Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/4/1999
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 4 include reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, LITTLE GULL, C. BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, other bird news, news of an upcoming pelagic trip, and news of CMBO.

A brief note: Brigantine NWR will be closed on February 5 and 12 for Canada Goose hunting.

TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point, with a report this week on February 1. 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.

LITTLE GULLS were seen at Sunset Beach off Cape May Point on January 31 and off Poverty Beach on the 29th. A KING EIDER also continues to be seen off Poverty Beach.

A COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to be seen near the toll bridge along Ocean Drive. It was reported most recently on January 31.

Both GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULL have been present along Ocean Drive near the toll bridge. Both were seen on January 31.

A dead PURPLE GALLINULE was found on the beach at the Cape May Point State Park on January 29.

DICKCISSELS were seen this week at the feeder at the Cape May Bird Observatory on the Point and at another Cape May Point feeder (probably the same bird); another DICKCISSEL was at a feeder in Goshen on February 4.

A NASHVILLE WARBLER has been seen consistently at the Beanery, and this week one was also seen at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM). YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS were seen at both the Cape May Point State Park and at Hidden Valley Ranch this week; and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were reported from Hidden Valley Ranch and the SCMM.

Other highlights this week included: two MARBLED GODWITS on Nummy Island on the January 30; two Blue-winged Teal at Lily Lake on the 30th; three EASTERN PHOEBES at the Beanery on the 30th; three LITTLE BLUE HERONS at Two Mile Landing along Ocean Drive on the 31st; a Eurasian Wigeon at the Coast Guard ponds on the 31st, two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS continuing in West Cape May; YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER at the Beanery on the 31st; three PALM WARBLERS at the SCMM on February 1; and PINE SISKIN at a feeder in Goshen on the 1st and 2nd.

.A pelagic trip has been scheduled for February 21 aboard the Miss Chris out of Cape May. The trip 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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