Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/21/1999
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending January 21 include reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, LITTLE GULL, C. BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, other bird news, news of an upcoming pelagic trip, and news of CMBO.

The most recent report of the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was January 16. It is on the road to East Point, which is accessed via a turn onto Glade Road from Route 47. The bird has been spending its time feeding on juniper berries along a stretch of road about 1.1 miles beyond Main Street.

A KING EIDER has been seen all week east of Poverty Beach in Cape May, toward the Coast Guard jetty. If you walk the beach for a better look, please respect the no trespassing sign posted by the Coast Guard.

A COMMON EIDER was seen on January 19 in the surf off Jackson Street in Cape May.

An adult LITTLE GULL was near the 2nd Avenue jetty in Cape May on the 19th and 20th.

A 1st winter COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL has been seen several times along Ocean Drive east of the base of the Parkway. It was reported this week on January 19.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was at along Ocean Drive near the toll bridge on January 20.

Other highlights this week included: two AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS in the South Cape May Meadows on January 15; WESTERN SANDPIPER along Ocean Drive on the 15th; YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 16th; two GREAT CORMORANTS off Poverty Beach on the 17th; four BLUE-WINGED TEAL on Lily Lake on the 17th; Laughing Gull at 2nd avenue jetty on the 19th, and another west of the toll bridge on Ocean Drive the same day; and HOUSE WREN at the Beanery on the 21st.

A pelagic trip has been scheduled for February 21 aboard the Miss Chris out of Cape May. The trip leaves at 5 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m. The cost is $55.00 Call Capt. Fred Ascoli at 884-3939 to register. For more information E-mail Paul Guris at pguris@moneynet.com.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to perpetuate and preserve the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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