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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/25/2002
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 25, 2002. Highlights from the last week include WHITE-WINGED DOVE, BLACK RAIL, SEDGE WREN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and a MIGRATION UPDATE.

Cape May's WHITE-WINGED DOVE has been seen most recently on April 24th along Clay St., which loops off Lafayette just north of Madison. It is most often seen feeding on the ground beneath bird feeders at 409 Clay or resting in the trees behind the feeders. Most sightings are from before 10:00 a.m.

The calling BLACK RAIL at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (South Cape May Meadows) was most recently heard on April 22. As is typical with this species, the bird has been heard but not seen. VIRGINIA RAILS are being seen or heard daily here; the high count from a single visit last week was 5.

Two SEDGE WRENS were seen at the Brigantine unit of the Forsythe NWR along the Leeds Eco-Trail April 20-21.

First year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported from the Forsythe Refuge on April 22 and from Reeds Beach on April 21.

The pace of spring migration continues to accelerate. Birds that are back now include RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW, WHIP-POOR-WILL, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, ORCHARD ORIOLE, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, HOODED WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, INDIGO BUNTING, GULL-BILLED TERN, LEAST TERN, and WHIMBREL.

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 our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, 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 include some reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report 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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