This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 Highlights this week include sightings of BLACK-HEADED GULL, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, CATTLE EGRET, COMMON EIDER plus first of spring arrivals of RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER, OVENBIRD, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT,WHITE-EYED VIREO, PRAIRIE WARBLER, HOUSE WREN, EASTERN WILLET, BLACK SKIMMER.
Three BLACK-HEADED GULLS were noted off of East Point in Cumberland County on Saturday, April 9th, 2011.
A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Stimpson?s Island Road in Dennis Twp. on Friday, April 8th, 2011.
Multiple reports of CATTLE EGRETS have come in over the last week: two were seen one mile south of the CMBO?s Center Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen; a single bird was observed at the intersection of Bayshore and New England Road in West Cape May; and another lone bird was found in the vicinity of the Eastern Shore Nursing Home on Route 9 in Cape May Court House on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011.
A pair of COMMON EIDERS was observed off of Miami Beach on Sunday, April 10th, 2011.
The following are first of spring arrivals for 2011: RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD 4/7; BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER, OVENBIRD, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, SOLITARY SANDPIPER 4/10; COMMON YELLOWTHROAT 4/11; HOUSE WREN, WHITE-EYED VIREO, EASTERN WILLET, PRAIRIE WARBLER 4/12; BLACK SKIMMER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER 4/13.
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******CMBO SPRING HOURS are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30am to 4:30pm; closed Sundays and Mondays. ******
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discounts in the stores).
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