Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/14/1994
You have reached the Cape May birding hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights of the week ending April 14, 1994 include: RED-NECKED GREBE, EARED GREBE, WHIMBREL, RUFF, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, spring arrivals, local nature notes, and other announcements.

The highlight of the week was the REEVE (female Ruff) present for at least 2 days, April 11-12, at a rain pool along Rt. 47 in Goshen. The pool was checked on April 14 with no success, though with the overnight rain much other habitat exists in the area. Another rare bird, an EARED GREBE in breeding plumage, was found on Bennett's Creek near its mouth by a kayaking birder on April 12. Also on Bennett's Creek that day were 14 RED-NECKED GREBES, 9 HORNED GREBES, and 4 PIED-BILLED GREBES. As of April 12, RED-NECKED GREBES were still present on Lily Lake this week, as was an OLDSQUAW.

A WHIMBREL was seen at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor April 12. Both LESSER YELLOWLEGS and GREATER YELLOWLEGS can be found at many locations particularly grassy pools. Also look for PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, reported at a few locations recently, and UPLAND SANDPIPERS, which haven't been reported yet this spring. An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL put in an appearance at a pool on the Willow Creek Farm April 8. This site is on Stevens St. in West Cape May and has hosted some migrant shorebirds recently including last week's WILSON'S PHALAROPE.

A male DICKCISSEL put in an appearance on Sea Grove Ave. (Cape May Point) at a feeder April 13. The Concrete Ship has been a hot spot of late with good flights of N. GANNET, SCOTERS and other species in early morning and late afternoon. Most mornings, there are over 100 GANNETS and variable numbers of SCOTERS, mostly SURFS. Other species have included DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, GLOSSY IBIS, CLAPPER RAIL, CHIMNEY SWIFT, and lots of RED-THROATED LOONS. The loons can also be seen from any of the dune crossovers at Cape May Point, or from the State Park or the Second Avenue jetty.

Many species of migrants that arrived on the cape last week were seen more widely and in larger numbers this week, including CHIMNEY SWIFT, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, HERMIT THRUSH, PALM and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS, and all six swallow species. Other species put in first appearances for the year, with a big push this morning, April 14. Arriving on April 8 was WHITE-EYED VIREO. April 9, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and CHIPPING SPARROW. April 12, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER. April 13, WILLET. Today's list is long: EASTERN KINGBIRD, GRAY CATBIRD, RED-EYED VIREO, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, HOODED WARBLER, and INDIGO BUNTING.

Local nature notes (summary): Cool weather slowed the butterflies somewhat, however Spring Azures emerged in numbers...From April 14, Cabbage Whites were seen in numbers.

[Program notes omitted -LL] 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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