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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/29/1999
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 29 include reports of SWAINSON'S WARBLER, KING RAIL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, COMMON EIDER, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

A SWAINSON'S WARBLER was seen on Cape May Point on April 23, but no reports have been noted since then.

A KING RAIL is being seen and heard in the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM). It was reported on April 26, 27 and 28.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen along Stipson Island Road on April 25.

Two COMMON EIDERS were fly-bys at the Cape May Point State Park on April 23.

Some reports of seasonal firsts include: TENNESSEE WARBLER along Old Robbins Trail off Jakes Landing Road on April 24; AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER on Nummy Island on the 24th; SCARLET TANAGER in Belleplain State Forest on the 24th; ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on Cape May Point on the 24th; SUMMER TANAGER at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 25th; BOBOLINK at SCMM on the 26th; UPLAND SANDPIPER calling over Cape May on the 26th; BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 27th; and RED-EYED VIREO at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 28th.

Among the breeders that have returned to Belleplain State Forest are BLACK-AND-WHITE, PRAIRIE, PINE WARBLERS, PROTHONOTARY, HOODED WARBLERS, BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, OVENBIRD, and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER.

Nature Notes: Last fall, the Monarch tagging project in Cape May tagged about 7,500 Monarchs. In past years, Monarchs tagged in Cape May have shown up along the Gulf coast, but none had been found at the huge wintering roosts in Mexico. This past winter, six Monarchs tagged in Cape May were found at El Rosario, Mexico, a major wintering area about 80 miles west of Mexico City. Until these finds, there was no proof that the Monarchs that passed through Cape May actually made it to Mexico.

Local butterfly sightings this week included: EASTERN BLACK SWALLOWTAIL, AMERICAN COPPER, AMERICAN LADY, among the usual early season butterflies (e.g., JUVENAL'S DUSKYWINGS, HENRY'S ELFINS, BROWN ELFINS, FALCATE ORANGETIPS, and SPRING AZURES). Lots of BLUE CORPORAL SKIMMERS (the seasons earliest dragonflies) have emerged.

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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

 
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