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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 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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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.