Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/7/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Sunday May 7. The roster this week includes sightings of WILSONS PLOVER, WHITE FACED IBIS, WESTERN GREBE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GULL-BILLED TERN, KING RAIL, and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.

There has been a great flight of passerines the last few days. Friday 5/5 was the best with no less than 20 species of warbler being reported. Among the migrants observed were singing male CERULEAN WARBLER and CAPE MAY WARBLER.

There has been no positive report of the WILSONS PLOVER since 5/1. Many have reported looking for the bird to no avail. If the bird happens to be re-found it will be posted to the Jersey Birding Listserv and the New Jersey RBA.

The WHITE-FACED IBIS found on 5/1 at Beaver Dam near Goshen has continued to be seen throughout the week. The last reported sighting of this bird was 5/6.

A WESTERN GREBE was seen from Reeds Beach on 5/6. The bird was seen with a group of scoter not far from the jetty. Later the same day around 4:00 p.m. the grebe was seen from Cooks Beach which is just to the south of Reeds Beach

This morning a first winter BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen flying in a northerly direction along the beach from the St. Peters jetty.

GULL-BILLED TERN has been seen from various locations in the last week. On 5/1 two were seen from Norburys Landing. Also on 5/1 four were seen at their usual haunt at Beaver Dam near Goshen and again on 5/4.

KING RAIL along with CLAPPER RAIL was reported in the Dividing Creek area on 5/3.

Numbers of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS have been seen around Cape May this week. One was seen on 5/3 from Cape May Point. Again, this species was seen flying over the Meadows on 5/4. On 5/5 one was seen from a backyard on Sunset Blvd. and on 5/6 in the wet wood at Higbees Beach.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open 7 days a week 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good luck and Good Birding!

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