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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/11/2003
CAPE MAY BIRDING HOTLINE FOR April 11, 2003

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 Friday, April 11, 2003.

Highlights from the last week include LONG-BILLED CURLEW, RED-NECKED GREBE, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, PALM WARBLER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, GREAT CORMORANT, and news of the spring migration.

It has been an unseasonably cold and rainy week in Cape May, and we have received very few birding reports.

The LONG-BILLED CURLEW is still present behind North Wildwood. Best viewing for this bird is at lower tides from the west end of 26th, 19th, 17th, and 14th Streets. Our most recent report this week is from April 6th.

A few RED-NECKED GREBES still linger in South Jersey, with reports this week of 2 at the Heislerville Wildlife Management Area on April 6th, 1 at the Blue Hole sand pit along Rt. 553 near Dividing Creek on April 6th, and one in the bay west of 80th St. in Stone Harbor on April 5th.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen near the parking lot at Hidden Valley on April 6th, along with 2 PALM WARBLERS and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. Four GREAT CORMORANTS were spied flying overhead on the same walk.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was seen from the hawkwatch at Cape May Point State Park on April 6th. A PINE WARBLER was seen along Stevens St. in West Cape May on April 4th. Both of these species are relatively scarce on Cape Island, but both are being commonly seen on territory in Belleplain State Forest in the northern portion of Cape May County. Other migrants being seen at Belleplain include LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER.

BALD EAGLES continue to be seen with unusual frequency throughout South Jersey, with 16 eagles counted on a field trip from Jakes Landing to Newport on April 6th.

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 the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, 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 also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your 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
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
(609) 884-2736

 
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