Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/28/1999
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 28 include reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, LITTLE GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, other bird news, news of an upcoming pelagic trip, and news of CMBO.

This week's report of the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE along the road to East point was on January 27. The road to East Point 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.

Two adult LITTLE GULLS were seen from Pierce's Point Road along the Delaware bay shore on January 27.

Both GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULL have been present along Ocean Drive near the toll bridge. Both were seen on January 25. Also present there this week was a GLAUCOUS GULL x HERRING GULL hybrid.

Other highlights this week included: HOUSE WREN at the Beanery on January 21; DICKCISSEL on Cape May Point on the 21st; two BLACK SKIMMERS on the beach at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 21st; two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS continuing in West Cape May on the 22nd; a FORSTER'S TERN at 2nd Avenue jetty on the 23rd; YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 23rd; NASHVILLE and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS at the Beanery on the 23rd; 12 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS in the SCMM on the 26th; 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL in Lily Lake on the 26th; EASTERN PHOEBE on Cape May Point on the 26th; and A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on Cape May Point on the 26th and two at the Beanery also on the 26th.

A hybrid RING-NECKED DUCK x SCAUP sp. was found this week at 105th Street and the bay in Stone Harbor. Two REDHEADS were also there.

Observers at Fortescue tallied an amazing 34 NORTHERN HARRIERS in one scan on January 25.

Nature Notes: The warm weather triggered some butterfly sightings this week: a Cabbage White was on Woodcock Lane on the 23rd and an Orange Sulphur was at Kimble's Beach on the 27th. There have been two recent Coyote sightings in Cape May County. One last week in Stone Harbor and another on January 27 near the Cape May County Airport.

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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