Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/10/2002
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 Wednesday, April 10, 2002. Highlights from the last week include WHITE-WINGED DOVE, UPLAND SANDPIPER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and NEWS OF THE PROGRESS OF SPRING.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE has been seen in Cape May again. This bird was found April 6th on the ground beneath bird feeders at 409 Clay St., which loops off Lafayette just north of Madison. The bird was then relocated on April 8th in the garden of La Petite Retreat at Washington St. and Golf Lane, which is also just north of Madison.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen April 8th and 9th on the west side of Rt. 47 about mile north of Goshen Landing Rd., or about 1 mile south of CMBOs Center for Research & Education in Goshen.

Cape May Points overwintering CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen along Lake Dr. on April 7th, traveling with a small group of CHIPPING SPARROWS between Lincoln and Yale. The bird was singing.

Cape May Point State Parks ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found again on April 8th. The Parks YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was most recently reported April 4th.

Other news is primarily about the progress of the season. A pair of PIPING PLOVERS are courting at The Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, where 5 VIRGINIA RAILS were found on April 10th, 30 COMMON SNIPE on April 8th, and a singing PRAIRIE WARBLER since April 4th. An AMERICAN BITTERN is also being regularly seen at this site, which is also known as the South Cape May Meadows (or just The Meadows), and two AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen on the beach here on April 8th and 9th.

Birds that have returned to Cape May in the last week include BANK SWALLOW, CATTLE EGRET, and GREEN HERON. Spring raptor migration is underway, and AMERICAN KESTRELS have been especially abundant around Cape May County throughout the last week. BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS are also suddenly everywhere.

Many birds are now singing, including some that are on nesting territory here and others that will nest to our north. Songs heard last week include HERMIT THRUSH, BROWN CREEPER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, plus most of our year-round resident songbirds.

Avalons GREAT HORNED OWLS continue to be enjoyed by many birders. A nest is conspicuous on an Osprey platform that is easily seen from the end of 5th Ave., just north of its junction with 20th St. To reach this site from the main roads in Avalon, go west on 21st St., turn right on 5th Ave., and view the birds from the platform at the end of the street.

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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