Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/28/2005

This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, April 28th. Highlights from the last week include SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, MARBLED GODWIT, WHIMBREL, PARASITIC JAEGER, and news of the migration.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen in the skies over Cape May Point and West Cape May on the afternoon of April 25th and the morning of April 26th.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen April 26th and 28th at the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.

A MARBLED GODWIT was seen near the Nummy's Island Free Bridge on April 27th, along with more than 70 WHIMBREL. Nearly 200 WHIMBREL were counted on April 28th from the marsh near the east end of Avalon Blvd.

A PARASITIC JAEGER flew directly in front of the Cape May - Lewes Ferry on April 22nd. About 150 NORTHERN GANNETS were also observed.

A few highlights of this week's arriving migrants include ORCHARD ORIOLE on the Cold Spring Bike Path April 26th, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO off Woodcock Lane on the 27th, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER at Hidden Valley on the 24th, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW in a West Cape May backyard April 26th through 28th, CLIFF SWALLOW over the South Cape May Meadows on the 25th, and multiple reports of BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, OVENBIRD, WHITE-EYED VIREO, SCARLET TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, EASTERN KINGBIRD, INDIGO BUNTING, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, HOUSE WREN. BLUE-HEADED VIREOS seem to be around Cape May County in peak numbers right now, and suddenly there are many RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES being seen.

The PAINTED BUNTING in Erma was last seen on April 22nd and appears to have departed. Our thanks to the gracious homeowners in this neighborhood, and also to visiting birders who were courteous and respectful on visits to this site.

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!

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