Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/27/2000
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending April 27 include WHITE IBIS, RED CROSSBILL, MARBLED GODWIT, some new arrivals, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A flock of 15 adult WHITE IBIS was seen flying over Cape May city on April 20. No further sightings have been reported.

Ten RED CROSSBILLS were at a Mullica Township feeder on April 21.

MARBLED GODWITS were seen along Ocean Drive near the fish docks on April 21 and on the beach at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on April 25.

Some new arrivals this past week included: RED-EYED VIREO at Higbee Beach on April 20, BROWN PELICAN at Cape May Point on the 22nd, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Hidden Valley Extension on the 22nd, ORCHARD ORIOLE at Hidden Valley Ranch (HVR) on the 23rd, SPOTTED SANDPIPER at Lily Lake on the 26th, AMERICAN REDSTART at HVR on the 26th, EASTERN KINGBIRD at Turkey Point on the 27th, and two SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and four RED KNOTS at Reed's on the 27th.

Other highlights this week included: two AMERICAN BITTERN in the SCMM on April 20, and 90 PALM WARBLERS, a male HOODED WARBLER, and a BLUE-HEADED VIREO at Higbee Beach on April 20. Shorebird numbers are on the rise. There are about 20,000 DUNLIN at Bivalve, with over 100 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and numbers of LESSER YELLOWLEGS. BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER numbers are increasing, as are LEAST SANDPIPER numbers.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to perpetuate and preserve the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Goshen Center also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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