Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/12/1998
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 12 include sightings of GLAUCOUS GULL, COMMON EIDER, local nature notes, and information about our upcoming programs and field trips.

A quick note to participants registered for this weekend's Duck Round Ups and the Woodcock Dance, weather looks OK. See you there.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Longport on March 6. The "Yellow-legged" type Gull that was seen at the same location last week was also seen on the 6th and proved to be an aberrant Herring Gull with yellow legs.

Five COMMON EIDERS were still present at Hereford Inlet on March 6, but the King Eiders that had been there were unreported.

For the first time since New Year's Day, a week went by without a report of the GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW.

Extraordinarily early were two CLIFF SWALLOWS, with four PURPLE MARTINS, at the Beanery on March 9. The cold weather that has set in since does not bode well for the swallows.

A PINE WARBLER, a spring arrival, was along Sea Grove Ave. March 11.

The trails at the State Park produced three FOX SPARROWS, seven CATBIRDS, and a BROWN THRASHER on March 7.

A survey on the Maurice River on March 11 produced 500 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, but Mallards and Pintail were mostly gone, having alrady moved north. Fifteen CANVASBACK were at Heislerville, Cumberland County.

WOODCOCK performed for CMBO's February 7th Woodcock program, despite rainy weather off and on all day. There was a tiny window whin it was just misting and 5 Woodcock entertained the group.

Local Nature Notes follow: Red-tailed Hawks have been paired up for some time now and performing flight displays for each other with dramatic rolling swoops and dives. March 11th ovservers onjoyed courtship displays of Cooper's Hawks over the town of Leesburg and N. Harriers "skydancing" at Heislerville. The wintry weather this week has ended any butterfly activity, but as soon as it warms up again be alert. Spring Peepers and Wood Frogs have been calling. And on March 7th Chorus Frogs were heard calling, their call sounds like someone running their finger down a comb. Flowering Quince is blooming -- hummingbirds will be next, they generally arrive in mid-April. Daffodils and crocuses are in bloom. Day lilies are up about 7". Great Horned Owlets are growing, having hatched at the end of February. The Cape May Bird Observatory's upcoming preregistration winter programs include a six-week "Ornithology 101" Course that began March 3rd and runs through April 7th every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks, a field trip to witness the Woodcock's mating dance or flight on March 14, CMBO's "Wintering Eagles By Boat on the Maurice River" trips are full but additional Saturday & Sunday "Bald Eagle Cruises" are being offered by The Skimmer -- tell them you learned about the trips from CMBO and a portion of the proceeds go back to us, our next Open House evening program will be March 18th with a program on "Backyard Terrorists like Squirrels, House Finches, and the like at our feeders," and a 2-day "Bird Watching For Beginners Course" March 28 & 29.

And don't forget to mark your calendars for CMBO's SPRING OPTICS SALE, March 28 & 29 to be held at CMBO's Center for Research & Education in Goshen. Sorry, no phone orders. You need to be here in person those two days to get great deals.

There are also two different Sunday morning bird walks, requiring no preregistration -- one at Cape May Point 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and one at CMBO's new Center in Goshen from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. If you are not a member and would like a copy of the Winter Program Schedule with all the details, stop by either center or call us at 609-861-0700.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has two centers of activity. Our new Center for Research & Education in Goshen is located at 600 Route 47 North. The center features gardens and a meadow for wildlife, feeding stations, nature store, and a wildlife art gallery in "The Loft"on our second floor, featuring the work of some of the Bayshore's finest artists, photographer, and carvers. CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point now has more space than ever devoted to our growing birding book store and birding information. Both the CMBO Center in Goshen and the Northwood Center in Cape May Point are open 10-5, every day except Tuesday & Wednesday.

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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory, call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. If you are in the area do not hesitate to visit our 2 birding bookstores

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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