Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/30/1998
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 30 include reports of HARLEQUIN DUCK, SANDHILL CRANE, POMARINE JAEGER, ROSEATE TERN, returning spring migrants, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

Two female HARLEQUIN DUCKS were present at the 7th Street jetty in Avalon on April 30.

A SANDHILL CRANE was a fly-over heading north just north of the Cape May canal on April 26.

A POMARINE JAEGER was seen from the Concrete Ship on April 26.

An early ROSEATE TERN was present off of 2nd Ave. jetty in Cape May on April 26.

EVENING GROSBEAKS were encountered at two locations this week. One was coming to a feeder with a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on April 29 in Seaville, while two flew over Goshen on April 30.

New arrivals this week included: YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO near Goshen on April 25, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO on the CMBO walk at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 26th, two GULL-BILLED TERNS and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER on the CMBO walk at Timber Beaver Swamp on the 29th, SUMMER TANAGER was at Higbee Beach on the 29th, and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in Goshen on the 30th.

Shorebird migration is well under way. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was at Stipson Island Rd. on April 29. Five RED KNOTS were at Reed's Beach on April 30. Over 120 WHIMBREL were at Brig on the 29th (with over 70 at Shell Bay Landing in Cape May County on the same day). Earlier in the week a flight of WILLET produced 120+ on April 26 over Higbee Beach.

Elsewhere, 30 ROYAL TERNS were off 2nd Ave. jetty in Cape May on April 24, several GREEN HERONS were seen, and a 1st year BALD EAGLE was over North Cape May on the 29th.

Local nature Notes follow: The first reports of Horseshoe Crabs on Delaware Bay beaches was reported for April 24. In addition to the aforementioned Red Knots at Reed's beach, about 500 SANDERLING were present there also. RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are back in force, so if you don't have your hummingbird feeders up, it's time. Remember to change the solution at least once a week, regardless of how much remains, as it can ferment, causing harm to the hummingbirds. The first Black Swallowtail was seen on April 25. Eastern Tailed Blues are out in force. Pear Crescents are also being seen now. Juvenal's Duskywings and elfins (Henry's, Brown, and Pine) are all still flying. Hundreds of Brown Elfins were seen on Old Robbins Trail Rd. off Jakes Landing Rd. on April 29. The first Monarchs were seen on April 21. Snakes are moving now, unfortunately noticeable by the numbers of road kills on the highways.

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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