Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/7/2005
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!

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