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 2, 2002. Highlights from the last week include SWAINSON'S
WARBLER, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, EARED GREBE, "COMMON TEAL", LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, PARASITIC JAEGER, and a MIGRATION UPDATE.
A SWAINSON'S WARBLER was discovered on May 1st along Jakes Landing Rd. The
bird was heard and seen again on May 2nd, in an area of woods with extensive
understory of mountain laurel, just north of the planted pine forest along
the east side of the road.
Cape May's WHITE-WINGED DOVE has been seen most recently on May 1st along
Clay St., which loops off Lafayette just north of Madison. It is most often
seen feeding on the ground beneath bird feeders at 409 Clay, resting in the
trees behind the feeders, or in the ivy-covered trees to the left of the
house. The bird has been occasionally vocalizing. Most sightings are from
before 10:00 a.m.
An EARED GREBE in full breeding plumage was discovered on April 30th from
the south end of Nummy's Island. The bird was seen on the ocean side of the
toll bridge connecting Nummy's with North Wildwood.
A GREEN-WINGED TEAL of the Eurasian race ("COMMON TEAL") was seen on April
30th at the Bivalve impoundments, Cumberland County.
An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the Cape May beach near the
Second Avenue jetty on April 29th.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen near the junction of New England and
Bayshore Roads on April 29th.
A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen in the rips off Cape May Point on April 28th.
The pace of spring migration continues to accelerate. Migrants returning
during the last week included BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER,
KENTUCKY WARBLER, WARBLING VIREO, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BLUE GROSBEAK,
INDIGO BUNTING, WOOD THRUSH, SCARLET TANAGER, ORCHARD ORIOLE, SOLITARY
SANDPIPER, LEAST TERN, and BLACK SKIMMER.
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 our natural history
and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at
609-861-0700, 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 include some
reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on
Thursdays. Please report 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