This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared
on Thursday, April 2, 2009. Highlights this week include sightings of
KING EIDER, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL,ROYAL TERN, RED-
NECKED GREBE, and AMERICAN BITTERN; seasonal arrivals of NORTHERN
PARULA, LITTLE BLUE HERON, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, YELLOW-THROATED
WARBLER, GLOSSY IBIS, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and BARN SWALLOW; reports
of interest involving EASTERN PHOEBE, NORTHERN GANNET, LAUGHING GULL,
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, GREAT EGRETS, and BLACK SCOTER; and an
announcement about the closure of Cape May Bird Observatory's Center
for Research and Education in Goshen.
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downloadable birding map of Cape May, visit http://www.BirdCapeMay.org
3 KING EIDERS were flybys off Cape Island on Tuesday March 31, 2009.
An immature ICELAND GULL and an arriving ROYAL TERN were seen at the
Concrete Ship on Sunday, March 29, 2009.
Two RED-NECKED GREBES continued off the Cape May Convention Center
April 1, 2009.
An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the Concrete Ship on
Saturday, March 28, 2009. The same or another was on the south jetty
of the Cape May Canal the same day.
An early male NORTHERN PARULA was seen at the Villas WMA on March 31,
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS arrived with sightings at Cove Pool in Cape May
on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, and Belleplain State Forest on Wednesday
April 1, 2009. Belleplain State Forest also had newly arrived YELLOW-
THROATED WARBLERS on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 and LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, the latter being the same date
as last year. EASTERN PHOEBE, already reported elsewhere, returned to
Belleplain on Friday, March 27, 2009.
A LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen from Sunset Beach on Tuesday, March 31
Arriving BARN SWALLOWS include one at Norbury's Landing on Sunday,
March 29, 2009, and two at the South Cape May Meadows on Monday March
NORTHERN GANNETS have been staging in Delaware Bay and around Cape May
Point. Best viewing has generally been from Sunset Beach in Cape May
Point. Estimates of 50 to 100 per minute were seen passing at various
spots along the Delaware Bay on Saturday, March 28, 2009, and Sunday,
March 29, 2009. A Flock of 600 resting on the water was seen from the
Cape May-Lewes Ferry on Saturday March 28, 2009.
Flocks of LAUGHING GULLS totaling 400 birds were seen flying over the
South Cape May Meadows on Monday, March 30, 2009. An AMERICAN BITTERN
was seen there the same day.
30 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen at Heislerville WMA on
Wednesday, April 1, 2009. 57 GREAT EGRETS were at the Dennisville Lake
roost along Route 47 on Wednesday, April 1 2009.
Finally, a male BLACK SCOTER was out of place on Lily Lake in Cape May
Point on Wednesday, April 1, 2009.
******Due to a staffing shortfall, Cape May Bird Observatory's Center
for Research and Education on Route 47 north of Goshen will be closed
to the public effective April 11, 2009. The grounds and gardens will
remain open to the public. CMBO's Northwood Center on East Lake Drive
in Cape May Point is open daily, 9:30am to 4:30pm.******
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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.
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