Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/13/2000
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending April 13 include EURASIAN WIGEON, a number of new arrivals, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

The EURASIAN WIGEON that has been at the impoundments at Bivalve was last reported on April 8.

There were a number of new arrivals this past week. The list included: two WHITE-EYED VIREO at Higbee Beach on April 8, PRAIRIE WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT at the Beanery on the 8th, WILLET at Turkey Point on the 8th, BLUE-HEADED VIREO at Belleplain State Forest on the 8th, GREEN HERON at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 10th, a very early BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER on Seagrove Avenue on the 10th, a ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW over Lily Lake on the 11th, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD in Goshen on the 12th.

Other highlights this week included: NORTHERN PARULA at Cold Spring Campground on the 8th, SORA in the SCMM on the 10th, AMERICAN BITTERN, 50 BARN SWALLOWS, and 200 TREE SWALLOWS at the SCMM on the 10th, three CLIFF SWALLOWS and a BANK SWALLOW over Bunker Pond on the 12th, and a rather late FOX SPARROW at Lily Lake on the 12th.

Nature Notes: Butterfly activity is definitely on the increase. SPRING AZURES and JUVENAL'S DUSKYWINGS were all over Belleplain State Forest on the 8th, PINE ELFINS and HENRY'S ELFINS are plentiful. TIGER SWALLOWTAILS have emerged, and AMERICAN LADIES are out. The prize was a very early MONARCH at Cape May on the 6th. FOWLER'S TOADS have been chorusing in earnest. The pond at our Research & Education Center is full of long strands of Fowler's Toad egg cases.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

The 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 hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Goshen Center also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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