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the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory.
Highlights for the week ending Apr. 27 include sightings of
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, RED-NECKED GREBE, EURASIAN
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, GULL-BILLED TERN, PARASITIC JAEGER,
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, spring migrants, returning breeders,
local nature notes, and announcements.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen April 22 at Petersburg in
the Tuckahoe area. On that same day at Cape May Point, a
nice spring hawk flight was enjoyed, including 6 MERLIN,
one SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, one OSPREY, and a COOPER'S HAWK,
all ina brief period. The next day, APril 23, triggered
another hawk flight over the Point, with both TURKEY VULTURES and
BLACK VULTURES, 20 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 20 COOPER'S HAWKS,
20 RED-TAILED HAWKS and a sprinkling of SHARP-SHINS,
MERLIN, OSPREY, & HARRIER -- but no Swallow-tailed Kite.
Two RED-NECKED GREBES were in the waters near the Bunker
(State park) on April 22. A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was
seen at the Nature Conservancy's Cape May Meadows on April
23. A GULL-BILLED TERN was in Hereford Inlet, on the
Champagne Island sand spit, on April 25. An Adult PARASITIC
JAEGER was seen April 27 off the South Cape May Meadows, as
it harrassed FORSTER'S TERNS.
a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen April 26 in the Stone
Harbor Bird Sanctuary; it was seen from Second Avenue, an
A walk through Higbee's Beach should be fun now. Migrants
this week included NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH, BROWN CREEPER, SOLITARY VIREO, HOODED WARBLER,
and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. BLUE GROSBEAKS and INDIGO
BUNTINGS are back on territory. Hidden Valley has also been
excellent, with sightings of PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, AMERICAN
REDSTART, NORTHERN PARULA, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER,
EASTERN KINGBIRD, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD. The State Park
and the streets of Cape May have offered looks at ORCHARD
ORIOLE, INDIGO BUNTING, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO,
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and assorted other warblers.
WHIMBREL are migrating through. An excellent place to find
them feeding is in the salt marshes of Shell Bay Landing.
To get there, take the Parkway to the traffic light at Exit
9. Go east out Shell Bay Landing Rd. to the end. Scan the
salt marshes - up to 60 Whimbrels have been reported this
E. BLUEBIRDS are trying to nest at the Cape May County Park
on Rt. 9 again, but are battling with English Sparrows for
nest sites. Many of the breeding warblers are in at
Belleplain State Forest; YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER,
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, PINE WARBLER,
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH, and OVENBIRD were all seen this week. The pine
stands along Jake's Landing Road also have YELLOW-THROATED
WARBLERS, and held a SCARLET TANAGER on April 26.
Local nature notes follow.
Horseshoe Crabs have begun mating and laying eggs as of the
full moon in mid-April; so there should be plenty of food
for the shorebirds when they return.
An immigration of AMERICAN LADY and PAINTED LADY
butterflies, and PAINTED SKIMMER dragonflies, was witnessed
this week, involving hundreds of individuals. PAINTED
SKIMMERS are not thought to be migratory, but Cape May
naturalists have suspected otherwise.
The first HUMMINGBIRD MOTH of the spring was seen April 26.
Sixteen species of butterflies were seen on CMBO's
butterfly walk April 26 at Jake's Landing, including
FALCATE ORANGE-TIP, HENRY'S ELFIN, BROWN ELFIN, and
The first male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were seen April
19; the first female was seen April 24. Males will soon be
doing their dramatic courtship flight. Put up your feeders
now, and plant nectar-bearing plants.
Dogwood is in bloom, and a PAINTED LADY butterfly was seen
nectaring on Dogwood blossoms.
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The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service
of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from
Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent
areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if
warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L.
Larson (email@example.com).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.