Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/7/2003
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 Friday, February 7, 2003. Highlights from the last week include LONG-BILLED CURLEW, LITTLE GULL, ICELAND GULL, COMMON EIDER, MARBLED GODWIT, WESTERN WILLET, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and GREAT HORNED OWL.

The North Wildwood LONG-BILLED CURLEW remains present through at least Feb. 2nd. Best viewing for this bird is at lower tides from the west end of 26th, 19th, 17th, and 14th Streets in North Wildwood.

An adult LITTLE GULL was seen on Feb. 6th at the Cape May ferry terminal. It followed the ferry out into Delaware Bay.

The first winter ICELAND GULL has continued through at least Feb. 2nd around the southernmost toll bridge on Ocean Drive, in the commercial seafood processing area.

A COMMON EIDER was seen at the Avalon Seawatch site on Feb. 1st. Another COMMON EIDER was seen on Jan. 30th at the entrance to the Cape May Harbor, or "Cold Spring Inlet."

A MARBLED GODWIT and twenty-three "Western" WILLETS were seen on mudflats on the south side of Brigantine Island Feb 2nd.

A BALTIMORE ORIOLE continues to frequent feeders on Foster Lane, near the Cape May Canal, our most recent report being Feb. 6th.

GREAT HORNED OWLS are nesting on an old Osprey nest in Avalon again this winter, visible from shore at 14th and Ocean Drive.

There is a pelagic trip scheduled out of Cape May on March 2nd with a weather date of March 9th. The trip will be targeting winter seabirds such as alcids, Fulmar, Kittiwakes, etc. It is aboard the Miss Chris and the cost is $90. Another trip is scheduled for March 15 leaving out of Lewes, DE. The February 1 pelagic trip from Belmar, NJ, has been postponed to February 8. For information on any of these trips, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or check the web site at http://www.paulagics.com

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!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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