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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/5/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Thursday, January 5. The roster this week includes sightings of SNOWY OWL,

PURPLE FINCH, FORSTER'S TERN, HARLEQUIN DUCK, AMERICAN BITTERN, DICKCISSEL, CACKLING GOOSE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, HORNED LARK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SHORT-EARED OWL, REDHEAD, TUNDRA SWAN, TRUMPETER SWAN and SANDHILL CRANE.

Happy New Year to all out there. After a wonderful Holiday break it is time to resume weekly updates of the Cape May Birding Hotline.

The SNOWY OWL continues to be seen in the Wildwood Crest, Stone Harbor Point area. The most recent reports are of the bird being seen at Stone Harbor Point on 1/4/06 and then again on 1/5/06 around the Wildwood Crest fishing pier. Eight SNOW BUNTINGS were also seen from Stone Harbor Point on1/4/06. 5-6 PURPLE FINCHES were seen in the Cape May Point area on 1/2/06 as well as a FORSTERS TERN seen from the Second Ave. area. On 12/30/05 and 1/2/06 a HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen from the Cape May Harbor and then from the Coast Guard Base area. Eight HORNED LARKS continue at the Cape May County Airport. In the Poverty Beach area, on 1/4/06 a drake COMMON EIDER was seen as well, a young male and female COMMON EIDER were seen from the North Wildwood Jetty.

On 12/28 a BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen at CMBO's Northwood Center. As of 1/2/06 the Redhead continues to be seen on Lilly Lake and the AMERICAN BITTERN continues at "The Meadows." On 12/30 a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen in the Cape May Point area. The SANDHILL CRANE continues to be seen along Batts Lane in Cape May. Lastly, it has been reported that the swan residing on Davey's Lake since 12/30 is indeed a TRUMPETER SWAN though this bird can be very hit or miss.

Moving a bit up the bay shore there has been a DICKCISSEL coming to a feeder in the Villas since 12/28. On 12/31 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were reported from Jake's Landing as well as, SHORT-EARED OWL on New Year's Day. Also on 1/1/06 two CACKLING GEESE were found in the Bridgeton area on the Cumberland County CBC.

On the Atlantic side, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and TUNDRA SWAN were reported from Brigantine NWR.

CMBO's 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 Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursday evenings. 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 you'll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores). We hope you had a Happy Holiday season and Good Birding!

 
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