Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/16/2003
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 Thursday, January 16, 2003. Highlights from the last week include GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, EURASIAN WIGEON and NASHVILLE WARBLER.

Five GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue to be around West Cape May. They were seen this week on Jan. 13th on Lily Lake.

A LONG-BILLED CURLEW continues to be seen in the marshes behind North Wildwood. Our most recent report is from Jan. 14th. Best viewing is from the west end of 26th, 19th, 17th, and 14th Streets in North Wildwood. The bird is usually seen at lower tides.

A EURASIAN WIGEON continues on Daveys Lake at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area, seen on Jan. 15th.

A NASHVILLE WARBLER was near the parking lot at Hidden Valley Ranch on January 14th.

Fifteen TREE SWALLOWS were at West Cape May on Jan. 10th. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at Hidden Valley Ranch on Jan. 11th. Two BALTIMORE ORIOLE were on Seagrove Ave. on Jan. 10th, and one was at Foster Lane in West Cape May on the 11th and 12th. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was at the Beanery on the 12th. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at Cape May Point State Park on Jan. 10th and at The Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (The Meadows) on the 12th. A dark morph Rough-legged Hawk was with four Short-eared Owls at Jakes Landing on Jan. 13th. Two SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were with 50+ RED KNOTS at the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May NWR on Jan. 14th.

A pelagic trip from Belmar, NJ, is scheduled for Saturday, February 1. For more information call 215-234-6805 or e-mail info@paulagics.com.

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://cmbo.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 CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org.* Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Vincent J. Elia
Research Associate
Cape May Bird Observatory
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, N. J., 08210

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