Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/6/1999
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 6 include reports of SANDWICH TERN, POMARINE JAEGER, PARASITIC JAEGER, ROSEATE TERN, MARBLED GODWIT, ICELAND GULL, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

A SANDWICH TERN was a fly-over in Villas along the Delaware Bay shore on May 5.

Several PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen off of Cape May Point this week, and on May 4 both POMARINE JAEGER and ROSEATE TERN were off St. Mary's convent on the Point.

A MARBLED GODWIT was on Thorofare Island behind Two Mile Landing on May 5.

An ICELAND GULL was reported from Moore's Beach on May 5.

An excellent passerine fallout occurred on May 5. The following highlights were recorded from spots around Cape Island: GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER (a rare migrant at the cape in spring), two CERULEAN WARBLERS, five HOODED WARBLERS, three KENTUCKY WARBLERS, two WORM-EATING WARBLERS, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, LEAST FLYCATCHER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, GOOD NUMBERS OF HERMIT THRUSHES, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS, several VEERIES, and, in total, about 22 species of warblers.

Some shorebirds and Horseshoe Crabs are on the beaches at Reed's Beach. On May 4 there were about 450 SANDERLING, 350 RUDDY TURNSTONES, and 15 Red Knots.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was reported from Higbee Beach and a MERLIN was at West Cape May on May 5.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was feeding in a field near West Cape May on May 2.

Nature Notes: Coyote reports continue. One was seen at Higbee Beach on May 2 and another was near West Cape May on the same day. Last fall, the Monarch tagging project in Cape May tagged about 7,500 Monarchs. In past years, Monarchs tagged in Cape May have shown up along the Gulf coast, but none had been found at the huge wintering roosts in Mexico. This past winter, six Monarchs tagged in Cape May were found at El Rosario, Mexico, a major wintering area about 80 miles west of Mexico City. Until these finds, there was no proof that the Monarchs that passed through Cape May actually made it to Mexico.

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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