This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Thursday, April 7th. Highlights from the last week include SNOWY OWL,
PAINTED BUNTING, ICELAND GULL, STILT SANDPIPER, HORNED GREBE, HOODED
WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, and other news of the season.
A SNOWY OWL found at Stone Harbor Point on March 30th has continued
through April 7th. It is most often found near the rectangular pool
where dredge spoil had been piled last year or around the area roped
off for nesting birds, by the small, sparsely vegetated dunelets.
The adult male PAINTED BUNTING in Erma has continued through at least
April 5th. It visits feeders at 693 and 688 Weeks Landing Rd., just
west of Rt. 626. The feeders at both houses may be seen from the
street; please do not enter private property, bird only from the
street. The road is very narrow here; please park by the Vietnam
Veterans of America building or near Cape May Electric, both close to
Rt. 626, and walk the very short distance down the road to the houses.
Patience is often necessary, as the bird can be absent for hours at a
time. An INDIGO BUNTING is also visiting the feeders here.
An ICELAND GULL was outside the seafood processing plants along Ocean
Dr. on April 4th. A STILT SANDPIPER joined a group of GREATER
YELLOWLEGS in a flooded field along Stevens St. on April 2nd and 3rd.
Two PIPING PLOVERS were at the South Cape May Meadows on April 4th, and
eleven were at Stone Harbor Point on the 6th. Ten HORNED GREBES were at
Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest on April 6th.
Early April is always a time when many migratory birds return to Cape
May. Some noteworthy reports from this week: HOODED WARBLER in a
Villas back yard on April 4th; BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at Cape May
Point State Park on the 6th; WHIP-POOR-WILL at Jakes Landing on the
6th; Two NORTHERN PARULA at Two Mile Beach on the 5th; BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER at Two Mile Beach and Higbee on April 5th, in West Cape May
and at Higbee on the 6th, and in Belleplain State Forest and at the
CMBO Northwood Center on the 7th; PRAIRIE WARBLER at Higbee on the 4th;
MARSH WREN at Jakes Landing on the 4th; a WILSONS SNIPE at the Beanery
on April 4th and 6 at the South Cape May Meadows on the 5th; and PALM
WARBLER at Two Mile Beach on the 5th. Birds that are back and being
seen at virtually all appropriate locations include PINE WARBLER,
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, GLOSSY IBIS, EASTERN
PHOEBE, PURPLE MARTIN, and TREE SWALLOW. Birds conspicuously on the
move around Cape May this week include NORTHERN GANNET, RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.
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 at http://www.njaudubon.org
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 AT njaudubon.org.
Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!