This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Friday, April 30, 2010. Highlights this week include sightings of YELLOW-RAIL, WILSON?S PHALAROPE, WHITE-FACED IBIS, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, SANDHILL CRANE plus apparent arrivals of WOOD THRUSH, INDIGO BUNTING, EASTERN KINGBIRD, HOODED WARBLER, RED KNOT, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, ORCHARD ORIOLE, SCARLET TANAGER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, RED-EYED VIREO, NASHVILLE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, SUMMER TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BLUE GROSBEAK, BOBOLINK, AMERICAN REDSTART. A number of other arrivals occurred with a flight today, Friday April 30, and are not compiled here, but will be for next week?s hotline.
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A YELLOW RAIL was reported from Turkey Point on Friday, April 23, 2010, and has not been reported since.
A female WILSON?S PHALAROPE was found at a flooded field just east of the town of Villas, on Tuesday April 27, 2010, and has not been reported since.
A WHITE-FACED IBIS was located in the back impoundment of Heislerville WMA on Sunday, April 25, 2010, as was an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER. The plover has not been found since, but the ibis has not only been refound but multiplied to up to 3 birds, though seeing any is hit or miss depending on tide and where the bird (s) are feeding.
A SANDHILL CRANE was seen flying over the Beanery on Friday, April 30 2010.
Apparent Spring 2010 arrivals through Thursday April 29 2010 follow: A WOOD THRUSH was heard on 4/22 at Belleplain S.F, and a breeding plumage RED KNOT was found at Nummy Island on the same date.; INDIGO BUNTING, HOODED WARBLER, and WHIMBREL were noted at Higbee Beach on 4/23, while an EASTERN KINGBIRD was found at Villas WMA on the same date; a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Cape May Point S.P. on 4/24; an ORCHARD ORIOLE was found along New England road on 4/25, and a SCARLET TANAGER was seen in Ocean City on the same date; SPOTTED SANDPIPER, RED-EYED VIREO, NASHVILLE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, BLACK THROATED-GREEN WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, SUMMER TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BLUE GROSBEAK and BOBOLINK were all found in the vicinity of Higbee Beach on 4/26, while a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was found at Villas WMA on the same date; AMERICAN REDSTARTS returned to Peaslee?s WMA on 4/28.
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