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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/30/2000
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 30 include SANDHILL CRANE, LITTLE GULL, ICELAND GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A SANDHILL CRANE, was seen on March 30 flying to the northeast over the old magnesite plant, but there have been no further reports.

An adult LITTLE GULL has been frequenting the Sunset Beach area with Bonaparte's, seen most recently on March 29.

An ICELAND GULL was at the fish docks along Ocean Drive on March 28 and 29.

A EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the impoundments at Bivalve, last reported on March 25. A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was also present at Bivalve on the 25th, while two were on the Maurice River on the 27th.

An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported from the beach at Higbee Beach on March 30, while an immature bird was at Sunset Beach on March 27.

Other highlights this week included: the season's first TRICOLORED HERON on Thorofare Island on March 24, the first YELLOW THROATED WARBLERS on the 26th at Jake's Landing and at Sunset bridge in Belleplain, the first LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Sunset bridge on the 26th, 38 COMMON SNIPE in the South Cape May Meadows on the 29th, and the first CHIMNEY SWIFTS at Cape May Point State Park on the 29th. EASTERN PHOEBES are on the move-- 15 were seen on Cape Island on March 25.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, 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. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Goshen Center also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers.

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!

 
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