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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/20/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Friday, January 20. The roster this week includes sightings of SNOWY OWL, IPSWICH SPARROW, SNOW BUNTINGS, PALM WARBLERS, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, WILSONS SNIPE, DICKCISSEL, ORANGE- CROWNED WARBLER, REDHEAD, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, SHORT-EARED OWL, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN KESTREL, OVENBIRD AND RED-NECKED GREBE .

The SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Stone Harbor Point as of 1/12, along with SNOW BUNTINGS and IPSWICH SAVANNAH SPARROWS.

PALM WARBLERS are consistently being reported in Cape May this week. These birds are being seen from locations as various as 2nd Ave. and Higbees Beach. Also an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported from Higbees on 1/17.

On 1/12 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS (2 male and 1 female) were seen from a yard on Bayshore Rd in West Cape May. A WILSONS SNIPE was flushed on 1/19 along a trail in The Beanery. The DICKCISSEL continues to be seen at a private feeder in the Villas. As well, the female REDHEAD continues to be seen on Lilly Lake and the SANDHILL CRANE also continues to be at Batts Lane in West Cape May. On 1/16 a LESSER BLACK-BACK GULL was spotted along the toll bridge on Ocean Drive.

SHORT-EARED OWLS have been frequently reported from Jakes Landing and one report from Brigantine. Also up the Bayshore, an AMERICAN KESTREL is being seen in the vicinity of CMBOs Center for Research and Education.

Also along Jakes Landing Rd. an OVENBIRD was reported on 1/15, apparently photographs were taken. The bird was seen at approximately 9:50 am, about 100 yards from Rte. 47 feeding along the road.

On 1/19 a report of SURF and BLACK SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED- THROATED LOON (calling), PURPLE SANDPIPER from the 8th street jetty in Avalon and a RED-NECKED GREBE seen from the 80th street jetty/ municipal parking lot in Avalon/Stone Harbor.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May Point, as promised, has returned to a standard routine of being open Thursday-Monday 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursday evenings. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invited to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores). Good luck and Good Birding!

 
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