Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/22/2001
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 22 include: NORTHERN SHRIKE, EURASIAN WIGEON, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

First: a note about our annual optics sale. The annual CMBO optics sale is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, at our Center for Research and Education in Goshen.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Kimble's Beach Road behind the offices of the Cape May NWR on March 17. This may or may not be the bird that was being seen at Woodcock Lane.

A EURASIAN WIGEON has been seen regularly at the Madison Ave. park pond in Cape May, reported this week on March 22.

A MURRE Sp. was off Cape May Point on March 18.

Several species have returned to New Jersey after a long winter. GREAT EGRETS and SNOWY EGRETS have shown up in several locales. BLUE-WINGED TEAL were at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) and at Bivalve. GLOSSY IBIS was at the SCMM. And a PURPLE MARTIN was at CMPt on the 17th.

FORSTER TERN and LAUGHING GULL numbers are building. RED-THROATED LOONS are gathering in Delaware Bay (150+ off CMPt on the 15th).

BLACK VULTURES have been omnipresent around the Cape all week. Sixteen were over CMPt on the 17th.

Other highlights this week included: 50 NORTHERN GANNETS and 33 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS off CMPt on the 17th, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT at Jake's Landing on the 18th.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, 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. 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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609?884?2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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

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