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You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of
the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory.
Highlights for the week ending Mar. 28, 1996 include
sightings of HOODED WARBLER, LARK SPARROW, RED-NECKED
GREBE, COMMON EIDER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, COMMON
NIGHTHAWK, AMERICAN BITTERN, spring arrivals,
announcements, nature notes, and news.
A male HOODED WARBLER was seen March 27 at Manahawkin Swamp
on the AT&T Road. This arrival date is _way_ earlier than
any previous record.
A LARK SPARROW was seen March 24 in West Cape May on Third
A number of RED-NECKED GREBES were seen this week; one was
at the Tip Seaman Park in Tuckerton, March 27; one is still
present in Bunker Pond, Cape May Point State Park; one was
seen March 25 next to the Garden State Parkway, Mill Creek
(at the south end of the Parkway); another March 27 at the
Nummy's Island toll bridge. Yet another, in breeding
plumage, was at Mill Creek on March 22. And nine were seen
March 20, across the bay in the Lewes, Delaware, harbor.
Five COMMON EIDER were at Stone Harbor Point on March 25,
and two were in with scoters off Cape May Point on March
24. An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen March 23, 24
& 26 at Higbee's Beach. A third-winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL was seen off Avalon on March 22. Two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS
were seen March 24 in Cumberland Co., at Hansey Creek Rd.
Spring arrivals show up daily. PECTORAL SANDPIPER was in
the South Cape May Meadows on March 28. GLOSSY IBIS and
BARN SWALLOW were seen there March 26. PURPLE MARTINS were
back at the Cape May Point State Park on March 26. Three
PIPING PLOVERS were on the sand bar at Bunker Pond on March
23. A CATTLE EGRET was at the puddle at the Beanery, on
A SORA was in the S. Cape May Meadows on March 22. Two
FORSTER'S TERNS were at the Second Ave. Jetty in Cape May
on March 23. PINE WARBLER was first seen in Cape May Point
on March 21 and since then have become regular in breeding
locations at Jakes Landing, Belleplain State Forest, Beaver
Swamp and elsewhere.
OYSTERCATCHERS are being seen "all over the place": 4 at
Nummy's Island March 23; 2 at Reed's Beach March 24; a
flyby at the Concrete Ship March 26; and 16 at Nummy's
Island March 25. OSPREY are back at their nests; EASTERN
PHOEBES are seen daily; GREAT EGRETS and LAUGHING GULLS
have arrived. RED-THROATED LOONS are staging in the Bay off
Cape May Point. In with them on March 28 were 150 or more
SCOTERS, mostly BLACK SCOTERS and SURF SCOTERS. NORTHERN GANNETS
are migrating now offshore.
An AMERICAN BITTERN is regularly seen in the S. Cape May
Meadows, most recently March 27. The fields on Kimble's
Beach Rd. are a sure bet for E. BLUEBIRDS and AMERICAN
KESTREL. SHORT-EARED OWLS were still seen at Jakes Landing
Road, to March 27. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen from Reed's
Beach on March 27.
Local nature notes: Despite lingering winter, Butterfly
season has finally arrived. Several COMPTON'S
TORTOISE-SHELLS were seen March 26 in Ringwood, NJ, at
NJAS' Weiss Ecology Center. [Hey, that's north Jersey!
-tr.] Two were seen in Atlantic County, on March 25, along
with 9 MOURNING CLOAKS and 7 SPRING AZURES. SPRING AZURES
were out at Jakes Landing on March 25.
A Box Turtle was out of its winter quarters on March 27,
and two Chipmunks were seen March 22. Wood Frogs and Spring
Peepers are calling. Red Maples and Dogwoods are budding.
Local GREAT HORNED OWL chicks are up to a month old now. On
warm nights, AM. WOODCOCKS begin their displays about 6:30
PM at Higbees Beach, the Meadows, and elsewhere.
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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
birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May
birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory,
call our office at 609-884-2736 or a send a request for
info to CMBO, P.O. Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you
are in the area, do not hesitate to visit our headquarters
and growing birding bookstore at 707 E. Lake Dr., Cape May
Point. We're open 9-5 every day but Monday.
The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service
of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from
Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent
areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if
warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L.
Larson (email@example.com).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.