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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/15/2004
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, April 15th. Highlights from the last week include HARLEQUIN DUCK, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and news the season.

The female HARLEQUIN DUCK has continued through at least April 9th at the St. Marys jetty in Cape May Point. A first year ICELAND GULL and a first year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen near the fish processing plants along Ocean Drive on April 11th.

The flock of SCOTERS at the mouth of Delaware Bay continues, with huge numbers still present, though fewer than at the seasons peak. BLACK SCOTERS are most common near shore, SURF SCOTERS further offshore. These birds may be observed from anywhere along the shore of Cape May Point, from Sunset Beach, and from the Cape May Lewes Ferry. Lots of RED-THROATED LOONS can be seen in the same locations along with passing BONAPARTES GULLS, NORTHERN GANNETS, and FORSTERS TERNS.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at the Concrete Ship, from Sunset Beach, on April 12th.

2 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were found at the Rea Farm on April 14th. A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK visited a feeder in Cape May Point on the same day. Also on the 14th a LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, a CHIMNEY SWIFT, and a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at Cape May Point State Park. Another YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was at The Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (The Meadows) on April 10th.

Other returning birds noted this week from several locations include BLUE-HEADED VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, PINE WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, BARN SWALLOW, TREE SWALLOW, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, BANK SWALLOW, PURPLE MARTIN, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SNOWY EGRET, and GLOSSY IBIS. Birds still present around Cape May include PURPLE FINCH, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WILSONS SNIPE, WINTER WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, FOX SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. Good numbers of migrating raptors were noted on April 10th and 12th.

Please note that the free bridge connecting Nummy Island to south Stone Harbor is now closed until further notice for construction estimated date for reopening is late May. Nummy can still be accessed from North Wildwood Blvd. drive past the road closed local traffic only sign and over the bridge.

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!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
mark@njaudubon.org

 
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