Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/1/2004
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, April 1. Highlights from the last week include ICELAND GULL, LITTLE GULL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, and news of spring arrivals.

The female HARLEQUIN DUCK that has been regular at the St. Marys jetty in Cape May Point was seen on March 28th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Ocean Drive fish processing plants on March 28. LITTLE GULL sightings have been sporadic, with one seen on March 29th off Cape May Point.

The flock of SCOTERS at the mouth of Delaware Bay continues, although numbers have declined a bit. BLACK SCOTERS have been more regular near shore, SURF SCOTERS further offshore. These birds may be observed from anywhere along the shore of Cape May Point, from Sunset Beach, and from the Cape May Lewes Ferry. Lots of RED-THROATED LOONS can be seen in the same locations along with passing flocks of BONAPARTES GULLS and FORSTERS TERNS.

Very early was a BROWN PELICAN near the ferry terminal on March 26th.

New spring arrivals this week included YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS at Jakes Landing and in Belleplain on March 26th, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH in Belleplain on March 28th, and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER in Eldora on March 31st.

Thirty-five LESSER YELLOWLEGS were at Bivalve on March 29th, along with six GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

Please note that the free bridge connecting Nummy Island to south Stone Harbor is now closed until further notice for construction estimated date for reopening is late May. Nummy can still be accessed from North Wildwood Blvd. drive past the road closed local traffic only sign and over the bridge).

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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