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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
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
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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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.