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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/17/2003
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 17, 2003.

Highlights from the last week include LONG-BILLED CURLEW, LITTLE GULL, GREAT CORMORANT, UPLAND SANDPIPER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, and news of the spring migration.

The LONG-BILLED CURLEW is still present behind North Wildwood. Best viewing for this bird is from the west end of 26th, 19th, 17th, and 14th Avenues. Our most recent report this week is from 26th Ave. on April 15th. Dozens of WHIMBRELS and many other shorebirds are present in this area now.

A LITTLE GULL was at the Concrete Ship, Sunset Beach, on April 10th. A GREAT CORMORANT was loafing on the Concrete Ship on the 17th.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen in a wet field along Rt. 47 in Goshen on April 12th.

The Hidden Valley GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen on April 13th and again on the 15th.

Many migrant birds have returned during the last week. A HOODED WARBLER was found at the Meadows on April 12th and one was at Higbee on the 16th; two BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS were reported from Higbee on the 12th, a SUMMER TANAGER was at Stone Harbor on the 13th, a CHIMNEY SWIFT was over West Cape May on the 15th, a GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER was at Belleplain on the 16th, an OVENBIRD was at Moore's Beach on the 16th, and a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was at the CMBO Northwood Center on the 17th.

We have multiple reports of RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, EASTERN KINGBIRD, BANK SWALLOW, PURPLE MARTIN, WHITE-EYED VIREO, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, INDIGO BUNTING, BLUE GROSBEAK, and SEASIDE SPARROW. PALM WARBLERS have been seen all over the place they're at their migratory peak in Cape May right now.

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 CMBO's 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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