Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/19/2004
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, February 19. Highlights from the last week include RAZORBILL, COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, and COMMON REDPOLL.

Sea birds are continuing to gather at the Cold Spring Inlet (the entrance to the Cape May Harbor). 2 RAZORBILLS, 15 COMMON EIDERS, 4 KING EIDERS, 1 HARLEQUIN DUCK, and 1 RED-NECKED GREBE were seen on Feb. 13th south of the south jetty (viewed from Poverty Beach). The inlet and both jetties may also be viewed from the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge on the north; 5 HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen here most recently on Feb. 16th, along with 8 GREAT CORMORANTS, 2 RAZORBILLS were here on the 15th, and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES, 18 COMMON EIDERS, and 2 KING EIDERS were here on the 14th. Another COMMON EIDER was at the Avalon Seawatch site on Feb. 14th.

Three RED-NECKED GREBES continue to be seen off Ocean Drive near Mill Creek Marina; our most recent report is from Feb. 17th.

Two ICELAND GULLS and two GLAUCOUS GULLS are being seen sporadically around the southernmost toll bridge on Ocean Drive (near the clam processing plants); observers may find none of these birds, all 4, or more often some subset on any given visit. Both ICELANDS but only one GLAUCOUS were reported on Feb. 17th, our most recent report.

A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at a feeder along Missouri Ave. in Cape May on Feb. 14th. 40 or more AMERICAN PIPITS were in fields at the Rea Farm on the 14th. Three PINE SISKINS visited a feeder in Cape May Point on the 18th. 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS visited a feeder in West Cape May through at least Feb. 18th.

Waterfowl numbers are building. Two CANVASBACKS were on Lily Lake, Cape May Point, through at least Feb. 18th, a COMMON MERGANSER was here on the 19th, 5 REDHEADS were at Sunset Lake, Wildwood Crest, on Feb. 13th, a COMMON GOLDENEYE was at Mill Creek Marina, Ocean Drive, on the 17th, where 2 CANVASBACKS were seen Feb. 13 15.

A WAXWING of unidentified species was glimpsed on Nummy Island on Feb. 14th. This is the location where a BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen on Feb. 10th.

A Cape May pelagic trip on Sunday, March 7, is full. For waiting list information or to learn of future trips, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

Please note that the "free bridge" connecting Nummy Island to south Stone Harbor is now closed until further notice at least until spring 2004 for construction. Nummy can still be accessed from North Wildwood Blvd. drive past the "road closed local traffic only" sign and over the bridge).

The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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