Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/24/2005
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, March 24th. Highlights from the last week include PAINTED BUNTING, HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, HORNED GREBE, SNOW BUNTING, IPSWICH SAVANNAH SPARROW, GREAT CORMORANT, and news of the season.

The adult male PAINTED BUNTING in Erma has continued through at least March 23rd. It visits feeders at 693 and 688 Weeks Landing Rd., just west of Rt. 626. The feeders at both houses may be seen from the street; please do not enter private property, bird only from the street. The road is very narrow here; please park by the Vietnam Veterans of America building or near Cape May Electric, both close to Rt. 626, and walk the very short distance down the road to the houses. Patience is often necessary, as the bird can be absent for hours at a time.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen off the St. Marys jetty in Cape May Point on March 19th and by the St. Peters jetty on the 20th.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was in the median pond on the Garden State Parkway at mile 3.5 on March 17th. On the same day 27 HORNED GREBES were counted in Sunset Lake, Wildwood, and Stone Harbor Point yielded 3 SNOW BUNTINGS and one IPSWICH SAVANNAH SPARROW.

Two GREAT CORMORANTS were off Higbee Beach on March 21st.

Ten FORSTERS TERNS and 4 NORTHERN GANNETS were seen off Sunset Beach on March 21st. RED-THROATED LOONS and SCOTERS are numerous here now.

Spring migration is slowly unfolding. We have reports this week of PINE WARBLER, LAUGHING GULL, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, and 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 CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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