Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/14/2003
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, March 13, 2003. Highlights from the last week include LONG-BILLED CURLEW, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, RED-NECKED GREBE, and HARLEQUIN DUCK.

The LONG-BILLED CURLEW is still present behind North Wildwood. Best viewing for this bird is at lower tides from the west end of 26th, 19th, 17th, and 14th Streets. It was last reported on Mar. 11.

Up to six LITTLE GULLS (three adults and three immatures) have been seen this past week feeding with Bonapartes Gulls around the Cape May Point jetties. A BLACK-HEADED GULL also continues to be seen in the area of Cape May Point, seen on Mar. 11 at the ferry terminal jetties.

The RED-NECKED GREBE invasion continues along the New Jersey coast. In the southern part of the state sightings have come from both salt and fresh water. Among a number of reports from several locations are nine that continue on the little pond on Champlain Avenue in Villas and two on Lily Lake.

The two HARLEQUIN DUCKS were last reported off Cape May Point near St. Peters Church on Mar. 10.

A pair of REDHEADS were on Sunset Lake, Wildwood Crest on Mar. 10.

A very early PECTORAL SANDPIPER was on a rain pool pond along Stevens Street in West Cape May on Mar. 9, and six were at Bivalve on the 10th.

Other returning birds included two TREE SWALLOWS over a field near Fortescue on Mar. 13 and a Great Egret along the Parkway on Mar. 13.

The GREAT HORNED OWL nest on an old Osprey nest in Avalon, that had been visible at Morans Marina (14th and Ocean Drive) has been abandoned. A BARRED OWL was perched near the canal along New England Road on Mar. 7.

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://cmbo.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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