Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/7/1998
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This is a special Birdathon hotline. On May 9 at midnight, 47 teams from all over North America will begin New Jersey Aududons 15th annual World Series of Birding. This 24 hour birdathon will raise money for New Jersey Audubons conservation work in New Jersey as well as for numerous other conservation groups participating in this event. Highlights for the week ending May 7 include reports ROSEATE TERN, BLACK-NECKED STILT, MARBLED GODWIT, PARASITIC JAEGER, some other sightings and news of CMBO.

Two ROSEATE TERNs were at the Concrete Ship on May 1 but have not been seen since.

A BLACK-NECKED STILT was behind Two Mile Inn on Ocean Drive on May 3rd but has not been seen there since. Three more were flyovers at Cape May Point on the 7th.

A MARBLED GODWIT has been seen all week near Thorofare Island along Ocean Drive.

One or two PARASITIC JAEGERS have been seen around Cape May Point this past week.

An immature GREAT CORMORANT has been at Hereford Inlet seen this week on May 5th. Also at Hereford was a sub-adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and lots of ROYAL TERNS and SKIMMERS.

A RUDDY DUCK was still on Lily Lake on May 7. Other lingering waterfowl included 4 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, an AMERICAN WIGEON, 6 GADWALL and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER through May 4 at the Coast Guard ponds along Ocean Drive. One or two OLDSQUAW and scattered SURF and BLACK SCOTERS have been around Cape May Point jetties this week. A female HOODED MERGANSER was seen on May 6 at Clints Mill pond at Timber Beaver Swamp. Two SNOW GEESE are at a sod farm on Route 628 about 3/4 quarter mile southwest of Route 550. 5 BLUE WINGED TEAL were still in the S. Cape May Meadows on May 6th along with 3 PIED-BILLED GREBES. South Cape May Meadows also had calling SORA, VIRGINIA RAIL and COMMON MOORHEN. PIPING PLOVERS and LEAST TERNS are nesting on the beaches. Both ROYAL TERNS and NORTHERN GANNETS have been seen regularly off the beaches around Cape May Point and 2nd Ave. jetty. A BROWN PELICAN was off the Delaware Bay beaches at Fishing Creek on May 1st.

A few EVENING GROSBEAKS have been moving through. One was over Cape May Point on May 7th. Other migrant passerines were finally noted on May 7th including N. WATERTHRUSH, BLACKPOLL WARBLER and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER.


Some Horseshoe Crabs are up on the beaches and RED KNOTS, RUDDY TURNSTONES and SANDERLINGS have been showing up. Reeds Beach is a good viewing area but it is also a year-round community. Please park in the marina lot at the end of Reeds Beach Road. Parking is $1 per car which supports ecotourism. Please view from the platforms and do not walk on the beaches.

Belleplain State Forest has all of the following nesting birds: SUMMER TANAGER, PROTHONOTARY, HOODED WARBLERS, WORM-EATING, BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS, N. PARULA, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and ACADIAN FLYCATCHER. Good viewing spots are Pine Swamp Road , which is heavily pot-holed, the bridge at Sunset Road, New Bridge Road and Cedar Bridge Road.

Jakes Landing Road has YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS in the tall pine stands and SHARP-TAILED SEASIDE SPARROWS at the road end.

GREAT EGRETS and IBIS are nesting in Avalon Community Park. Park between 71st and 74th Streets.

HORNED LARK and EASTERN MEADOWLARK both nest at Cape May County Airport.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS no longer nest at the Cape May County Zoo and are extremely difficult to find elsewhere in the county.

A few words of advice for participants: Lyme Disease is a problem in New Jersey so check yourself for ticks. Most importantly, dont overextend yourselves, dont speed and dont give birding a bad name.

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 birding 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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