Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/19/1998
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 February 19 include sightings of GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, LITTLE GULL, MARBLED GODWIT, local nature notes, and news of our upcoming programs and field trips.

An announcement to folks who've registered for the "Oldsquaws In Love" field trips, Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21 -- they are a GO! See you there! Chance of showers Friday, so be sure to bring rain gear. We won't melt and waterfowl is quite at home in rain.

The GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW continues at Cape May National golf course, reported this week on February 15.

An immature LITTLE GULL was seen with BONAPARTE'S GULLS at the Concrete Ship on February 18. The upcoming 3 or 4 weeks is prime time to see Little Gulls around Cape May Point.

Up to 6 MARBLED GODWITS have been seen at Hereford Inlet. Good vantage points are the free bridge on Nummy Island along Ocean Dr., best at lower tides, and Stone Harbor Point, best at higher tides. Up to 4 WILLETS are also being seen.

Other highlights this week included PALM WARBLER and HOUSE WREN at Hidden Valley Ranch on February 13, EASTERN PHOEBE at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 14th, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in Cape May C. H. on the 15th. A few LITTLE BLUE HERONS and TRICOLORED HERONS continue in the saltmarshes along Ocean Drive near Two Mile Landing, and around Nummy Island. And a lone TREE SWALLOW continues to be seen at SCMM.

Local Nature Notes follow: It has been one of the warmest winters on record. Daffodils are all budding, crocuses are in full bloom, flowering quince is in bud, and local lawns are full of blooming Pennsylvania bittercress, dandelions, Speedwell, and purple dead nettle. Many songbirds are singing already, including: Red-winged Blackbirds, Song Sparrows, House Sparrows, Mourning Doves, and Cardinals. Young Great Horned Owls should be hatching soon or already have. [gap in transcript] Both the CMBO Center in Goshen and the Northwood Center in Cape May Point are open 10-5, every day except Tuesday & Wednesday.

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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory, call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. If you are in the area do not hesitate to visit our 2 birding bookstores.

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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