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
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
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
Mark S. Garland
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212