Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/16/2000
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 16 include REEVE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A REEVE was reported from the impoundments at Bivalve on March 14. There have been no further reports. There has been a EURASIAN WIGEON at the same site, last reported on March 14.

One or two BLACK-HEADED GULLS were still being seen at the Ferry Terminal as of March 13.

An ICELAND GULL was at Sunset Beach on March 11.

PINE WARBLERS have returned and are singing at Jake's Landing Road. Migrants were at Lily Lake on the 13th, and at Woodcock Trail on the 16th. The season's first BARN SWALLOW was at Cape May Point State Park (CMPt SP) on March 12, and the first TRICOLORED HERON was along Ocean Drive on March 11. OSPREYS were reported from several locations this week.

Other highlights this week included: nine TREE SWALLOWS at CMPt Sp on March 11, three COMMON SNIPE at the South Cape May Meadows on the 12th, a kettle of 25 BLACK VULTURES over Delmont on the 14th, EASTERN PHOEBE at the Beanery on the 14th and at Woodcock Trail on the 16th.

Nature Notes: Spring Azures have emerged and have been seen in several places, while an elfin of undetermined species was at the Goshen Center on the 16th. Bizarre was a Tiger Swallowtail that emerged in the basement of Vineland home on March 15.

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. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Goshen Center also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers.

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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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