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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/14/2005
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, April 7th. Highlights from the last week include SNOWY OWL, PAINTED BUNTING, ICELAND GULL, STILT SANDPIPER, HORNED GREBE, HOODED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, and other news of the season.

This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, April 14th. Highlights from the last week include SNOWY OWL, PAINTED BUNTING, PARASITIC JAEGER, GLAUCOUS GULL, and news of the season.

A SNOWY OWL found at Stone Harbor Point on March 30th continued through April 11th but it has not been seen since then.

The adult male PAINTED BUNTING in Erma has continued through at least April 11th. It visits feeders at 693 and 688 Weeks Landing Rd., just west of Rt. 626. The feeders at both houses may be seen from the street; please do not enter private property, bird only from the street. The road is very narrow here; please park by the Vietnam Veterans of America building or near Cape May Electric, both close to Rt. 626, and walk the very short distance down the road to the houses. Patience is often necessary, as the bird can be absent for hours at a time.

A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen offshore from Cape May Point on April 13th; observers were watching from the dune crossover near St. Marys.

Two STILT SANDPIPERS were along Delaware Bay near Miami Ave. in Villas on April 13th. Three STILT SANDPIPERS were at Bivalve on the 12th. A number of other shorebirds have started to return, including both YELLOWLEGS, both DOWITCHER, and WILLET. A GREAT CORMORANT continues to frequent the Concrete Ship off Sunset Beach, most recently seen there on April 13th. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen along Ocean Drive on April 10th. Many hundreds of NORTHERN GANNETS have been seen in locations from Cape May Point to East Point in Delaware Bay this week.

The parade of returning migrants continues. CHIMNEY SWIFTS, PALM, PINE, YELLOW-THROATED, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS were reported from a wide variety of locations; NORTHERN PARULA and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH a bit less common but still several reports; BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS now seem to be everywhere. SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROW and SEASIDE SPARROW were both reported from Jakes Landing on April 11th. Three SEASIDE SPARROWS and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT were at Stipsons Island on the 10th.

A WILD TURKEY surprised observers when it showed up in a yard along Lafayette St. in Cape May City on April 9th. Only slightly less surprising was one at CMBO Goshen on the 9th.

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 at http://www.njaudubon.org

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 GOOD BIRDING!

 
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