Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/20/2003
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 20, 2003. Highlights from the last week include LONG-BILLED CURLEW, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, RED-NECKED GREBE, ICELAND GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, 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 most recently reported on March 19th. LITTLE GULLS are still being seen regularly around Cape May Point. One was at the Concrete Ship on March 20, 2 were at the Ferry Terminal on March 19th, 1 at St. Mary's (Cape May Point) on the 17th, and 6 at the Ferry Terminal on March 15th. A BLACK-HEADED GULL was also seen at the Ferry Terminal on March 15th. A RED-NECKED GREBE lingered at Lily Lake, Cape May Point, through at least March 19th, nine have continued on the little pond on Champlain Avenue in Villas through the 17th, and one was at Kimble's Beach on the 16th. A second winter ICELAND GULL was seen at the Second Ave. jetty in Cape May Point on March 20th. A EURASIAN WIGEON was found at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on March 18th. The two HARLEQUIN DUCKS were last reported off Cape May Point near St. Peter's Church on March 15th.

Other returning birds included EASTERN PHOEBES, TREE SWALLOWS, GLOSSY IBIS, GREAT EGRETS, and good numbers of OSPREY. 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 CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Mark S. Garland
Senior Naturalist
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
(609) 884-2736

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