Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/21/2002
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 21, 2002. Highlights from the last week include


The WHITE-WINGED DOVE was seen almost every day last week from Seagrove Ave. at the edge of Cape May Point. The bird is most often found roosting with Mourning Doves, on the power wires, in bare trees, or visiting areas with bird feeders. The bird disappears for considerable periods. Look anywhere from 607 Seagrove to 627 Seagrove.

After no reports for several weeks, a LARK SPARROW was seen again on March 18th near Cape May Courthouse. From Garden State Parkway exit 10, go west on Stone Harbor Blvd., which crosses Rt. 9 and becomes Court House South Dennis Road. Go 0.6 miles beyond the traffic light at Winding Way (Ames and Super Fresh on the right here) and look for a small "Firewood for Sale" sign on the left. Park opposite that sign, on the right, where there is a 100-foot wide lawn area. Across the lawn is a brushy area; on the far side of the brush is an area with piles of garden debris this is where the LARK SPARROW is usually found.

An adult LITTLE GULL was seen March 17th and 18th near the Concrete Ship off Sunset Beach, Cape May Point.

A "COMMON TEAL", more properly the EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, was seen again on March 17th at the end of Strawberry Road, Bivalve.

Cape May Point State Park's YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen most recently on March 21. The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW that has been frequenting the town of Cape May Point was most recently seen on March 16th at the southwestern corner of Cape and Pavilion Circle.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was sighted flying past Cape May Point State Park on March 18th. NORTHERN GANNETS, SCOTERS, and RED-THROATED LOONS continue to gather in large numbers off Cape May Point.

Reports of returning migrants continue. A PIPING PLOVER was found at the South Cape May Meadows beach on March 16th, and 4 were at the north end of Brigantine Beach on March 19th. PURPLE MARTINS, PINE WARBLERS, LAUGHING GULLS, and TREE SWALLOWS are now being seen almost every day in the appropriate habitats. FORSTER'S TERNS have also returned. GLOSSY IBIS were seen March 15th at Cape May Point State Park, March 18th over the Garden State Parkway, and again at the State Park on March 21st.

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 our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, 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 Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558

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