Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/25/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Saturday March 11. The roster this week includes sightings of DICKCISSEL, GREAT CORMORANT, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, AMERICAN BITTERN, MERLIN, LAUGHING GULL, GOLDEN EAGLE, PINE WARBLER, SNOWY OWL, EURASIAN WIGEON, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and WINTER WREN

PYou have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Saturday March 25. The roster this week includes sightings of RED-NECKED GREBE, LEAST BITTERN, AMERICAN BITTERN, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GREAT CORMORANT, PIPING PLOVER, IPSWICH SPARROW, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, SHORT-EARED OWL, HARLEQUIN DUCK and a report of YELLOW RAIL.

Please excuse the lack of hotline coverage in the last week. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused. This weeks hotline will cover mostly the week of 3/17-3/25 and a few highlights from the previous week.

There have been good numbers of NORTHERN GANNET, RED-THROATED LOON, SURF and BLACK SCOTERS in the Delaware Bay this week. Counts as high as 417 NORTHERN GANNETS in five min. and a total of 700 RED-THROATED LOONS have been reported.

In the Meadows the AMERICAN BITTERN continues and was seen last on 3/20. The first LEAST BITTERN of the spring was seen on 3/22. Also on 3/22 was the first PECTORAL SANDPIPER of the spring, seen from the Cape May Point State Park.

On 3/23 a BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen from the Cape May/ Lewes Ferry Terminal along with 200+ BONAPARTES GULLS and 25+ LAUGHING GULLS.

GREAT CORMORANT is being seen on both sides of the bay and was seen from the Concrete Ship on 3/17 and 3/18.

The first PIPING PLOVER of the season was found on the beach between the Meadows and the State Park on 3/16. IPSWICH SPARROW was also seen in this same area on 3/16.

OSPREY has returned to Cape May and are being reported more frequently as the day go by.

The RED-NECKED GREBE was reported again from 80th Street in Avalon on 3/21. Also in Avalon, on 3/22, 2 drake and 2 hen HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen from the 8th Street jetty.

Moving up the Bay shore on 3/19 a SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from Jakes Landing. Also on 3/19 a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in Bivalve.

A YELLOW RAIL was reported from the Meadows on 3/20 at around 2:30 pm. The bird was reported to have flushed in close proximity to the single observer and flew back into the reeds along the eastern trail. The observer encountered the bird approximately half way down the eastern trail between two wooden walks where the bird flushed from the western side of the trail. There has been no further report of this bird since the initial sighting.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May Point, as promised, has returned to being open 7 days a week 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good luck and Good Birding!

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