You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This recording was made on
Thursday, March 7, 2002. Highlights from the last week include
WHITE-WINGED DOVE, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULL,
BLACK-HEADED GULL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER,
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, HOUSE WREN, and WHITE-EYED VIREO.
A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was found on Seagrove Ave. near Cape May Point on Feb.
25th, was most recently reported on March 3rd. The bird is most often
found roosting with Mourning Doves, anywhere from 615 Seagrove to 627
Seagrove. The bird disappears from this area for long periods birders
haven't yet found its other haunts.
A first winter GLAUCOUS GULL was found on March 4th along Ocean Drive, at
the base of the south side of the southernmost toll bridge. The bird was
seen again on March 5th and 6th. An immature (year not reported) ICELAND
GULL and an immature (year not reported) LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen
in this same location on March 3rd. An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was
seen here on March 2nd. Rounding out our gull reports, a BLACK-HEADED GULL
was seen offshore from Sunset Beach on March 3rd.
Cape May Point's CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was most recently reported on March
6th, at its usual location in a yard at the junction of Coral and
Cambridge. It is most often seen on the ground beneath the bird feeders.
Two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found again in Cape May Point State Park
on March 6th; one had been found here on March 1st. An ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER was also seen on March 3rd along Seagrove Ave., near Cape May Point.
An early BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was reported from Cape May Point, along
Princeton Ave. near Coral, on March 3rd. An early HOUSE WREN was seen
along the yellow trail in Cape May Point State Park on March 1st. An early
WHITE-EYED VIREO was found along Seagrove Ave. near Cape May Point on March
1st. Three LAUGHING GULLS at Cook's Beach on March 2nd, 2 TREE SWALLOWS
along Seagrove Ave. on March 3rd, and an EASTERN PHOEBE at Turkey Point on
March 7th are all on-time arrivals.
We have no reports from the last week of the LARK SPARROW near Cape May
There will be a pelagic trip from Cape May on Sunday, March 10. Contact
Mary Gustafson for details or to register: Phone - 301-497-1629; Cell:
302-559-5640; E-mail: email@example.com. See the internet version of this
hotline for more details.
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CAPE MAY PELAGIC - SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2002
Date: Sunday, March 10
Time: 5:00 AM - approx 5:00 PM
Boat: Miss Chris, 65' fishing boat with full walk-around
Contact: Mary Gustafson
Captain: Fred Ascoli, 609-884-3939
In case of inclement weather this trip may be cancelled by the
Captain. Call Captain Fred at the number above, or Mary Gustafson on her
cell phone for last minute weather cancellation information.
What We Hope to See:
This trip has been run for well over a decade, and has produced good winter
seabirds in the past. The primary focus will be alcids and past sightings
include Razorbill almost every year, Dovekie several times (high of 733),
Atlantic Puffin several times, Common Murre on almost half of the trips,
and Thick-billed Murre once. Great Skua and Northern Fulmar have also been
seen. Gannets and Kittiwakes are regular. We'll chum as we go to keep
gulls, gannets, and hopefully a skua at the back of the boat. We also stop
for any whales. This trip has produced Fin Whale several times and an
incredible show by two Northern Right Whales in 1998. FYI for state
listers, we will be in both NJ and DE waters.
Be prepared for winter. Warm clothes are required and raingear is
recommended both as a windbreaker and to protect from spray. You must
provide your own food and beverages. The cabin is heated and there are
separate men's and women's bathrooms. There will be experienced pelagic
birders along who will gladly help beginners, but bring your field guides.
Travel south to the end of the Garden State Parkway. Continue south over
the Cape May Bridge. Make the first right-hand turn after the bridge,
between the Captain's Cove Restaurant and Tony's Pizza (approx. 500 feet).
The boat is 1/2 block straight ahead.
Map to the boat:
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 that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one
of our centers, call our natural history and events hotline at
609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, 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 Cape May, Cumberland, and
Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736, or e-mail
reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!