Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/13/1995
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending Apr. 13 include sightings of LAPLAND LONGSPUR, EURASIAN WIGEON, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, SANDHILL CRANE, returning breeders and spring migrants, and announcements.

A male LAPLAND LONGSPUR, first located on April 7, was seen again today, April 13, at the Cape May County Airport.

A pair of EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on April 10 at the Fishing Creek marsh near the Villas along Bayshore Rd. This location also held up to 24 BLUE-WINGED TEAL and an AM. BITTERN.

A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was present in the South Cape May Meadows on April 9, along with a first-winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. A SANDHILL CRANE was reported from along Rt. 47 near Fishing Pond Farm, on April 9.

An assortment of shorebirds was reported this past week. Two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were along Ocean Drive on April 7, while 2 were in the South Cape May Meadows on April 9. A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was also in the Meadows on April 9, and a WHIMBREL was seen circling the Meadows on April 10. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was at the Cape May County Airport on April 11, and a WILLET was in the Meadows on April 13. On April 12, the Corbin City impoundments (in Atlantic County just north of Cape May Co) held 50 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 15 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 20 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and one STILT SANDPIPER.

PALM WARBLERS and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS are both moving through the area in good numbers, while YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER is on territory at several locations including Belleplain State Forest and Jakes Landing. Other passerine notes include SOLITARY VIREO at both Higbee Beach and the Beanery this week, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER at Lily Lake and at Higbee.

BLACK SKIMMER was a new arrival this week, with one seen April 12 from the Avalon Seawatch; and amazingly, the first-winter BLACK-HEADED GULL is STILL being seen in the Coast Guard Pond along Ocean Drive.

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Fine print: 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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, phone our office or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point.

The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L. Larson (llarson@pucc.princeton.edu).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

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