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
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
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
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
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212