Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/31/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Friday March 31. The roster this week includes sightings of VESPER SPARROW, GREAT CORMORANT, RED-THROATED LOON, WILSON'S SNIPE, WINTER WREN, FORSTER'S TERN, TREE SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, PIPING PLOVER, PINE WARBLER and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER.

Spring has sprung and migration is happening!

There have been numerous reports of flocks of GREAT EGRETS crossing the bay. There are still numbers of SURF and BLACK SCOTER in the Bay, as well as, NORTHERN GANNET. On 3/29 there as one GREAT CORMORANT loafing on the Concrete Ship along with 50+ RED-THROATED LOONS in the surrounding water.

A VESPER SPARROW was seen in the Magnesite Plant area on 3/29.

WILSON'S SNIPE is still being seen at the Meadow's; also one was spotted at the Beanery on 3/30. Also at the Beanery on 3/30 were 5+ WINTER WRENS.

Numerous FORSTER'S TERNS are being seen in the Cape May area this week with 3 spotted from the St. Peter's jetty on 3/30 and 5+ seen from North Cape May on 3/29.

Four TREE SWALLOWS were also seen from the St. Peter's jetty on 3/30 and one BARN SWALLOW was seen today, 3/31, flying over Seagrove Avenue near the Northwood Center.

More PIPING PLOVER have arrived in Cape May. On 3/29 three were seen displaying along the beach between the Meadows and the Cape May Point State Park.

PINE WARBLERS are being seen in and around Cape May up to Belleplain State Forest. Two PINE WARBLERS were seen at Higbee's Beach on 3/30, also two were in Cape May along Lafayette Street on 3/29.

Finally, one YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported from Belleplain State Forest near the Headquarters today 3/31.

CMBO's 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 Society's 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 you'll 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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