Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/24/2005
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, February 24th. Highlights from the last week include PAINTED BUNTING, BLACK-HEADED GULL, DICKCISSEL, "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW, SNOW BUNTING, RED-NECKED GREBE, TREE SWALLOW, and news of the season.

The adult male PAINTED BUNTING in Erma has continued through at least Feb. 20th. It visits feeders at 693 and 688 Weeks Landing Rd., just west of Rt. 626. The feeders at both houses may be seen from the street; please do not enter private property, bird only from the street. The road is very narrow here; please park by the Vietnam Veterans of America building or near Cape May Electric, both close to Rt. 626, and walk the very short distance down the road to the houses. Patience is often necessary, as the bird can be absent for hours at a time.

An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL has been seen several times at the Ferry Terminal in North Cape May at off Sunset Beach by the Concrete Ship. Our most recent report is from on Feb. 21st, when the bird was following one of the ferries.

After not being reported for several weeks, a DICKCISSEL was once again seen by feeders at 507 Fourth Ave. in West Cape May on Feb. 24th. Bird only from the street; the feeder area is clearly visible from here.

Two "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROWS and four SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Stone Harbor Point on Feb. 21st. Three RED-NECKED GREBES and 50 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were reported from this area on the 20th. Hundreds of BLACK SCOTERS and SURF SCOTERS and a few WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS continue to be seen offshore from all around Cape May.

An early TREE SWALLOW was at the Beanery on Feb. 17th, and a FORSTER'S TERN was at Poverty Beach on the 20th. Three HOODED MERGANSERS were in Lily Lake on Feb. 22nd, and three COMMON GOLDENEYE were in the Cape May Harbor on the 20th. At least seven TUNDRA SWANS were at the Tuckahoe WMA on Feb. 19th, and SHORT-EARED OWLS have been easy to view at the nearby Corbin City WMA.

It's snowing today, but spring's impending arrival is being clearly signaled by the birds. BALD EAGLES are actively courting and fixing up their huge stick nests. AMERICAN WOODCOCKS are engaging in their courtship flights. EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were in full song at Jakes Landing on Feb. 21st, and many backyard birds are also singing with greater frequency and vigor than in recent weeks.

ANNOUNCEMENT: See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip on Sunday, March 6 out of Cape May for winter seabirds. The cost is $100. Call 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

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!

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