Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/8/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Saturday April 8. The roster this week includes sightings of BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER, DICKCISSEL, SANDHILL CRANE, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PURPLE MARTIN, CATTLE EGRET, COMMON MERGANSER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, GLOSSY IBIS and WHIP-POOR-WILL.

Again, there are numerous signs of spring migration in the Cape May area this week. Nesting species are returning to Belleplain State Forest while wintering species are becoming less common.

The DICKCISSEL was re-found again on 4/1 and 4/2 on Stevens Street in West Cape May. Again, the bird was hanging around at a home feeder in the company of HOUSE SPARROWS.

BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER showed up this week. On 4/2 many were observed in Cape May at the Northwood Center and at Hidden Valley.

A SANDHILL CRANE was spotted flying over the meadows and from the Northwood Center on 4/2. On the same day a possible 3 SANDHILL CRANES were seen over the Cape May Point State Park.

A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was reported in Cape May on 4/5. As well on 4/5, the first report of PURPLE MARTIN in the Cape May area at the State Park and one reported from Goshen Landing.

A CATTLE EGRET was reported from the State Park on 4/5.

On 4/6 a BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at the Ferry Terminal. Also on 4/6, a COMMON MERGANSER was seen on a pond on Champlain Ave. in the Villas.

On 4/1 a RUSTY BLACKBIRD was observed at the Beanery.

On 4/4 a large group of GLOSSY IBIS were seen flying over the Higbees Beach area. Approximately and hour later the same group was seen flying around over the Meadows.

Further up the Bay Shore, numbers of YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS were singing in Belleplain State Forest on 4/1. As well, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was observed from the second bridge on the same day.

Lastly, on 4/2 WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard calling from Jakes Landing Road.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May Point, as promised, has returned to being open 7 days a week 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good luck and Good Birding!

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