Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Curlew Sandpiper, Olive-sided Flycatcher, etc.

A Curlew Sandpiper was discovered at Nummy Island this afternoon by Michael O'Brien and Louise Zemaitas. A search of the area this evening failed to reveal the bird again.

In other news, there were also a few songbird migrants around Cape May today-
A Blackburnian Warbler was singing across the street from the Beanery early this morning, and another was noted near the Northwood Center, where a Wilson's Warbler was also reported. Mark Garland and I caught a brief look at an Olive-sided Flycatcher as it flew over New England Road, near the Higbee spillover lot. Right now is prime time to find this species in Cape May.

Steve Rodan reports that a Willow Flycatcher was singing along the west path of the South Cape May Meadows this morning, and that a Least Flycatcher was singing toward the back of the second tower field at Higbee later in the AM.

Several dozen Black Skimmers and close looks at Whimbrel were highlights on this evening's CMBO Nummy Island walk.

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