Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/4/1999
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 4 include reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, C. BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL other bird news, and news of CMBO.

TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point, with a report this week on February 27. The road to East Point is accessed via a turn onto Glade Road from Route 47. The bird has been spending its time feeding on juniper berries along a stretch of road about 1.1 miles beyond Main Street.

An adult COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL was a fly-by off Cape May Point on February 27. Both 1st winter BLACK-HEADED GULL and ICELAND GULL were fly-bys at the Concrete Ship on the 28th.

The EURASIAN WIGEON continues in the Coast Guard ponds along Ocean Drive, reported this week on February 27.

Two adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were at the Concrete Ship on February 28, and a 1st winter was near the toll bridge on Ocean Drive on the same day.

Signs of spring this week included an OSPREY along the Garden State Parkway near Exit 4 on February 27, a PIPING PLOVER on the beach at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on March 1, SIX TREE SWALLOWS on Cape May Point on the 1st, and a PURPLE MARTIN over the Beanery on March 2nd.

Other highlights this week included: NASHVILLE WARBLER continuing at the Beanery; ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at SCMM on February 27; two SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and 11 LEAST SANDPIPERS along Avalon causeway on the 27th; SHORT-EARED OWL at Jakes Landing on the 27th, and two BALD EAGLES over Cape May Point on March 2.

BALD EAGLES are on the nest on Stow Creek. You can see these birds from a viewing platform on Route 623. This site can be found on CMBO's Delaware Bayshore birding map (it is Site #23),

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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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