Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/2/1995
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service ofthe New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending March 2 include sightings of GLAUCOUS GULL, LITTLE GULL, COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL, RED-NECKED GREBE, local nature notes and announcements.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the jetty at Saint Mary's convent at Cape May Point on Feb. 25. What was probably the same bird was seen off Poverty Beach the same day, following a fishing boat. Up to 5 LITTLE GULLS were seen from the Cape May Ferry on Feb. 24, however the only report since then was one bird on Feb. 25 off Cape May Point.

A COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL and a EURASIAN WIGEON were present at the Coast Guard pond on Ocean Drive on Feb. 25, as they have been for most of the winter. Two RED-NECKED GREBES were seen in Hereford Inlet off North Wildwood on March 1.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on Feb. 28, along Haleyville Road in Cumberland County. There have been few reports of this species this winter.

A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen off Thompson's Beach on the bayshore on March 2, along with over 100 GADWALL. Waterfowl movements, particularly Gadwall, have been noticeable this week. A flock of 22 Blue SNOW GEESE was seen on Feb. 26 headed north over Cape May city.

Jake's Landing has been a hotspot this winter for raptors, with any visit producing 2 or 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, lots of NORTHERN HARRIERS and RED-TAILED HAWKS; as well as SHORT-EARED OWLS at dusk.

A mini-pelagic trip will leave Cape May Mar. 11 at 8 AM, lasting until noon. Call Dave Githens at 884-3712 for details.

An announcement: The Cape May National Wildlife Refuge is seeking volunteers to help post the refuge's properties. Call (609) 463-0994 to sign up.

Local nature notes: Spring has indeed sprung. American Woodcock can be heard courting each evening now at the last bit of light, a bit after 6 PM. Thousands of Green-winged Teal have returned to the area, and can be heard giving their high thin whistles at Goshen Landing. Killdeer and Gadwall are moving. Hundreds of Pintail can be found in the Maurice River. Five of the 9 pairs of Bald Eagles in southern New Jersey are on eggs, according to state Endangered and Nongame Species Program staff. Young Great Horned Owls have hatched and the adults can be heard briefly now at dusk. Male Red-winged Blackbirds are on territory, noticed at Jakes Landing Feb. 27. E. Meadowlarks are also calling from fields and marshes.

Fine print: 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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, phone our office or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L. Larson (llarson@pucc.princeton.edu).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

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