Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/11/1999
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 March 11 include reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, C. BLACK-HEADED GULL, LITTLE GULL, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point, with a report this week on March 11. 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.

An adult C. BLACK-HEADED GULL was at the toll bridge along Ocean Drive on March 9, and a 1st winter C. Black-headed Gull was at the jetty at St. Mary's convent on Cape May Point on March 11.

Three adult LITTLE GULLS were at 2nd Avenue jetty in Cape May on March 5, and two (possibly the same birds) were at the jetty at St. Mary's convent on Cape May Point on the same day.

A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was in the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on March 5.

The EURASIAN WIGEON continues in the Coast Guard ponds along Ocean Drive, reported this week on March 7 and 9.

Other highlights this week included: NASHVILLE WARBLER continuing at the Beanery; MERLIN at Reed's Beach on March 5; SHORT-EARED OWL at SCMM on the 5th; VIRGINIA RAIL calling at SCMM on the 5th; WHITE-WINGED SCOTER through the week on Lily Lake; 8+ TREE SPARROWS, 8 TREE SWALLOWS, and an EASTERN PHOEBE at the Beanery, all on the 6th; LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Concrete Ship on the 7th; LONG-EARED OWL circling the SCMM on the 8th; WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW at the Beanery on the 9th; and 2 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and 3 WESTERN SANDPIPERS at the Coast Guard ponds along Ocean Drive on the 9th.

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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