Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/15/1999
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 15 include reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, a BLACK-TAILED GULL report, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point, with a report this week on April 14. The road to East Point is accessed via a turn onto Glade Road from Route 47. The bird has been spending its time feeding on juniper berries along a stretch of road about 1.1 miles beyond Main Street.

There was a report of BLACK-TAILED GULL on April 12 on the beach at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM). Although searched for, there were no further sightings.

Spring migrants have been returning. Some reports include: SPOTTED SANDPIPER at Lily Lake on April 10; BROAD-WINGED HAWK over Cape May Point on the 10th; six BARN SWALLOWS and a ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW at Cape May Point State Park on the 10th; ROYAL TERN at the State Park on the 11th; two WHIP-POOR-WILLS at Jakes Landing on the 14th; OVENBIRD at Hidden Valley Ranch an the 14th; BALD EAGLE over Cape May Point on the 14th; BLACK SKIMMER and WHIMBREL in the back bays on the 15th; and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER in the SCMM on the 15th.

SHORT-EARED OWL continues to be seen at Jakes Landing, reported this week on the 15th

Breeders that have arrived in good numbers at places like Belleplain State Forest and Jakes Landing Road include: YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, WHITE-EYED VIREO, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, and PINE WARBLER.

Nature Notes: Last fall, the Monarch tagging project in Cape May tagged about 7,500 Monarchs. In past years, Monarchs tagged in Cape May have shown up along the Gulf coast, but none had been found at the huge wintering roosts in Mexico. This past winter, six Monarchs tagged in Cape May were found at El Rosario, Mexico, a major wintering area about 80 miles west of Mexico City. Until these finds, there was no proof that the Monarchs that passed through Cape May actually made it to Mexico.

Local butterfly sightings this week included: numbers of Brown and Henry's Elfins, Spring Azures, Falcate Orangetips, and Juvenal's Duskywings. Seen in smaller numbers were Gray Hairstreak and Pearl Crescent.

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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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