Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/13/2000
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 January 13 include reports of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, SEDGE WREN, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE found on the Cumberland Christmas Count on January 2 was still present on January 9. The bird was along the upper end of Bay Point Road in Lawrence Township, Cumberland County. Bay Point Road runs to the northwest from Nantuxent WMA.

A SEDGE WREN was seen along Route 47 where it crosses East Creek on January 9. The bird was along the west side of the road.

SHORT-EARED OWLS have been putting on a show at Jakes Landing. At least six birds are present and they have been hunting during the daylight hours. On January 8 and 9, they hunted up until 11 a.m., and resumed hunting again around 2:30 p.m.

Other highlights this week included: a BLACK SKIMMER lingering on the Cape May beach front (seen on January 11 at 2nd Ave.), an AMERICAN BITTERN in the South Cape May Meadows on the 7th, eight LEAST SANDPIPERS at Jakes Landing on the 8th, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 8th, both dark and light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at Jakes Landing on the 8th and 9th, 10 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS along Hansey Creek Rd. on the 9th, a MERLIN at Heislerville on the 8th, and two FORSTERS TERNS at West Cape May on the 11th.

The Mid-winter Eagle Survey in southern New Jersey conducted on January 8 and 9 tallied 93 BALD EAGLES (59 Adults / 34 Immatures) and 4 GOLDEN EAGLES (1 adult / 3 Immatures). Cumberland County had 23 adult Balds, an excellent total.

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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