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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/1/2003
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, May 1, 2003.

Highlights from the last week include LONG-BILLED CURLEW, WHITE IBIS, ANHINGA; MARBLED GODWIT, SHORT-EARED OWL, GREAT CORMORANT, HORNED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, PURPLE FINCH, PARASITIC JAEGER, and news of the spring migration.

The LONG-BILLED CURLEW behind North Wildwood is proving elusive. Best viewing for this bird, which has been present for more than 6 months, is usually from the west end of 26th or 19th Avenues. Our only report since April 19th was from the Skimmer boat trip, which tallied this bird on its April 27th trip, and we know of many birders who have failed to find the bird from land-based sites during the last week. If you go to look for this bird, please contact CMBO with a report -- whether you see the bird or not.

A WHITE IBIS was reported from a farm field in Goshen along Rt. 646 on April 27th, but we have no other details.

A soaring ANHINGA was reported from Turkey Point, Cumberland County, on April 27th.

Five MARBLED GODWITS were seen near the south end of Nummy's Island on May 1st.

Four SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen over the marsh at Jakes Landing on April 26th.

GREAT CORMORANTS are still being seen at the Concrete Ship and along the back bays behind the Wildwoods, where 4 were seen on an April 26th boat trip. Two HORNED GREBES and three RED-NECKED GREBES were also seen behind the Wildwoods on this trip. A RED-NECKED GREBE was also seen from Two Mile Landing on April 27th, and one was off Higbee Beach on the 25th.

A PURPLE FINCH was seen at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on April 29th.

A dark morph PARASITIC JAEGER was seen from Sunset Beach on April 26th.

Many migrant birds have returned during the last week, and most of the songbirds that nest in Cape May County have returned. Some noteworthy returns (most from multiple locations) of the last week include WOOD THRUSH beginning April 27th; COMMON TERN beginning April 26th; BLUE-WINGED WARBLER in Belleplain State Forest as of April 28th; CHUCK-WILL'S WIDOW beginning April 25th; EASTERN KINGBIRD as early as April 25th; SCARLET TANAGER beginning April 29th; YELLOW-THROATED VIREO beginning April 29th; SPOTTED SANDPIPER beginning April 27th; BROWN PELICAN as of April 26th; LEAST TERN on May 1st; and BOBOLINK on May 1st.

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 CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
mark@njaudubon.org

 
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