Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/27/2000
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 27 include reports of HARLEQUIN DUCK, COMMON EIDER, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A quick note: Forsythe NWR (Brig) will we closed on Tuesdays for goose hunting through February 15.

An adult male HARLEQUIN DUCK continues at Avalon at 7th St. and the beach. Also present are two immature male and one female COMMON EIDERS.

The snow, ice, and frigid temperatures have had a profound effect on both birds and birders. Few birds were reported this week, and most reports centered around the large numbers of AMERICAN WOODCOCK that are being seen along the roadsides of Cape Island. The woodcock are being forced out of their frozen woodland habitats to feed on the sunny edges at the side of the road. A count of 210 Woodcock was made on January 26 in the Cape May area.

A few other highlights include: seven HORNED GREBES at Avalon on January 22, PALM WARBLER at Sunset Beach on the 22nd, female COMMON MERGANSER on Bunker Pond on the 24th, SHORT-EARED OWL at SCMM on the 27th, and REDHEAD and CANVASBACK on Lily Lake on the 28th. A PINE WARBLER has been coming to a feeder in Rio Grande for the last month.

Several SHORT-EARED OWLS continue at Jakes Landing, and a light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was there on January 22.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, 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. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Goshen Center also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers.

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!

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