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, May 1, 2008. Highlights this week include sightings of WHITE-FACED IBIS, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, YELLOW RAIL, COMMON MERGANSER, COMMON EIDER, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, MARBLED GODWIT, RED KNOT, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, PURPLE SANDPIPER, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, COMMON TERN, ROYAL TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, SUMMER TANAGER, SCARLET TANAGER, ORCHARD ORIOLE, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.
Multiple YELLOW RAILS continued to be heard at Turkey Point in Cumberland County throughout the week. A YELLOW RAIL was heard again at Jake's Landing on 5/1.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was reported over Cape May Point State Park on 4/30.
The WHITE-FACED IBIS at Heislerville WMA in Cumberland County continued as of 4/27.
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, very rare in spring, were noted at Nummy Island and Cape May Point on 4/30.
New arrivals at Higbee Beach WMA on 4/25 included CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, SCARLET TANAGER and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. The season's first ORCHARD ORIOLE was found in Erma on 4/24.
Sightings from Brig/Forsythe NWR this week included CASPIAN TERN, COMMON MERGANSER and NORTHERN BOBWHITE.
SUMMER TANAGER arrived in Dividing Creek, Cumberland County on 5/1. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at nearby Bivalve the same day.
COMMON TERN arrived at Cape May Point and GULL-BILLED TERN arrived at Beaver Swamp WMA on 4/30.
GREAT CORMORANT, PURPLE SANDPIPER, RED KNOT and ROYAL TERN were noted at Two Mile Beach on 4/29. A MARBLED GODWIT has been seen in the area of Two Mile Landing this week.
1 or 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continued to be seen at Villas WMA/Ponderlodge throughout the week.
An immature male COMMON EIDER was found near the 8th Street jetty in Avalon on 5/1.
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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!