Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/18/1999
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 18 include reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, C. BLACK-HEADED GULL, LITTLE GULL, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

First a note on CMBO's upcoming optics sale: A two day sale on high quality binoculars and spotting scopes will be held on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28 from 9 am to 5 pm at CMBO's Center for Research and Education, 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. Manufacturer's representatives from Bausch & Lomb, Bogen, Leica, Nikon, Swarovski, and Swift will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate their products. A sample of what's available: Nikon 8x42 Venturer LX at $845, Lieca 8x32 at $710, Swarovski 7 x 42 at $745, and Bausch & Lomb 8 x 42 Nature Views at $55.

TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point, with a report this week on March 13. The road to East Point is accessed via a turn onto Glade Road from Route 47. The bird has been spending its time feeding on juniper berries along a stretch of road about 1.1 miles beyond Main Street.

A 1st winter C. BLACK-HEADED GULL was at the toll bridge along Ocean Drive on March 12, and a LITTLE GULL was a fly-over in West Cape May on March 18.

Some signs of spring this week included: 19 TREE SWALLOWS were over Pickle Factory pond near Eldora on March 14th; a PECTORAL SANDPIPER was along Ocean Drive on the 13th and another was along Bayshore Road on the 16th; 47 LAUGHING GULLS and three OSPREYS were crossing the Delaware Bay headed north on the 17th; GLOSSY IBIS was along the Maurice River on the 17th; FORSTER'S TERN and PIPING PLOVER were at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 17th; and PINE WARBLERS were singing at Timber Beaver Swamp and at the Ponder Lodge golf course in Villas on the 18th. Other highlights this week included: SHORT-EARED OWL at SCMM on the 13th (also at Heislerville, Jakes Landing, and Turkey Point on the same date); and two WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS (one the gambelli subspecies) and a NASHVILLE WARBLER the Beanery on the 16th.

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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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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