Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/2/2004
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 Friday, January 2. Highlights from the last week include ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, COMMON REDPOLL, KING EIDER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, OSPREY, and GOLDEN EAGLE.

The young male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD has continued in Cape May through at least Dec. 29th, visiting feeders in front of 1321-B Ohio Ave. and also at 1012 Cape May Ave. in Cape May. Watch from the street or the sidewalk at either house. A late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit feeders at houses along Bayshore Rd. through at least the 29th.

We have received no reports of the LONG-BILLED CURLEW during the last week, but we suspect that this bird continues to linger around Nummy Island and Stone Harbor Point. Be sure to report any sightings of this bird.

A number of COMMON REDPOLLS have been noted regionally since Dec. 28th: at least 15 were at the Schellenger Farm tract of the Cape May NWR on Dec. 31st (along with a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT); from 20 to 50 were seen by various birders near the Reeds Beach jetty on Dec. 29th through 31st; 16 were scattered at 3 locations on the Cumberland Christmas Bird Count on the 28th; and several observers in Cape May reported flyovers on the morning of the 28th.

Three KING EIDERS were off the Second St. beach in Strathmere on Dec. 28th.

Cape May Point State Park harbored 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 3 PALM WARBLERS on Dec. 31st.

A late OSPREY was found on Dec. 28th at the pond behind the Dividing Creek Fire Hall, Rt. 555 in Cumberland County.

SHORT-EARED OWLS continue to be seen from Jakes Landing on many evenings, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS are being seen here frequently. A GOLDEN EAGLE seems to have settled into winter territory in the vast marshes of Cumberland County, with reports from Dividing Creek on the 26th, at Turkey Point on the 28th, and at Beaver Dam Rd. on Jan. 1st.

PINE SISKINS have been scarce this winter, so a report of 2 at a feeder in Cape May Point on Dec. 29th is noteworthy.

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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