Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/12/2005
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Wednesday, January 12th. Highlights from the last week include PAINTED BUNTING, RAZORBILL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, COMMON REDPOLL, MARBLED GODWIT, "WESTERN" WILLET, KING EIDER, ICELAND GULL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, SHORT-EARED OWL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and GOLDEN EAGLE.

An adult male PAINTED BUNTING has continued through at least Jan. 11th but has not been seen, even after considerable waiting, thus far on the 12th. It has been visiting feeders at 693 and 688 Weeks Landing Rd., just west of Rt. 626 in Erma, and also being seen sometimes at rest in nearby shrubs. The feeders at both houses may be seen from the street; please do not enter private property, bird only from the street. As the road is very narrow here, please park by the Vietnam Veterans of America building or near Cape May Electric, both close to Rt. 626, and walk the very short distance down the road to the houses.

RAZORBILLS continue to be a winter highlight along the south Jersey coast. Fifteen were seen from Stone Harbor Point on Jan. 7th, two were at Poverty Beach and one at Avalon the same day, and one was off Cape May Point on Jan. 9th.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen off Cape May Point on Jan. 7th, and three HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen the same day by the Cold Spring Inlet. Also noted on Jan. 7th were a COMMON REDPOLL, a MARBLED GODWIT, and 6 "WESTERN" WILLETS at Nummy Island.

A young male KING EIDER continued at Sunset Beach through Jan. 7th, and a KING EIDER and an ICELAND GULL (no details on age for either bird) were reported from the Cold Spring Inlet on the 9th.

Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were seen together in the Dix WMA in Cumberland County on Jan. 9th. The birds were in the first open area along the road that's the first left off Middle Marsh Lane. At least a dozen BALD EAGLES also impressed birders here.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen on Jan. 8th and 9th at or near the Tuckahoe WMA in the northeastern section of Cape May County. At the nearby Corbin City WMA, 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, a SHORT-EARED OWL, and a GOLDEN EAGLE were seen the same day, with at least 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS here the previous day. Seven SHORT-EARED OWLS were counted at Tuckahoe on the 7th.

ANNOUNCEMENT: See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip on Sunday, March 6 out of Cape May for winter seabirds. The cost is $100. Call 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

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!

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