Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/14/2002
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This recording was made on Thursday, March 14, 2002. Highlights from the last week include WHITE-WINGED DOVE, GLAUCOUS GULL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULL, "COMMON TEAL", ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, PINE WARBLER, CHIMNEY SWIFT, PURPLE MARTIN, GREAT CORMORANT, and NORTHERN GOSHAWK.

After no reports for 9 days, a WHITE-WINGED DOVE was relocated on Seagrove Ave. near Cape May Point on March 13th. The bird is most often found roosting with Mourning Doves, anywhere from 615 Seagrove to 627 Seagrove.

A first winter GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen along Ocean Drive, at the base of the south side of the southernmost toll bridge. The bird was seen most recently on March 13th. A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen offshore from Cape May Point State Park on March 13th. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported from the 2nd Ave. jetty on March 13th, and from Ocean Drive (at the Glaucous Gull location) on March 9th and 7th.

A "COMMON TEAL", more properly the EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, was seen on March 8th and 9th at the end of Strawberry Road, Bivalve.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER sightings continue from Cape May Point State Park; our most recent report is from March 12th. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT also continues to be found in the Park, most recently seen on March 9th.

Reports of returning migrants are picking up. PINE WARBLERS were found in Belleplain State Forest on March 9th. A CHIMNEY SWIFT was seen over Cape May Point on March 13th. 2 PURPLE MARTINS were seen in West Cape May on March 11th. LAUGHING GULLS, OSPREY, and TREE SWALLOWS were reported from several locations last week. Shorebird and waterfowl numbers are building throughout the region. Birds are on the move.

14 GREAT CORMORANTS were seen by a boater traveling through the back bay waters between Cape May and Stone Harbor on March 8th. 2 GREAT CORMORANTS were seen from 2 mile landing on March 11th.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK continues to frequent neighborhoods in West Cape May, most recently sighted March 14th.

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 that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, 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 Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Compiler Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist

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