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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/24/2003
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 24, 2003.

Highlights from the last week include LONG-BILLED CURLEW, "EURASIAN" WHIMBREL, GREAT CORMORANT, VESPER SPARROW, WILD TURKEY, RED-NECKED GREBE, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and news of the spring migration.

The LONG-BILLED CURLEW is still present behind North Wildwood. Best viewing for this bird is usually from the west end of 26th or 19th Avenues. Our most recent report this week is from April 19th. Dozens of WHIMBRELS, including one of the Eurasian subspecies ("EURASIAN WHIMBREL)"and many other shorebirds are present in this area now, the EURASIAN WHIMBREL first found on April 22nd and seen again on April 24th.

Two GREAT CORMORANTS were at the Concrete Ship on April 20th.

A VESPER SPARROW was found at Beaver Swamp on April 22nd.

Two WILD TURKEYS were seen near the end of the woods along Jakes Landing Road on April 23rd.

Three RED-NECKED GREBES have continued at Heislerville through at least April 20th.

Four LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were at Turkey Point on April 20th.

Many migrant birds have returned during the last week. An ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was reported from Belleplain State Forest on April 21st. WORM-EATING WARBLERS were at Belleplain on the 21st, at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on the 21st, and in West Cape May on the 23rd. A YELLOW WARBLER was found along Goshen Road, in Middle Township, on April 20th. A male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK has been visiting feeders at the CMBO Northwood Center daily from April 17th through the 24th, and a HOODED WARBLER was seen here on the 18th. CHIMNEY SWIFTS have been reported from several locations, and NORTHERN GANNETS have been moving up the coast in large numbers in recent days.

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 the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, 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 also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO's 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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