This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Thursday, April 22, 2010. Highlights this week include sightings of apparent spring arrivals, including RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and an announcement about CMBO membership.
-For up-to-the-minute Cape May sightings information, photos and downloadable birding maps and checklist of Cape May, visit http://www.birdcapemay.org . Follow rarity sightings, many spring arrivals, and spectacles on http://www.twitter.com/CMBObirds -
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this week?s hotline is that it contains no really rare or unseasonable birds! Apparent spring arrivals follow. A WORM-EATING WARBLER was at Belleplain State Forest on Thursday, April 15. On Friday, April 16, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was located in Goshen; PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was found at Beaver Dam WMA; and YELLOW-THROATED and BLUE-HEADED VIREO were seen at Higbee Beach. A WHIMBREL was at Nummy Island Sunday, April 18. A COMMON TERN was at St. Peter?s jetty on Monday, April 19, 2010. A KING RAIL was at Tuckahoe Tuesday, April 20. A BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was in Del Haven on Tuesday, April 20.
If you appreciate this hotline service, and care about the birds of Cape May, please consider becoming a member of Cape May Bird Observatory. Join by May 21, 2010 to receive this year?s special edition of CMBO?S annual journal, the Peregrine Observer, featuring accounts and photos of the 2009 Ivory Gull from some of Cape May?s finest birders and photographers; Pete Dunne?s story about his return as Cape May Hawk Counter; 2009 Cape May Migration Count results; and much more! Current members will receive the Peregrine Observer automatically, but please invite your friends to join!
******CMBO SPRING HOURS are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open daily, 9:30am to 4:30pm. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30am to 4:30pm; closed Sundays and Mondays (but open Sunday March 28 for the Optics Sale). ******
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 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 $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discounts in the stores).
Good Luck and Good Birding!