Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/17/2005
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, March 17th. Highlights from the last week include PAINTED BUNTING, GLAUCOUS GULL, KING EIDER, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and news of the season.

The adult male PAINTED BUNTING in Erma has continued through at least March 13th. It visits feeders at 693 and 688 Weeks Landing Rd., just west of Rt. 626. The feeders at both houses may be seen from the street; please do not enter private property, bird only from the street. The road is very narrow here; please park by the Vietnam Veterans of America building or near Cape May Electric, both close to Rt. 626, and walk the very short distance down the road to the houses. Patience is often necessary, as the bird can be absent for hours at a time.

At least one of the two previously seen GLAUCOUS GULLS continue near the southernmost toll bridge on Ocean Drive, around the commercial seafood docks were found, last seen on March 12th.

An immature male KING EIDER found last week at the Avalon Sea Watch was still present on the 12th.

Three EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL were seen at the Corbin City/Tuckahoe WMA impoundment complex on the 16th.

Chilly, un-spring-like weather persisted this week, but a few signs of spring continue. The first PIPING PLOVER were seen at Stone Harbor Point and at Brigantine Island. LAUGHING GULLS, OSPREYS, TREE SWALLOWS, and GREAT EGRETS were also seen this week.

Not surprisingly given the weather, there are very few songbird highlights. Both SNOW BUNTINGS and IPSWICH SPARROWS, a few of each, have been seen regularly at Stone Harbor Point. And a very hardy EASTERN PHOEBE continues at the Beanery.

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://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 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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