Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/13/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory.

This week's message, prepared on Friday, January 13,includes sightings of SNOWY OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SEDGE WREN, SNOW BUNTING, IPSWICH SPARROW, SANDHILL CRANE, and BLACK-HEADED GULL.

The SNOWY OWL frequenting Stone Harbor Point, as well as beaches in North Wildwood, was most recently reported at dusk on Thursday, January 12th.The bird does wander and evenings appear to be one of the more predictable times at Stone Harbor Point.Also at Stone Harbor Point are SNOW BUNTING (most recently 3 birds) and several IPSWICH (Savannah) SPARROWS.

SHORT-EARED OWLS have been reported at both Jakes Landing in northern Cape May County and Turkey Point, south of Dividing Creek in Cumberland County.Apparently the large numbers present on the marshes of Tuckahoe and Corbin City failed to reappear this year. Dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS are also present at Jakes and Turkey Point.

At Turkey Point and several points along the road, including the drive over bridge and the long straight away after the dog leg, are multiple SEDGE WRENS.

The perennial South of the Canal SANDHILL CRANE was last reported January 7thalong Batts Lane.The TRUMPETER SWAN was last reported at Daveys Lake on January 5th.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubons Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland Counties.Updates are made on Thursday (and sometimes Friday).Please report rare or unusual sightings to CMBO at 609-884-2736.Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of our members.If you are not a member, we cordially invite you to join.Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families.You can call either center or become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to your other member benefits).

Please note that the Northwood Center will be closed Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15.We will open at 9 AM on Monday, January 16th.The Center for Research and Education will be open over the weekend.

Good Birding!

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