Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/14/2004
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 January 14th. Highlights from the last week include ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, LONG-EARED OWL, SNOW BUNTING, PURPLE FINCH, YELLOW BREASTED CHAT, COMMON MERGANSER, YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.

The young male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD has continued in Cape May through at least Jan. 7th, visiting feeders in front of 1321-B Ohio Ave. and sometimes also at 1012 Cape May Ave. in Cape May. Watch from the street or the sidewalk at either house. A late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD that had been visiting feeders along Bayshore Rd. was last seen on Jan. 3rd.

COMMON GOLDENEYE were reported on the 10th and the 11th. One at Two Mile Landing on the Restaurant side and 220 off East Point in the Delaware Bay, also seen there was a 1st winter LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL.

A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was seen on Jan.11TH at the Cape May Point State Park. SNOW BUNTING are also being reported fairly regularly from the State Park as well.

A LONG EARED OWL was seen at the Cape May Point State Park on January 10th, along with AMERICAN WOODCOCK, SNOW BUNTINGS and PURPLE FINCH.

A WOOD DUCK was seen on Lily Lake on the 11th.

A 1st year BLACK HEADED GULL was sited on the 11th at the Pond at Champlain & Bay Drive in the Villas

A female COMMON MERGANSER was reported seen off Champlain Avenue in the Villas on January 12th.

The RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to be seen at the Schellenger Tract of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. This week a YELLOW BREASTED CHAT was also reported there. Head west from Rt. 47 at Green Creek on Norbury's Landing Rd. Go past the Green Creek Fire House and park on the roadside where a grassy track heads back to the right. There are National Wildlife Refuge boundary signs here. The woodpeckers were frequenting dead trees near the end of this path.

An adult GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on January 7th at Corbin City WMA. 3 ROUGH LEGGED HAWKS (1dark 2 light) were reported at Motts Creek on the 11th.

North on the New Jersey coast, a BOHEMIAN WAXWING has been frequenting Island Beach State Park and Barnegat Light has been loaded with interesting birds. For details call the state hotline at (732) 872-2595.

A pelagic targeting winter seabirds is scheduled for Sunday, March 7 out of Cape May, NJ. The cost is $90. Contact See Life Paulagics for more information at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

Please note that the "free bridge" connecting Nummy Island to south Stone Harbor is now closed until further notice at least until spring 2004 for construction. Nummy can still be accessed from North Wildwood Blvd. drive past the "road closed local traffic only" sign and over the bridge). Note also that the deer hunting season is underway in New Jersey use caution in areas where hunting is permitted!

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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