Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/20/2000
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 20 include reports of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, COMMON EIDER, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A quick note: Forsythe NWR (Brig) will we closed on Tuesdays for goose hunting Through February 15.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE found on the Cumberland Christmas Count on January 2 was still present on January 17. 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.

An adult male HARLEQUIN DUCK continues at Avalon at 7th St. and the beach. Also present are two immature male and one female COMMON EIDERS.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Hidden valley Ranch on January 15.

Six RED CROSSBILLS were fly-overs at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 15th.

An EASTERN PHOEBE has been frequenting the area around CMBOs Goshen Center, last seen on January 19. A GOLDEN EAGLE was a fly-by at Center on the 19th.

Other highlights include: a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, eight GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and 30 LESSER YELLOWLEGS at Turkey Point; a COMMON REDPOLL in a yard along Sunset Blvd. on the 17th; and five AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and a SHORT-EARED OWL in the South Cape May Meadows on the 18th.

At least five SHORT-EARED OWLS continue at Jake;s Landing. On January 14, observers in the Leed;s Point -Motts Creek area had seven ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, four BALD EAGLES, a GOLDEN EAGLE, and a PEREGRINE FALCON.

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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