Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/24/2000
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 24 include THAYER'S GULL, ICELAND GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

On February 18 and 19, a 1st winter THAYER'S GULL was still along Ocean Drive near the base of the toll bridge, but the bird has not been reported since. An ICELAND GULL was seen there on the 23rd. The BLACK-HEADED GULL seen at that location appeared at the Ferry Terminal jetty on February 23 with about 350 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, but was back on Ocean Drive on February 24. If you choose to look for any of the gulls at the base of the toll bridge, note that the only parking is on the small clam shell road on the east side of the base of the bridge. Do not park in the Lund's parking lot, or along the street.

The HARLEQUIN DUCK continues at 7th Street and the beach in Avalon.

Other highlights this week included: AMERICAN BITTERN and SHORT-EARED OWL at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on February 19, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Kimble's Beach Road on the 19th, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the SCMM on the 20th, a fourth year BALD EAGLE along Ocean Drive on the 20th, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at North Cape May on the 21st, two RAZORBILLS from the ferry at mid-bay on the 21st, 45+ HORNED GREBES and 450 LESSER SCAUP at Sunset Lake on the 21st, 45 HORNED GREBES along the Cape May water front on the 22nd, three LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS at the Coast Guard ponds on the 23rd, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on Seagrove Avenue on the 24th.

A pelagic trip is scheduled for Sunday March 5 aboard the Miss Chris at Cape May. The boat leaves at 5 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m. The cost is $65.

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. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Goshen Center also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers.

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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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