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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/3/2008
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Thursday January 3, 2008. Highlights this week include sightings of ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN PHOEBE, COMMON EIDER, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, HOUSE WREN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, SNOW BUNTING, BARNACLE GOOSE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, RED CROSSBILL, CANVASBACK, COMMON GOLDEN EYE, EVENING GROSBEAK, LITTLE BLUE HERON and REDHEAD

For more up to the minute Cape May sightings information check the "View from the Cape" section of http://www.BirdCapeMay.org

A drake REDHEAD continues, as of 1/1, to be seen on the little pond in front of the abandoned buildings at the Villas WMA.

The previously reported ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER in West Cape May was re-found today 1/3. The bird was located in the area of abandoned farm vehicles at the Beanery.

At least two EASTERN PHOEBES made appearances on 1/1. One bird was located on the back side of the Cape May Point State Park. The other was found at the Beanery.

The BARNACLE GOOSE continues this week in Cape May. The bird was last reported in the Hidden Valley vicinity.

The flock of 5-6 COMMON EIDER which have been frequently seen off Cape May Point, continue as of 1/1.

At least two BALTIMORE ORIOLES were seen in Cape May on 1/1. One bird was seen at the back side of the Cape May Point State Park while one was associating with a flock of European Starlings on Sunset Blvd.

At least three separate HOUSE WRENS were observed in the last week. Birds were found at TNC's Cape Island Preserve, the second tower field at Higbee Beach WMA on 1/1. On 1/2 a third individual was seen along Steven's Street in West Cape May.

The four wintering RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to be seen at the Villas WMA as of 1/1.

On 12/30 at least 30 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Stone Harbor Point. On 12/31 the flock of SNOW BUNTINGS frequenting the dunes between the Cape May Point State Park and TNC's CMMBR were joined by one LAPLAND LONGSPUR. An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was mixed in with Herring and Great Black-Backed Gulls on 1/1. The bird was located on the dune near the west dune crossover at TNC's CMMBR.

Upwards of 22 RED CROSSBILLS have been frequenting some conifers at the end of Whildin Ave in Cape May Point. The last sighting reported as of the time of compilation was on 1/2.

A BROAD-WINGED HAWK, originally located and photographed on 12/22, was seen again on 12/28 over Cape May Point.

Three EVENING GROSBEAKS flew over the Cape May Point State Park on 1/1.

The hen CANVASBACK continues in Cape May this week. The bird was seen by several observers on 1/1. This bird is being seen between Lighthouse Pond at the state park and Lake Lily.

A female COMMON GOLDENEYE has been observed at TNC's CMMBR since at least 1/1. The bird was being seen approximately 75 yards off the east trail about mid way between Sunset Blvd. and the dunes.

Seen both 1/1 and today, 1/3, two imm. LITTLE BLUE HERONS have been observed along Ocean Drive between Cape May and Wildwood Crest.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

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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 AtlanticCounties. 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 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 discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

 
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