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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/25/2004
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 25th. Highlights from the last week include EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED (or COMMON) TEAL, ICELAND GULL, LITTLE GULL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, SCOTERS, and news of spring arrivals.

Two reports were received this week of EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL. One was at the Bivalve impoundment at Robbinstown Road on March 23rd, while another was reported from the Tuckahoe impoundment on March 21st.

The female HARLEQUIN DUCK at the St. Mary's jetty in Cape May Point was joined by a male on March 21st. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen March 23rd near the Maurice River.

An ICELAND GULL has been seen with some regularity around the Cape, most recently at 2nd Avenue in Cape May on March 25th. LITTLE GULL sightings have been sporadic, with one seen on March 21st off Cape May Point.

The astounding flock of SCOTERS at the mouth of Delaware Bay continues, although numbers should begin to decline soon if they already haven't. BLACK SCOTERS are especially abundant near shore, SURF SCOTERS further offshore, and many fewer (but still many) WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS also generally found further offshore. These birds may be observed, and the nearby BLACK SCOTERS heard calling, from anywhere along the shore of Cape May Point, from Sunset Beach, and from the Cape May - Lewes Ferry. Lots of Red-throated Loons can be seen in the same locations along with passing flocks of BONAPARTE'S GULLS and FORSTER'S TERNS.

There's a great mix of spring and winter birds around Cape May right now. Recently returned birds include SNOWY EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON and many more TREE SWALLOWS. A few PINE SISKINS have been encountered as they head back north.

Please note that the "free bridge" connecting Nummy Island to south Stone Harbor is now closed until further notice for construction - estimated date for reopening is late May. Nummy can still be accessed from North Wildwood Blvd. drive past the "road closed - local traffic only" sign and over the bridge).

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!

 
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