Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/23/1998
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 23 include reports of returning spring migrants, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

Passerine migration has been relatively slow, but the following birds arrived this week:

An ORCHARD ORIOLE was at CMBO's Northwood Center at Cape May Point on April 18. Also on the 18th were a BLUE GROSBEAK at Higbee Beach, a WORM-EATING WARBLER at Cape May Beach in the Villas, SPOTTED SANDPIPER at Stipson Island Rd., a COMMON MOORHEN at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM), and a WHIP-POOR-WILL at Turkey Point, Cumberland County. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was at a feeder in Goshen on April 19 and again on the 23. YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was at Higbee Beach on April 20th.

Two ROYAL TERNS were in the back bay on April 18.

A STILT SANDPIPER (a scarce spring migrant) was at Nummy Island on April 21, along with 20+ Whimbrel.

One or two SORAS have been heard calling at SCMM, and one was seen along the Yellow Trail in the cape May Point State Park on the 18th.

Local nature Notes follow: There are several species of butterflies that can only be seen only early in the season and then are gone: Juvenal's Duskywing, Falcate Orangetip, and Henry's, Brown, and Pine Elfins are all flying now. Hundreds of Brown Elfins were seen on Old Robbins Trail Rd. off Jakes Landing Rd. on April 21. Also there were 25+ Pine Elfins, a few Henry's Elfins, and numbers of Juvenal's Duskywings. A Juniper Hairstreak was in Goshen on April 16. This is the best time of year to see Mourning Cloaks, which disappear in the hot weather months. Only a few species of dragon and damselflies have been reported: a few GREEN DARNERS have been seen. HARLEQUIN DARNERS and SPRINGTIME DARNERS were seen in Belleplain on the 21st, as was MANTLED BASKETTAIL. April's commonest dragonfly, BLUE CORPORAL SKIMMER. A SILVER-HAIRED BAT was seen flying and hunting on the CMBO's Wednesday morning walk at Beaver WMA. Most frog species are calling now, but the incredible din of Spring Peepers is foremost around Cape May. Mud Turtles, Painted Turtles, Red-bellied Turtles, and Box Turtles are all out and about.

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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