Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/9/2002
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, May 9, 2002. Highlights from the last week include SWAINSONS WARBLER, EURASIAN WHIMBREL, RED CROSSBILL, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, BLACK-NECKED STILT, DICKCISSEL, PARASITIC JAEGER, and BONAPARTES GULL.

A SWAINSONS WARBLER was discovered on May 1st along Jakes Landing Rd, in an area of woods with extensive understory of mountain laurel, just north of the planted pine forest along the east side of the road. DO NOT PLAY TAPE RECORDINGS AROUND THIS BIRD. It is unethical and unnecessary. The bird has established a territory and it regularly patrols this territory, singing vigorously. The territory crosses the road. Be patient and eventually the bird will come close to the road. Swainsons Warblers have been driven away from other territories due to the overuse of recordings. Dont let this happen here!

A WHIMBREL of the Eurasian subspecies has been seen May 2 through at least May 7 at the Brigantine unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, usually in the south section of the west pool or in the marsh south of the south dike. Eighteen WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were counted here on the 7th.

Four RED CROSSBILLS were found on the Peaslee Wildlife Management Area in southern Cumberland County on May 6th. From Rt. 49 take Union Rd. north about 3 miles to Bennettsville Rd., a gravel road going off to the right. Go about mile and search in the pines.

Two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were seen at Stone Harbor Point on May 9th. Shorebird numbers are building rapidly here, at Reeds Beach, at Thompsons Beach, and at other shorebird spots in southern New Jersey.

A BLACK-NECKED STILT was found on May 6th at the Bivalve Impoundments, Cumberland County, from the Strawberry Ave. access point.

Three DICKCISSELS were heard at the South Cape May Meadows on May 8th.

PARASITIC JAEGERS have been seen in the rips off Cape May Point at least three different days during the last week.

A BONAPARTES GULL was seen on May 8th at Miami Ave. and the Bayshore in Villas. Another was seen in the Cape May Harbor on May 9th.

Songbirds continue to arrive in Cape May County, though there have been no major fallouts around Cape May proper. Twenty-six species of warblers were found on May 7th at the McNamara area of the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area in northeastern Cape May County. We have now received reports of almost all of the regularly occurring songbird migrants.

Cape Mays WHITE-WINGED DOVE has not been seen since May 1st.

The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird walks that require no pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and include some reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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