Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/8/1999
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending April 8 include reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, EURASIAN WIGEON, LITTLE GULL, ICELAND GULL, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point, with a report this week on April 2. The road to East Point is accessed via a turn onto Glade Road from Route 47. The bird has been spending its time feeding on juniper berries along a stretch of road about 1.1 miles beyond Main Street.

A EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen in the Coast Guard ponds along Ocean Drive, seen this week on April 3.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Coast Guard jetty on April 4. Also at the Coast Guard jetty on the 4th were a HARLEQUIN DUCK, 8 GREAT CORMORANTS, and a fly-by COMMON EIDER.

A 1st winter LITTLE GULL was off Cape May Point on the April 7.

A DICKCISSEL was singing at Hidden Valley Ranch on April 4.

Early spring migrants and local breeders have been returning in good numbers. An observer biking Belleplain State Forest on April 8 had: 25 Yellow-throated Warblers, 25 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, 5 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS, 5 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, a NORTHERN PARULA, and a HOODED WARBLER. On April 3, the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) held 19 SNOWY EGRETS, 5 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and an AMERICAN BITTERN; two WESTERN SANDPIPERS were on the beach.

Other highlights this week included: SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER at SCMM on April 2, WILLET at Stipson's Island Road on the 7th, Royal Tern off Cape May Point on the 7th, SHORT-EARED OWL at Jakes Landing on the 7th, 3 PALM WARBLERS at Woodcock Lane on the 8th, and a PRAIRIE WARBLER at Higbee Beach on the 8th.

Nature Notes: Good numbers of Spring Azures were seen this week with 35 in Belleplain State Forest on April 8. Also in Belleplain were 15 Henry's Elfin and 20 Juvenal's Duskywings. A Tiger Swallowtail was near Millville on April 3. Question Marks, Commas, and Mourning Cloaks are all being seen with regularity. Coyote sightings in southern New Jersey have been on the rise. One was at Higbee Beach on March 30 and another was on Cape May Point on April 2.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

The 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 hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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