Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/22/1999
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending April 22 include reports of REEVE, SANDHILL CRANE, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, ICELAND GULL, C. BLACK-HEADED GULL, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

A REEVE was discovered along Ocean Drive on April 15 and was seen again on the 16th, but there have been no reports since.

Three SANDHILL CRANES flew over Cape May Point on April 22 and were seen about a half-hour later as they flew over Goshen-Swainton Road. Four SANDHILL CRANES were seen over Salem County near Parvin State Park on April 17.

TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point, with a report this week on April 18. The road to East Point is accessed via a turn onto Glade Road from Route 47. The bird has been spending its time feeding on juniper berries along a stretch of road about 1.1 miles beyond Main Street.

ICELAND GULLS were reported from the Concrete Ship on April 18, and from the foot of the toll bridge along Ocean Drive on the 16th. A 1st year C. BLACK-HEADED GULL was also near the toll bridge on the 16th.

New species are arriving almost daily. Some reports of the season's first include: COMMON TERN off Cape May Point on April 15; CASPIAN TERN at Cape May Point on the 16th; EASTERN KINGBIRD at Del Haven on the 17th; RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD at CMBO's Goshen center on the 17th; BLUE-HEADED VIREO at Higbee Beach on the 17th; INDIGO BUNTING at the Beanery on the 18th; BLUE GROSBEAKS at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 18th; and PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at the Beanery on the 19th.


Nature Notes: Last fall, the Monarch tagging project in Cape May tagged about 7,500 Monarchs. In past years, Monarchs tagged in Cape May have shown up along the Gulf coast, but none had been found at the huge wintering roosts in Mexico. This past winter, six Monarchs tagged in Cape May were found at El Rosario, Mexico, a major wintering area about 80 miles west of Mexico City. Until these finds, there was no proof that the Monarchs that passed through Cape May actually made it to Mexico.

Butterfly sightings this week included: numbers of BROWN ELFINS and HENRY'S ELFINS, SPRING AZURES, and FALCATE ORANGETIPS. The season's first OLIVE HAIRSTREAK, was in Woodbine. BLUE CORPORAL SKIMMERS (the seasons earliest dragonflies) have emerged.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to perpetuate and preserve the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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