Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/6/1995
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending Apr. 6 include sightings of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, arriving CATTLE EGRET, SOLITARY VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, & CLIFF SWALLOW. This is an extemporaneous hotline, so bear with us!

On April 1, there was a good hawk flight over South Cape May Meadows, including 30+ TURKEY VULTURES, 6 RED-TAILS, 3 OSPREY, 2 BLACK VULTURES. On April 2, there were RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Hidden Valley; 4 EASTERN PHOEBES, VIRGINIA RAIL, MARSH WREN, and a pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL.

At Jakes Landing on April 2, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER arrived. On April 1 in the Cape May Point State Park there were 2 CHIMNEY SWIFTS. On April 2 in Cape May Point, there were CLIFF SWALLOW and a few PINE WARBLERS; also that day at Nummy Island were 2 WHIMBREL, one TRICOLORED HERON. On April 1 in Belleplain, there was a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.

On April 3 off Cape May Point we saw the biggest NORTHERN GANNET movement of the spring - hundreds flying by every hour - wonderful sight. On the same day at the South Cape May Meadows, 3 COMMON SNIPE, 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 1 GREAT CORMORANT & 9 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, 1 LITTLE BLUE HERON.

On April 3 at Sunset Bridge up in Belleplain, one SOLITARY VIREO. Also on April 3, BLACK-HEADED GULL, still being seen in the Coast Guard Pond. The same day, one GREAT EGRET at the Beanery.

The Big news: on April 4, on Tom's Bridge Road in Commercial Township, Cumberland Co., one LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE -- presumed to be a migrant.

On April 5, one immature BALD EAGLE, just north of the intersection of Rts. 9 and 109. VIRGINIA RAIL in the South Cape May Meadows, on April 6; and at least 6 Piping Plovers there that day.

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Fine print: 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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, phone our office or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point.

The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L. Larson (llarson@pucc.princeton.edu).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

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