYAL TERNS at the SCMM beach on May 2, a latish HERMIT THRUSH at Belleplain on the 2nd, 75 BANK SWALLOWS at the State Park on the 2nd, and a late ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Goshen Landing on the 3rd.

Shorebird migration is in full swing. On May 4 the Bivalve impoundment was loaded with shorebirds with 1,200 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 7,500 DUNLIN, 235 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and smaller numbers of GREATER YELLOWLEGS and LEAST SANDPIPERS. Other highlights at Bivalve included STILT SANDPIPER and PIPING PLOVER on April 28, and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER on May 4. On May 4 Thompson's Beach had 1,200 DUNLIN, 700 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 300 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 300 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 300 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 10 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was early there on April 28. There were five white-rumpeds at Brig on May 4. There were 75 WHIMBREL along Avalon Blvd on April 28.

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. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Goshen Center also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers.

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!

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