Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/7/1994
You have reached the Cape May birding hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights of the week ending Apr. 7, 1994 include: WILSON'S PHALAROPE, EURASIAN WIGEON, ICELAND GULL, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, RED-NECKED GREBE, spring arrivals, and local nature notes. A mixed bag is still the order of the day at Cape May; besides the wintering and migrating birds, we can now add a few local breeders. First, the highlights. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was discovered along Stevens Street at Willow Creek Farm on Apr. 1. The bird frequented flooded fields there for part of the day but eventually moved on. This pond has also held PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, COMMON SNIPE, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and a few GLOSSY IBIS. THE EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen on Ocean Drive mainly in the northeast corner of the ponds there. It was last reported Apr. 3. An ICELAND GULL made a brief visit on Apr. 4. It flew by the Concrete Ship and then disappeared out into Delaware Bay. Also in the brief visit category was an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER which flew over the South Cape May Meadows Apr. 5. It appeared to land beyond the houses on Sunset Blvd., but could not be relocated. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen in the northern part of the county, near Tar Kiln Pond along Weatherby Road, also on Apr. 5. RED-NECKED GREBES are still present on both Lily Lake and Lighthouse Pond, with 2 birds at each location. Some local breeders have made an appearance in Cape May County. YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER appeared at Timber Beaver Swamp on Mar. 31, and several more were found later in the week at Jakes' Landing road and other parts of Belleplain State Park. BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS have also been found in Belleplain, as well as at some migrant spots like Higbee Beach. Other new arrivals at the Cape were: BLACK SKIMMER, Apr. 1; PALM WARBLER, Apr. 2; CLIFF SWALLOW, Apr. 4; BANK SWALLOW Apr. 5; WHIMBREL Apr. 5; CHIMNEY SWIFT, Apr. 7; BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER, Apr. 7; and a ROYAL TERN also on Apr. 7. Local nature notes (summary): A major emergence of Spring Azure butterflies; 100's seen. First Henry's Alpin(?), Apr. 5; Mourning Cloak, Question Mark, and Comma butterflies in small numbers. [Program notes omitted -LL] 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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