Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/18/1999
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 18 include reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, C. BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL, other bird news, news of an upcoming pelagic trip, and news of CMBO.

An alert for those signed up for the Saturday "Oldsquaws in Love" field trip. As of Thursday evening, Saturday's weather is still uncertain. Saturday registrants should call this hotline on Friday after 5:00 pm to learn whether Saturday's trip will go as scheduled or be postponed to Sunday February 21. Friday's trip will go as scheduled.

TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point, with a report this week on February 17. 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.

COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to be seen near the toll bridge along Ocean Drive. ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and a GLAUCOUS x HERRING GULL hybrid are also continuing to be seen there.

A large alcid, thought to be a THICK-BILLED MURRE was a flyby at the Concrete Ship on Cape May point on February 13.

Other highlights this week included: CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continuing in West Cape May on February 14th; NASHVILLE WARBLERS at the Beanery and along Sea Grove Avenue on the 15th; YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at the Cape May Point State Park on the 15th; three BLUE-WINGED TEAL on Lily Lake on the 15th; PALM WARBLER in Burleigh on the 16th; SHORT-EARED OWL at Jake's Landing on the 17th; and LITTLE BLUE HERON along Ocean Drive on the 17th.

A light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at Jakes Landing on February 13, while a dark morph was there on the 14th.

Nature Notes: The mid-week warm weather produced a spate of butterfly sightings Mourning Cloak, Question Mark, and Orange Sulphur were all seen at the Cape May NWR at Woodcock Lane on the 16th, and six Orange Sulphurs were in Burleigh on the same day.

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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