Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 4/7/2004
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 Wednesday, April 7th. Highlights from the last week include ICELAND GULL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, and news of spring arrivals.

The female HARLEQUIN DUCK that has been regular at the St. Mary's jetty in Cape May Point was seen on April 5th. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Ocean Drive fish processing plants on April 1 along with an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. The flock of SCOTERS at the mouth of Delaware Bay continues, with huge numbers still present. 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 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, NORTHERN GANNETS, and FORSTER'S TERNS.

A very late SNOW BUNTING was a fly-over at the Cape May Point State Park on April 4th. There was also an "IPSWICH" SPARROW in the dunes at the end of the 'blue' trail there on the same date.

There have been several reports of Great Cormorants from the Concrete Ship area, from Stone Harbor Point, and from Two Mile Beach.

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 CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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