Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/29/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Saturday April 29. The roster this week includes sightings of CATTLE EGRET, SWAINSONS WARBLER, COMMON TERN, PARASITIC JAEGER, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH and GULL-BILLED TERN.

We apologize for the lack of hotline coverage in the last week and hope that this not caused anyone any inconvenience.

As you know by now spring migration is nearing its peak in southern New Jersey. More and more migrants are being reported every day. Being seen this week were various Warblers, Vireos, Tanagers, both Grosbeaks, both Orioles and other species.

At Stone Harbor Point and Nummys Island many shorebirds have begun to arrive. On 4/25 thirteen shorebird species were present including PIPING PLOVER and a few RED KNOTS. Most impressive were flocks of WHIMBREL totaling over 200 individuals.

Also at Stone Harbor on 4/25 and at Nummys Island on 4/26 were two GULL-BILLED TERNS.

The WILSONS PLOVER that was found on 4/19 has not been reported since the day it was found at Norburrys Landing.

A EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH was reported from Galloway Township on 4/21. Possibly the same bird was seen from a feeder on Seagrove Ave. West Cape May in the afternoon on 4/21. This bird was also seen briefly at a feeder in North Cape May on 4/22.

The CATTLE EGRET that has been seen at various locations in Cape May was spotted again on 4/23 in a field off of Bayshore Ave.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was reported from the Beanery on 4/20.

A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen this morning 4/29 from Cape May Point along with a handful of COMMON TERNS.

A SWAINSONS WARBLER was heard singing from the Northeast corner of the second field at Higbees Beach on 4/27. The bird was heard until about 9:00 am and has not been relocated.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open 7 days a week 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good luck and Good Birding!

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