Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/11/1999
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 February 11 include reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, C. BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, other bird news, news of an upcoming pelagic trip, and news of CMBO.

A brief note: Brigantine NWR will be closed on February 12 for Canada Goose hunting.

TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point, with a report this week on February 10. 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.

There were two COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULLS seen near the toll bridge along Ocean Drive on February 6. ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and a GLAUCOUS x HERRING GULL hybrid were also seen there this past week.

EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen at the Coast Guard ponds along Ocean Drive, this week reported on February 6.

A dead THICK-BILLED MURRE was found on a sandbar near Norbury's Landing on February 9.

The previously reported RING-NECKED DUCK x SCAUP hybrid was seen again this week at the bay and 106th Street in Stone Harbor.

Other highlights this week included: EASTERN PHOEBE at the Beanery on February 5; THREE SHORT-EARED OWLS at Jakes's Landing on the 6th; two WESTERN SANDPIPERS at Stone Harbor Point on the 6th; MERLIN along Ocean Drive on the 6th; two BLUE-WINGED TEAL on Lily Lake on the 8th; two TRICOLORED HERONS along Nummy's Island on the 8th; LITTLE BLUE HERON along Ocean Drive on the 8th; ten TREE SWALLOWS in the South Cape May Meadows on the 9th; and LEAST SANDPIPER along Ocean Drive on the 9th.

RED-THROATED LOONS are beginning to stage in Delaware Bay. On February 8, 225 were counted off of Cape May Point.

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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