Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/27/2006
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 27. The roster this week includes sightings of DICKCISSEL, FORESTERS TERN, REDHEAD, SNOWY OWL, RED- NECKED GREBE, CANVASBACK, SHORT-EARED OWL, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, TUNDRA SWAN, SEDGE WREN, OSPREY, SANDHILL CRANE, HARLEQUIN DUCK and LONG- TAILED DUCK

In Cape May this week, the hen REDHEAD continues on Lilly Lake. Also in the area a DICKCISSEL was found on 1/24 at the north end of East Lake Drive. The bird was seen in the company of HOUSE SPARROWS in the Phragmities. As well, the SANDHILL CRANE was spotted again on 1/26, this time the bird was seen in the cemetery on Shunpike. One FORESTERS TERN was spotted on 1/22 from Second Ave. in Cape May.

2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES were seen in Erma Park (just south of Rio Grande) at the corner of Carol Ave. and Oak Ln. on a fruit feeder.

The RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on 1/22 and 1/27 from 80th St. in Stone Harbor/Avalon on the bay side. It was suggested that one might have better views from around 83rd St.

In Avalon, at the 8th St. jetty a female HARLEQUIN DUCK, many LONG- TAILED DUCKS and PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen on 1/22.

A SNOWY OWL was reported in Atlantic City on 1/23 in the Venice Park Section at the intersection of Missouri and Riverside. This is possibly the same owl that has been frequenting Stone Harbor and Wildwood Crest. There have been no reports of the owl from the Stone Harbor area since 1/19.

Moving across the peninsula, 27 TUNDRA SWANS were reported on 1/24 from Tuckahoe WMA. Also in Tuckahoe a calling SEDGE WREN was heard.

SHORT-EARED OWLS are still being reported from Jakes Landing Rd. this week. On 1/21 3 OSPREY were seen at Jakes Landing. In the Heislerville area was 5 CNAVASBACK also 12 COMMON GOLDENEYE at Rt. 553 and 555 in Dividing Creek.

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 made weekly. 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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