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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/15/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Saturday April 15. The roster this week includes sightings of BLACK-HEADED GULL, SANDHILL CRANE, EASTERN KINGBIRD, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, HORNED LARK, CATTLE EGRET, WHITE PELICAN, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, WILD TURKEY, PURPLE MARTIN, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and PRAIRIE WARBLER.

There has been a small increase in reports of various warblers showing up in the last week. PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, which was reported for the first time this spring on 4/13. PRAIRIE WARBLER was spotted on 4/14 at Higbees Beach and the LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH is still being seen at its usual bridge location in the Belleplain State Forest. Others include; BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER and COMMON YELLOW- THROAT.

The BLACK-HEADED GULL that had been hanging around the Ferry Terminal has not been reported since 4/9.

The SANDHILL CRANE was seen from Bayshore Road also on 4/9. NORTHERN BOBWHITE was on Bayshore Rd. near Hidden Valley on 4/14.

An EASTERN KINGBIRD was spotted in the back field at Higbees Beach on 4/9 and again on 4/11. A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was spotted at a feeder on Seagrove Ave. on 4/13. At the Cape May Point State Park; a CATTLE EGRET was reported from the yellow trail on 4/13 and WHITE PELICANS were reported flying over the park on 4/12.

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was seen at the Beanery on 4/11. As well at the Beanery, with a few at Hidden Valley, were numbers of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, also on 4/11.

An early YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was reported from the Goshen area on 4/8. SOLITARY SANDPIPER was in Belleplain State Forest on 4/9. On 4/12 many WILD TURKEYS were seen displaying at various locations around Cumberland County.

In Newport (Cumberland County) PURPLE MARTINS had returned to nest on 4/12.

At the Cape May County Airport HORNED LARK was reported on 4/9.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open 7 days a week 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys 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 $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good luck and Good Birding!

 
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