Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/9/2000
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 9 include BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, HARLEQUIN DUCK, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

One or two BLACK-HEADED GULLS were being were still being seen at the Ferry Terminal as of March 5.

Two ICELAND GULLS are still being seen near the fish docks along Ocean Drive, reported this week on March 6. An ICELAND GULL was also at 2nd Avenue jetty on March 6.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at the Bivalve impoundments on March 6, from the boardwalk at the end of Strawberry Lane.

The HARLEQUIN DUCK continues at Avalon at 7th Street and the beach, seen as recently as March 9.

PINE WARBLERS have returned and are singing at Jake's Landing Road. A migrant was at the Cape May Point State Park on the 8th. Six FOX SPARROWS at a feeder in Goshen no doubt represents migrants moving through the area. Two BALD EAGLES were near the Seashore Road WaWa on March 6 and another was over West Cape May on the 6th. An adult male BALD EAGLE was observed bringing food to the female at the Maurice River nest.

Other highlights this week included: TREE SWALLOW over Bunker Pond on March 3, EASTERN PHOEBE at Dennis Creek WMA on March 5, a build-up of RED-THROATED LOONS in Delaware Bay (200 were counted on March7), VESPER SPARROW at the magnesite plant on March 8, and a SHORT-EARED OWL hunting in broad daylight at Jake's Landing on March 9.

Nature Notes: The unseasonably warm weather has triggered some butterfly activity. A number of Mourning Cloaks, a butterfly that over-winters as an adult, have been noted. Freshly emerged Cabbage Whites and Orange Sulphurs have also been seen. The most amazing sighting was that of a Common Buckeye on March 8. This southerly butterfly repopulates the area each year, but never this early. Frogs are calling in earnest. Spring Peepers, Wood Frogs, and Chorus Frogs have all been heard.

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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