Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/22/2004
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 Thursday January 22nd. Highlights from the last week include Red-Headed Woodpecker, Glaucous Gull, White Pelicans, Short-Eared Owls, Rough-Legged Hawk, Virginia Rail, Orange Crowned Warbler, Canvasbacks and Rusty Blackbirds.

The RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to be seen at the Schellenger Tract of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. Reported are one adult and one immature. Head west from Rt. 47 at Green Creek on Norbury's Landing Rd. Go past the Green Creek Fire House and park on the roadside where a grassy track heads back to the right. There are National Wildlife Refuge boundary signs here. The woodpeckers were frequenting dead trees near the end of this path.

The young male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD that had been being seen in Cape May has not been reported since January 12th. Anyone finding the bird again please call our sightings hotline. The bird was being seen frequenting feeders on Ohio Avenue.

2 CANVASBACKS were reported off the Convent Jetty in Cape May Point on the 16th.


A VIRGINIA RAIL was seen at the Cape May Point State Park on January 17TH.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were reported at the Cape May Point State Park and The Meadows this week.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK(dark) was reported at Jake's Landing on the 17th.

3 WHITE PELICANS were seen on the 17th at Cape May Point coming across Delaware Bay, past the State Park and continuing north.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was reported at Shellpile-Ocean Drive before the Blue Claw Restaurant on the 16th, 17th and again on the 19th.

SHORT-EARED OWLS are seen hunting regularly at Jake's Landing.

North on the New Jersey coast, a BOHEMIAN WAXWING has been frequenting Island Beach State Park and Barnegat Light has been loaded with interesting birds. Another BOHEMIAN WAXWING was reported at Great Swamp on the 21st.

A pelagic targeting winter seabirds is scheduled for Sunday, March 7 out of Cape May, NJ. The cost is $90. Contact See Life Paulagics for more information at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

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 !

Scott J. Edwards, Sales Manager
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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