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 Saturday, April 23, 2011. Highlights this week include sightings of ?AUDUBON?S? YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, SANDHILL CRANE, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, GLAUCOUS GULL, SHORT-EARED OWL plus first of spring arrivals of PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, YELLOW WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, SCARLET TANAGER, CEDAR WAXWING
An ?AUDUBON?S? YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was in Cape May Point on Sunday, April 17th, 2011, and was last reported at the junction of the red and yellow trails in Cape May Point State Park on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011.
Two reports of SWALLOW-TAILED KITES have come in over the past week: the first was located over the Beanery on Thursday, April 21st, 2011, and the second was observed over Belleplain on Friday, April 22nd, 2011.
A SANDHILL CRANE was seen at the Beanery on Saturday, April 16th, 2011.
Two NORTHERN BOBWHITES were heard at the South Cape May Meadows on Friday, April 22nd, 2011.
A second year GLAUCOUS GULL was observed at the Second Avenue Jetty on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011, and was located there again on Friday, April 22nd, 2011.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was noted hunting the Glades Wildlife Refuge in Cumberland County on Monday, April 18th, 2011.
The following are first of spring arrivals for 2011: PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, EASTERN KINGBIRD 4/17; YELLOW WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER 4/18; HOODED WARBLER 4/19; GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART 4/20; SCARLET TANAGER, CEDAR WAXWING 4/21.
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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 609-884-2736end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discounts in the stores).
Good Luck and Good Birding!