Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/27/2003

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 27, 2003. Highlights from the last week include LONG-BILLED CURLEW, RED PHALAROPE, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, and OSPREY .

The North Wildwood LONG-BILLED CURLEW remains present through at least Feb. 21st. Best viewing for this bird is at lower tides from the west end of 26th, 19th, 17th, and 14th Streets in North Wildwood.

Two of the previously reported four RED PHALAROPES were last seen off Cape May Point on Feb. 23rd.

One 1st year LITTLE GULL and an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL were off Cape May Point on Feb. 22, with a repeat performance by the LITTLE GULL on the 23rd. An adult LITTLE GULL was with 200 Bonaparte's Gulls off Cape May Point on the 26th. A GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen along the Cape May waterfront on Feb. 21st.

Two HARLEQUIN DUCKS (a male and a female) were at the Cold Spring Inlet jetty on Feb. 25th. A GREAT CORMORANT was also present there.

An OSPREY was at Jake's Landing on Feb. 25th. Where it was going and why it was there is anyone's guess.

Amazingly, an adult BALTIMORE ORIOLE continues at a feeder on Foster Avenue in Cold Spring.

An easily observed GREAT HORNED OWL nest is on an old Osprey nest in Avalon, visible from shore at Moran's Marina (14th and Ocean Drive).

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://cmbo.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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