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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/7/2011
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Saturday, May 07, 2011. Highlights this week include sightings of ANHINGA, PAINTED BUNTING, CURLEW SANDPIPER, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, STILT SANDPIPER, plus first of Spring arrivals of CERULEAN WARBLER, SUMMER TANAGER, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, KENTUCKY WARBLER, MISSISSIPPI KITE, LEAST BITTERN

An ANHINGA was briefly glimpsed circling Cape May Point on Saturday, April 30th, 2011.

A PAINTED BUNTING was observed singing west of the Northwood Center in Cape May Point on Saturday, May 7th, 2011.

A basic plumage CURLEW SANDPIPER was reported from Heislerville WMA on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was located in a private yard in West Cape May on Friday, April 29th, 2011.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was last observed from Cape May Point State Park on Saturday, April 30th, 2011.

A first-year ICELAND GULL and a first year GLAUCOUS GULL were seen from the east path of the South Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (Meadows) on Monday, May 2nd, 2011.

A STILT SANDPIPER was located at the Meadows on Sunday, May 1st, 2011.

The following are first of spring arrivals for 2011: CERULEAN WARBLER, 4/30; SUMMER TANAGER, 5/1; COMMON NIGHTHAWK, SUMMER TANAGER, 5/3; KENTUCKY WARBLER, 5/5; CANADA WARBLER, MISSISSIPPI KITE, LEAST BITTERN, 5/6

-For up-to-the-minute Cape May sightings information, photos and downloadable birding maps and checklist of Cape May, visit http://www.birdcapemay.org . Follow rarity sightings, many spring arrivals, and spectacles on http://www.twitter.com/CMBObirds -

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

******CMBO SPRING HOURS are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is every daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30am to 4:30pm; closed Sundays and Mondays. ******

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's 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 609-884-2736end_of_the_skype_highlighting. 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 $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discounts in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

 
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