Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/25/2001
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 25 include: NORTHERN SHRIKE, SNOWY OWL, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported from the Woodcock Lane section of the Cape May NWR on January 24. The bird was in the front part of the field to the left beyond the parking lot.

A SNOWY OWL was at Holgate on January 18. We have no further information or sightings.

A large raft of scaup is visible off of Sea Isle, and can be viewed from the Avalon Sea Watch. A handful of BLACK SCOTER and SURF SCOTER can also be seen, along with a number of LONG-TAILED DUCKS.

Other highlights this week included: WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and WINTER WREN at the Beanery, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW at Hidden Valley Ranch, A BALD EAGLE over Hidden Valley Ranch, and 200 GREATER SCAUP at Reed's Beach.

There will be a pelagic trip out of Cape May on Sunday, March 4 from 5:00 AM - 5:00 PM, aboard the Miss Chris, a 65-foot fishing boat. The cost is $65.00. Contact Paul Guris at 215-234-6805 or at email address sawwhet@voicenet.com

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, 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. 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! *Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 142 Moore St., Princeton 08540.

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