Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/25/1999
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 25 include reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, RAZORBILL, C. BLACK-HEADED GULL, other bird news, news of a rescheduled pelagic trip, and news of CMBO.

TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point, with a report this week on February 22. 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.

A RAZORBILL was seen off Cape May Point near St. Mary's convent on February 22.

COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to be seen near the toll bridge along Ocean Drive. Three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (two 1st winters and one 3rd winter) were also there on February 23 and an adult was seen on Cape May Point on the same day.

The EURASIAN WIGEON continue to be seen on the Coast Guard ponds along Ocean Drive. It was reported on February 23.

Other highlights this week included: 4 TRICOLORED HERONS on Nummy's Island on February 21; NASHVILLE and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS continuing at the Beanery on the 21st; GLOSSY IBIS along the Parkway just north of Cape May on the 21st; a TRICOLORED HERON at Jakes Landing on the 23rd; a SNOW BUNTING on the beach at the South Cape May Meadows on the 23rd; Eastern Phoebe at the CMBO's Center for Research and Education on the 24th; and a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE off Poverty Beach on the 24th.

A pelagic trip that was scheduled for February 21, but cancelled, has been rescheduled for March 7. The trip aboard the Miss Chris out of Cape May 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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