This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared
on Thursday, April 9, 2009. Highlights this week include sightings of
BROWN PELICAN, ?IPSWICH? SAVANNAH SPARROW, SHORT-EARED-OWL, RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER, and reports of returning YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON,
CATTLE EGRET,SPOTTED SANDPIPER,SOLITARY SANDPIPER,LEAST SANDPIPER,
WHIP-POOR-WILL,CHIMNEY SWIFT,RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, PURPLE MARTIN,
CLIFF SWALLOW, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, and HOODED WARBLER, and an
announcement about the closure of Cape May Bird Observatory?s Center
for Research and Education in Goshen.
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An apparent first of season juvenile BROWN PELICAN was seen off Stone
Harbor Point on Saturday, April 4, 2009. Also there the same day was
an ?IPSWICH? SAVANNAH SPARROW.
2 SHORT-EARED OWLS continue at Jake?s Landing through Wednesday, April
2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Villas WMA through Sunday, April
5, 2009, along with 3 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, GOLDEN CROWNED
KINGLETS and BROWN CREEPER.
Following are some apparent first-of-season reports from southern New
Jersey this week:
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON - April 5, 2009 at Avalon.
CATTLE EGRET - April 6, 2009 at the Beanery/Rea Farm.
SPOTTED SANDPIPER - reported April 8, 2009 at Beaver Swamp WMA.
SOLITARY SANDPIPER - April 5, 2009 at the Beanery/Rea Farm.
LEAST SANDPIPER - April 4, 2009 at the South Cape May Meadows.
WHIP-POOR-WILL - April 8, 2009 at Jake?s Landing Road.
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD - April 4, 2009 at Leesburg, Cumberland
PURPLE MARTIN - March 31, 2009 at Villas WMA, with scouts now
throughout Cape May County, including several at nest colony inGoshen
on Monday, April 6, 2009.
CLIFF SWALLOW - April 4, 2009 at the South Cape May Meadows.
BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER - April 6, 2009 in Cape May Court House.
HOODED WARBLER - April 8, 2009 at Belleplain State Forest at the
******Due to a staffing shortfall, Cape May Bird Observatory?s Center
for Research and Education on Route 47 north of Goshen will be closed
to the public effective April 11, 2009. The grounds and gardens will
remain open to the public. CMBO?s Northwood Center on East Lake Drive
in Cape May Point is open daily, 9:30am to 4:30pm.******
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The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape
May, Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please
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