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 3, 2008. Highlights this week include sightings of BLUE-WINGED TEAL, CANVASBACK, WILD TURKEY, NORTHERN GANNET, LITTLE BLUE HERON, TRICOLORED HERON, GLOSSY IBIS, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, CASPIAN TERN, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.
An overwintering NASHVILLE WARBLER was last seen along the yellow trail at Cape May Point State Park on 3/27.
A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at the South Cape May Meadows/CMMBR on 4/1.
A WILD TURKEY, rare on Cape Island, was seen along Sea Grove Avenue in Cape May Point on 3/31.
4 WILD TURKEYS and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were seen at mile marker 0.2 of the Garden State Parkway on 3/30. At least 1 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continued at Villas WMA/Ponderlodge this week.
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH arrived in Belleplain State Forest on 3/28. BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were seen on Cape Island throughout the week, and in Dividing Creek on 4/3.
4 CASPIAN TERNS were seen at Brig/Forsythe NWR on 4/3, and at least 1 SHORT-EARED OWL continued here through 4/3.
2 LITTLE BLUE HERONS and 1 TRICOLORED HERON were observed at Two Mile Landing along Ocean Drive on 4/1.
2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL and a CANVASBACK were noted at Tuckahoe WMA on 3/30.
An impressive 2000+ NORTHERN GANNETS were estimated from Sunset Beach on 3/28.
GLOSSY IBIS reports came from Cape May Point and Brig/Forsythe NWR this week.
See Life Paulagics has rescheduled its pelagic trip out of Cape May to 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 http://www.paulagics.com/.
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!