Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/30/2007
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society?s Cape May Bird Observatory. This week?s message was prepared on Friday March 30, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of PIPING PLOVER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RED-NECKED GREBE, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER

Spring Arrivals in Cape May;

The first report of LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH for the spring, from of all places, Belleplain State Forest on 3/23.

YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was also seen at Belleplain State Forest on 3/27.

Other arrivals include NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW on 3/29 and BARN SWALLOW a few days earlier on 3/25.

Also, a SPOTTED SANDPIPER seen on the jetty at Two Mile Beach on 3/24 and LESSER YELLOWLEGS was seen at the Coast Guard ponds on 3/23.

Not an arrival but a migrant moving through the area was an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW seen at the back feeder of the Northwood Center on 3/26-3/28.

Other species of interest;

A RED-NECKED GREBE was easily seen at mile marker 0.5 heading south on the GSP on 3/24 and 3/25.

The EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL previously reported on the hotline was last seen at the Coast Guard ponds on 3/23.

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen briefly at 2nd and 3rd Ave. in West Cape May on 3/23. There has been no report of this species since.

Lastly, a PIPING PLOVER was on the Cape May Point State Park beach on 3/24.

CMBO?s bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point, winter hours are Thursday-Monday 9:00-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday- Sunday 9:00- 4:30.

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 609-884-2736. 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 $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you?ll receive your choice of a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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