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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/20/2005
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights from the last week include PAINTED BUNTING, RAZORBILL, and EURASIAN WIGEON.

An adult male PAINTED BUNTING has continued through at least Jan. 16th. It has been visiting feeders at 693 and 688 Weeks Landing Rd., just west of Rt. 626 in Erma, and also being seen sometimes at rest in nearby shrubs. The feeders at both houses may be seen from the street; please do not enter private property, bird only from the street. As the road is very narrow here, please park by the Vietnam Veterans of America building or near Cape May Electric, both close to Rt. 626, and walk the very short distance down the road to the houses.

RAZORBILLS continue to be a winter highlight along the south Jersey coast. They were seen this week from 2nd Avenue jetty and Poverty Beach in Cape May, from Higbee Beach and at Hereford Inlet.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the east pool at Forsythe NWR on the 16th.

A FORSTER'S TERN was still present on the 16th at Sunset Beach as were two TREE SWALLOWS at the South Cape May Meadows.

The ice cover must have contributed to the sighting of five VIRGINIA RAILS at the South Cape May Meadows on the 16th.

An EASTERN PHOEBE was at the Beanery on the 20th.

ANNOUNCEMENT: See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip on Sunday, March 6 out of Cape May for winter seabirds. The cost is $100. Call 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

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!

 
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