Thursday, April 10, 2008


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 10, 2008. Highlights this week include sightings of CANVASBACK, COMMON MERGANSER, LITTLE BLUE HERON, CATTLE EGRET, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 'WESTERN' WILLET, LEAST SANDPIPER, RUFF, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and INDIGO BUNTING.

2 RUFFS were observed at Heislerville WMA in Cumberland County through at least 4/8. Also here this week were CANVASBACK, LITTLE BLUE HERON and 'WESTERN' WILLET.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen from Sunset Beach on 4/7.

A CATTLE EGRET was seen along Bayshore Road near the Beanery/Rea Farm on 4/8.

At least 1 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Ponderlodge/Villas WMA this week.

8 COMMON MERGANSERS lingered at Brig/Forsythe NWR through 4/3.

A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was at Lily Lake in Cape May Point on 4/7.

New arrivals this week included LEAST SANDPIPER at Cape May Pt. State Park on 4/5, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER at Heislerville WMA on 4/7, BLUE-HEADED VIREO at Higbee Beach WMA on 4/9, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW in Pomona, Atlantic County on 4/8, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT at the Beanery/Rea Farm and Cape May Pt. State Park on 4/5, and INDIGO BUNTING at Higbee Beach WMA on 4/7.

See Life Paulagics still has space available on its rescheduled pelagic trip out of Cape May on this SUNDAY, APRIL 13. The boat is scheduled to leave at 6:00 AM and return around 6:00 PM. For more information, contact them at 215-234-6805 or go to their web site at

CMBO is offering a special to new and upgraded membership renewals. Join CMBO for the first time or upgrade from Individual or Family to The Hundred and receive Charley Harper's Migration Mainline- Cape May lithograph poster, valued at $50. Call either CMBO center to ask an associate about joining today!

******CMBO Bookstore SPRING HOURS are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point will be open 7 days a week, APRIL 1 - MAY 31, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30- 4:30.******

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 discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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