CAPE MAY BIRDING HOTLINE FOR April 3, 2003
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, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL (COMMON
TEAL), 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 EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
(COMMON TEAL) was found from the Strawberry Ave. boardwalk at Bivalve
on March 29th, and a STILT SANDPIPER was seen here on the 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
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 CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or
e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and
Mark S. Garland
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212