Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/31/2005
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 31st. Highlights from the last week include PAINTED BUNTING, SNOWY OWL, ICELAND GULL, LITTLE GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, GREAT CORMORANT, RED-NECKED GREBE, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and news of the season.

The adult male PAINTED BUNTING in Erma has continued through at least March 29th, when it was joined by an INDIGO BUNTING. 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 SNOWY OWL was found at Stone Harbor Point on Wednesday afternoon, March 30th and is still present on March 31st. A SNOWY OWL was also reported from Corsons Inlet, Ocean City, on March 26th.

An ICELAND GULL and a LITTLE GULL were amidst more than 300 BONAPARTES GULLS lounging on the mudflats of Delaware Bay at Villas on March 27th. An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the jetty at the Cold Spring Inlet on March 30th, a site accessed via Two Mile Beach. A GLAUCOUS GULL was by the Ocean Drive fish plants on March 29th.

Two GREAT CORMORANTS and over 2000 DUNLIN are frequenting the rock jetties near the Cape May ferry landing. As many as four GREAT CORMORANTS and dozens of RED-THROATED LOONS are being regularly seen on or near the Concrete Ship off Sunset Beach.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was reported March 27th from Union Lake in Millville. Three EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL and three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were at the Tuckahoe and Corbin City Wildlife Management Areas on March 30th.

Returning birds dominate our reports this week: from Higbee come reports of SCARLET TANAGER on March 30th and RED-EYED VIREO on the 29th. PINE WARBLERS and PURPLE MARTINS were reported from many locations. A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was on territory by the Sunset Bridge in Belleplain State Forest on March 31st, and one was at East Point on the 24th. A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD visited a yard in Villas on March 30th, and a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was in a Goshen yard on the same day. A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was at Jakes Landing on the 29th, and a NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was at Bivalve on the same day. Two BARN SWALLOWS were at the South Cape May Meadows on the 30th, and two were seen the same day further north at Tuckahoe. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was at the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on March 30th. Two BLUE-WINGED TEAL and four WILSONS SNIPE were at the South Cape May Meadows on March 28th. PIPING PLOVERS were at Cape May Point on March 26th and at Stone Harbor Point on the 31st.

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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