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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/2/2002
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
mark@njaudubon.org

 
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