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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/18/2002
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 18, 2002. Highlights from the last week include SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, BLACK RAIL, SEDGE WREN, UPLAND SANDPIPER, and a MIGRATION UPDATE.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE has been circling over Cape May this afternoon, April 18th. The bird was first reported by a visitor to Cape May Point State Park at about 1 p.m., and was then observed over the Rea Farm (The Beanery) from 1:20 to 2:20 p.m.

Cape Mays WHITE-WINGED DOVE has been seen most recently on April 18th along Clay St., which loops off Lafayette just north of Madison. It is most often seen feeding on the ground beneath bird feeders at 409 Clay.

A BLACK RAIL was heard calling at The Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (South Cape May Meadows) early in the mornings of April 17 and April 18.

SEDGE WREN reports include 1 bird at Hansey Creek in Cumberland County on April 18 and 2 birds seen at the Corbin City Wildlife Management Area on April 17. The site for the latter birds is accessed from Rt. 50. Enter the Wildlife Management Area on Griscom Mill Rd. Follow this road past the power line on the driving dike. The wrens were seen 50 feet further along, in the marsh on the right side of the road.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen April 8th through at least April 12th on the west side of Rt. 47 about mile north of Goshen Landing Rd., or about 1 mile south of CMBOs Center for Research & Education in Goshen.

Spring migration is gaining speed around Cape May. Warblers reported in the county this week include PROTHONOTARY, BLACK-AND-WHITE, PRAIRIE, PALM, PINE WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, OVENBIRD, WORM-EATING, and (of course) YELLOW-RUMPED. Other birds that are back include WHITE-EYED VIREO, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, EASTERN KINGBIRD, CLIFF SWALLOW, WILLET, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, and SEASIDE SPARROW.

During migration, every few days seems to bring an abundance of certain species to Cape May. Birds that are very common right now (in the correct habitat) include EASTERN TOWHEE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, COMMON SNIPE, GREAT BLUE HERON, and both COMMON LOON and RED-THROATED LOON.

Finally, Avalons GREAT HORNED OWLS continue to be enjoyed by many birders. A nest is conspicuous on an Osprey platform that is easily seen from the end of 5th Ave., just north of its junction with 20th St. To reach this site from the main roads in Avalon, go west on 21st St., turn right on 5th Ave., and view the birds from the platform at the end of the street.

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 our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, 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 include some reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report 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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