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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/15/2007
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society?s Cape May Bird Observatory. This week?s message was prepared on Sunday April 15, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of WHITE-WINGED DOVE, SUMMER TANAGER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, EASTERN KINGBIRD, FOX SPARROW, CATTLE EGRET, SHORT-EARED OWL, AMERICAN PIPIT and AMERICAN BITTERN.

Spring arrivals continue daily. Get out, look for some birds and let us know what you find.

The WHITE-WINGED DOVE was last reported from the intersection area of Knox Ave. and Pearl Ave. in Cape May Point on 4/9.

Yesterday, 4/14, the first SUMMER TANAGER of the spring was found on the back side of the red trail at the Cape May Point State Park.

Also yesterday, a spring arrival was a NORTHERN PARULA at the Cape May Point State Park.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL have been reported with some frequency as of late. Two birds were seen at the pond on Reed?s Beach Rd. on 4/14. Two birds were also present on Lake Lily today, 4/15, while five were present at the Cape May Point State Park on 4/11.

A minimum of two EASTERN KINGBIRDS were seen in Cape May on 4/13.

A couple of late FOX SPARROWS are still in the vicinity. Both birds were seen on 4/11, one at the Cape May Point State Park and the other at the Beanery.

A CATTLE EGRET was feeding on the side of Seashore Rd. in Cape May on 4/12.

Lastly, Jakes Landing proved productive on 4/14. An AMERICAN BITTERN, SHORT-EARED OWL and AMERICAN PIPIT were seen from the end of the road in the early evening.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The New Jersey Audubon Society is offering a special springtime half- price membership rate, which entitles members to one year of reduced program fees, discounts at the center nature store and other benefits. Become a New Jersey Audubon member this spring for $19 (Individual) or $22 (Family) and receive a Ticket to Discovery, an instant benefit that provides one free nature program to the bearer and a guest (up to a $20 value). Stop in to your local NJAS center to ask for further details or to join.

The Northwood Center will be opening up seven days a week again as of May 1st. Until that date the CMBO Bookstore hours are as follows; Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point, winter hours are Thursday-Monday 9:00-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday- Sunday 9:00- 4:30.

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 $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you?ll receive your choice of a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

 
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