Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/10/2005
Highlights from the last week include PAINTED BUNTING, GLAUCOUS GULL, KING EIDER, GOLDEN EAGLE, and news of the season.

The adult male PAINTED BUNTING in Erma has continued through at least Mar. 5th. It visits feeders at 693 and 688 Weeks Landing Rd., just west of Rt. 626. The feeders at both houses may be seen from the street; please do not enter private property, bird only from the street. The road is very narrow here; please park by the Vietnam Veterans of America building or near Cape May Electric, both close to Rt. 626, and walk the very short distance down the road to the houses. Patience is often necessary, as the bird can be absent for hours at a time.

Two GLAUCOUS GULLS continue near the southernmost toll bridge on Ocean Drive, around the commercial seafood docks were found, last seen on Mar. 7th.

An immature male KING EIDER was at the Avalon Seawatch on the 10th.

Birders visiting Cumberland County on the 5th and 6th had a GOLDEN EAGLE at Maple Ave.

With the cold, blustery weather this week, it's difficult to imagine that spring is not really that far off. There were some signs of spring this week, at least bird-wise. The first LAUGHING GULLS were seen on the 7th, several OSPREYS were reported during the week, and up to 18 TREE SWALLOWS were over Lily Lake on the 9th.

The See Life Paulagics trip on Ma. 6 was quite successful. Highlights included 48 RAZORBILLS, 5 ATLANTIC PUFFINS, 2 MURRE species, 6 NORTHERN FULMARS, 4 ICELAND GULLS, a GLAUCOUS GULL, and 1000s of NORTHERN GANNETS.

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://www.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 CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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