Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/9/2001
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 9 include: SABINE'S GULL, WHITE-FACED IBIS, WHITE IBIS, BLACK-NECKED STILT, CAVE SWALLOW other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A SABINE'S GULL was found feeding with LAUGHING GULLS below the west side of the free bridge at Nummy Island on May 9. There have been no further reports of the bird.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS, found on May 9, has been seen irregularly at the pond on the right on the way in to Reed's Beach Road. The birds have been feeding in the back right corner. The bird is often not present and comes in only periodically.

A WHITE IBIS, found on May 9, has been present along Ocean Drive on the Wildwood Crest side of the toll bridge. Again, this bird is not being seen regularly and disappears for long intervals.

There have been several BLACK-NECKED STILT reports. Nine were present very briefly in the South Cape May Meadows on May 4; another was in an in accessible location in the marshes north of Reed's Beach on May 8 (seen during an aerial shorebird survey; another flew by the Cape May Point SP (CMPt SP) on May 10.

A CAVE SWALLOW was seen on May 8 at the CMPt SP on May 8 near Bunker Pond. There have been no further reports.

A MARBLED GODWIT has been seen in the vicinity of Two Mile Landing.

Both Higbee Beach and the Beanery had some migrants on May 10 with WORM-EATING WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, etc. This morning there were more migrants like SCARLET TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, WARBLING VIREO, etc.

Here are some other highlights: up to nine GULL-BILLED TERNS were at Timber Beaver Swamp on May 6; PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS have been encountered regularly at both the Beanery and at Hidden Valley Ranch; a DICKCISSEL was singing briefly at Bayshore & New England Roads on May 10.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, 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. 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!

*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558

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