You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Thursday, April 3, 2003. Highlights from the last week include LONG-BILLED
CURLEW, RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, NORTHERN GOSHAWK,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and news of the spring migration.
The LONG-BILLED CURLEW is still present behind North Wildwood. It has now
been over 6 months since this remarkable bird was first seen by Karl Bardon
at the Avalon Seawatch. Best viewing for this bird is at lower tides from
the west end of 26th, 19th, 17th, and 14th Streets. Our most recent report
this week is from March 31st.
Seven RED-NECKED GREBES have also been around for an unusually long time,
still present on April 3rd at the pond on Champlain Ave. in Villas. Others
have been seen March 30th in Jarvis Sound and on April 2nd and 3rd at the
end of Jakes Landing Road, where an AMERICAN BITTERN was also seen on the
3rd and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was present on the 2nd.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen along the red trail in Cape May Point
State Park on April 3rd.
At least 20 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS are being regularly seen around the wet woods
at the Rea Farm.
More spring migrants continue to arrive in Cape May. We have reports this
week of many LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, PINE WARBLERS, and YELLOW-THROATED
WARBLERS from Belleplain State Forest. A WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard in
Eldora on March 28th. BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were seen or heard from many
locations this week. A STILT SANDPIPER was found from the Strawberry Ave.
boardwalk at Bivalve on March 30th. Herons and egrets are migrating
through and to Cape May in good numbers all of the expected species have
now been reported this spring. Shorebird numbers are building, with
DUNLIN, PIPING PLOVER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER,
SANDERLING, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and LESSER YELLOWLEGS being frequently
observed. NORTHERN GANNETS, CORMORANTS, LOONS, SCOTERS and many other
water birds are also on the move in big numbers right now.
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!
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212