Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/1/1999
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 April 1 include reports of CAVE SWALLOW, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, SANDHILL CRANE, ICELAND GULL other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

Received late was a report of a CAVE SWALLOW, seen over West Cape May on March 25. There have been no repeat sightings.

TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point, with a report this week on March 30. The road to East Point is accessed via a turn onto Glade Road from Route 47. The bird has been spending its time feeding on juniper berries along a stretch of road about 1.1 miles beyond Main Street.

Another report received late was that of three SANDHILL CRANES flying, and bugling, over an urban area of east Vineland on March 25.

An ICELAND GULL was seen along the Delaware Bay at Cox Hall Creek on March 26. A 1st winter C. BLACK-HEADED GULL was at the Concrete Ship on the 28th and LITTLE GULL was at Cape May Harbor on the 30th.

Spring migrants and local breeders have been returning. This weeks list included: YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at Jakes Landing on March 1, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at Belleplain on April 1, lots of PHOEBES in a number of places, PURPLE FINCH over Cape May Point on March 30, and a few CHIMNEY SWIFTS. Still lingering at the Beanery after spending the winter are NASHVILLE and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.

Other highlights this week included: a LONG-EARED OWL continuing at the South Cape May Meadows during the week; and SHORT-EARED OWL at Turkey Point.

Nature Notes: Good numbers of Spring Azures were seen this week with 40 along Old Robbins Trail (off Jakes Landing Road) on March 31, and 25 in Belleplain State Forest. Also reported this week were Henry's Elfin in Belleplain, and along Old Robbins Trail. Question Marks, Commas, and Mourning Cloaks are all being seen with regularity. Early season butterflies often nectar on Red Maple blossoms, so scanning maple trees can be productive.3

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, 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. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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