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 24, 2008. Highlights this week include sightings of WHITE-FACED IBIS, YELLOW RAIL, "EURASIAN" WHIMBREL, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, COMMON MERGANSER, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, LEAST TERN, CASPIAN TERN, ROYAL TERN, BLACK SKIMMER, PARASITIC JAEGER, CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW, EASTERN KINGBIRD, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and BLUE GROSBEAK.
A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen at Brig/Forsythe NWR on 4/23, toward the end of the driving loop in the first field after leaving the impoundments.
Multiple YELLOW RAILS have been heard this week along Turkey Point Road in Cumberland County. Another YELLOW RAIL was heard at Jake's Landing around midnight on 4/24.
A EURASIAN-COLLARED DOVE was found in Cape May Point, in the vicinity of Lincoln and Lehigh Avenues, on 4/23.
An adult WHITE-FACED IBIS was found at Heislerville WMA in Cumberland County on 4/22 and continued through 4/24.
A "EURASIAN" WHIMBREL was reported near the Wetlands Institute along Stone Harbor Boulevard on 4/21.
2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continued at Villas WMA/Ponderlodge through 4/20.
A large flight of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS occurred over the area from 4/18-4/19, likely including 10,000+ birds.
A lingering COMMON MERGANSER and 2 CASPIAN TERNS were seen at Brig/Forsythe NWR on 4/21.
New arrivals this week included: YELLOW-THROATED VIREO at Higbee Beach WMA and CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW in Green Creek on 4/18; ROYAL TERN, BLACK SKIMMER and PARASITIC JAEGER off Cape May Pt. State Park and WORM-EATING WARBLER in Belleplain SF on 4/19; LEAST TERN off The Meadows/CMMBR on 4/23. EASTERN KINGBIRD and BLUE GROSBEAK were reported from multiple locations this week.
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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!