Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/3/2005
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 3rd. Highlights from the last week include PAINTED BUNTING, GLAUCOUS GULL, DICKCISSEL, SNOW BUNTING, GOLDEN EAGLE, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, GREAT CORMORANT, and news of the season.

The adult male PAINTED BUNTING in Erma has continued through at least Feb. 26th. 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.

Two GLAUCOUS GULLS were found on March 1st near the southernmost toll bridge on Ocean Drive, around the commercial seafood docks.

A DICKCISSEL continues to visit feeders at 507 Fourth Ave. in West Cape May, our most recent report being March 3rd. Bird only from the street; the feeder area is clearly visible from here.

Three SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Stone Harbor Point on Feb. 27th.

Birders visiting Cumberland County on Feb. 26th note GOLDEN EAGLE and PEREGRINE FALCON at Maple Ave., a RING-NECKED PHEASANT on the road to East Point, CANVASBACK and COMMON GOLDENEYE at Heislerville, and lots of activity around BALD EAGLE nests.

A GREATER YELLOWLEGS was at Sluice Creek on March 3rd. A GREAT CORMORANT lounged on the St. Peter's jetty in Cape May Point on Feb. 25th. SHORT-EARED OWLS were reported this week from Corbin City WMA and Jakes Landing. A VIRGINIA RAIL was at Turkey Point on Feb. 27th. Nine HOODED MERGANSERS were in Lily Lake, Cape May Point, on March 1st. AMERICAN WOODCOCKS are displaying in suitable habitat throughout southern New Jersey on every warmer evening now.

ANNOUNCEMENT: See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip on Sunday, March 6 out of Cape May for winter seabirds. Last we heard there were only two spots left open. The cost is $100. Call 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

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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