Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/8/2001
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 8 include: ICELAND GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Ocean Drive fish docks on February 3.

A EURASIAN WIGEON is present on the little park pond along Madison Avenue in Cape May city. It was last reported on February 4.

Other interesting sightings this week include: ten GREAT CORMORANTS at the Coast Guard jetty on the February 2, AMERICAN BITTERN at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 3rd, three AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS in West Cape May on the 3rd, 50 BONAPARTE'S GULLS at the St. Mary's jetty on the 4th, 100s of LESSER SCAUP moving off Cape May Point on the 4th, four CHIPPING SPARROWS in West Cape May on the 4th, and two WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS along Bayshore Road on the 5th.

A SNOWY OWL was seen on the north side of Barnegat Inlet on February 4. There were 16 HARLEQUIN DUCKS in the Inlet on the same date.

There will be a pelagic trip out of Cape May on Sunday, March 4 from 5:00 AM - 5:00 PM, aboard the Miss Chris, a 65-foot fishing boat. The cost is $65.00. Contact Paul Guris at 215-234-6805 or at email address sawwhet@voicenet.com

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, 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. 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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Vincent J. Elia
Research Associate
Cape May Bird Observatory
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, N. J., 08210

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