Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/3/1998
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 December 3 include reports of BLACK-TAILED GULL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, LITTLE GULL, ICELAND GULL, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

An adult BLACK-TAILED GULL was seen for about ten Minutes on the morning of Friday December 3 at 2nd Avenue jetty in Cape May. The bird was feeding close to shore in a flock of gulls that quickly moved off to the east. It was not relocated that day.

A HARLEQUIN DUCK was present all week between the Brainard and Stites Avenue jetties on Cape May Point and was seen on December 3.

A LITTLE GULL was seen feeding with a large flock of gulls off 2nd Avenue jetty on December 2.

A first year ICELAND GULL was on the beach at Wildwood Crest on December 3.

The Beanery continued to hold a good list of lingering birds. Still present at week's end were BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. In addition, BALTIMORE ORIOLE and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER were seen as late as November 29, and NORTHERN PARULA on December 28.

Other passerine highlights this week included: a PINE WARBLER in the Cape May Point State Park on November 28, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW in West Cape May on November 30, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW over Cape May Point on December 1, and BARN SWALLOW and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in the State Park on December 2.

On November 28, three MARBLED GODWITS were still present at Stone Harbor Point. BLACK SKIMMERS continue to linger on the beach in Cape May city (19 on December 2). On December 2 a ROYAL TERN, 200 LAUGHING GULLS, and about 2,000 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were feeding off 2nd Avenue (this was the flock that had the aforementioned LITTLE GULL).

Nature Notes: CMBO's monarch tagging project tagged over 7,500 monarchs in 1998. Several returns have come back. Here is a recap. Five were found near Kiptopeke, VA in mid-October. On October 26, one was found in Charleston, SC (originally tagged on October 15), and one on October 29, one was found in Panama City, FL that had been tagged a month before. The most recent find was one tagged here on October 13 and found in Sullivan's Island, SC on November 9.

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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