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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/20/2011
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Thursday, January 20th, 2011. Highlights this week include sightings of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, LINCOLN'S SPARROW,GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, COMMON REDPOLL, REDHEAD

Five WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were observed at the Villas WMA on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011.

A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was located at the first parking area in the Cape May Point State Park on Saturday, January 15th, 2011, and was last reported on Sunday, January 16th, 2011.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found at the boardwalk on Mt. Vernon Ave. in West Cape May on Saturday, January 15th, 2011. It was found again at the same location on Thursday, January 20th, 2011, as were six COMMON REDPOLLS.

A female REDHEAD was originally found in the eastern portion of Lighthouse Pond in the Cape May Point State Park on Saturday, January 15th, 2011. It was located again on the west path of the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("Meadows") near the bridge on Sunday, January 16th, 2011.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

******CMBO WINTER HOURS are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open every day except Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30am to 4:30pm; closed Sundays and Mondays. ******

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discounts in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

 
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