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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/5/2007
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 Friday January 5, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of EARED GREBE, SNOW BUNTING, COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER, SHORT-EARED OWL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, SEDGE WREN, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN BITTERN, BALTIMORE ORIOLE and REDHEAD

At least one EARED GREBE, seen from Toledo Ave., continues as of 1/4 at Lakes Bay near Atlantic City. From the intersection of Rte 9 and Rte 40/322, go east on Rtes 40/322 about a mile to Cordova Ave and turn right. Drive a short distance on Cordova to the bay: look for the birds here (DeLorme P. 71, G-16).

Three COMMON EIDER were seen from the St. Mary's jetty in Cape May Point on 1/4.

At the 8th Street jetty in Avalon the two KING EIDER continue as of yesterday 1/4. As well, an immature male KING EIDER was found in the 100th Street vicinity of Stone Harbor.

At least one flock of SNOW BUNTINGS continues in the Cape May area this week. At the Cape May Point State Park a group of about 20 were seen flying around on 12/31. On 1/4 a flock of approximately 15-20 birds were seen at Stone Harbor Point.

Also at Stone Harbor Point on 1/4, was a 3rd winter LESSER BLACK- BACKED GULL.

"At least" 20 GREAT CORMORANTS were seen flying past Stone Harbor Point at dusk on 1/4.

A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen in a yard at Cape May Point, yesterday 1/4.

The drake REDHEAD continues to be seen from Lilly Lake in Cape May Point, as of 1/4.

Moving up the Bay Shore; an AMERICAN BITTERN was seen flying over Reed's Beach on 1/3.

A SEDGE WREN was reported from the end of Jake's Landing Road on 12/28.

Lastly, the SHORT-EARED OWL show in the Bay Shore marshes is not to be missed. On 1/2 a minimum of 15 owls were seen from the end of Jake's Landing Road, though may were quite distant. On 1/3 two were seen from Reed's Beach and six were seen at Jake's Landing. Yesterday 1/4, five SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from the lookout platform at the end of Turkey Point Road.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Northwood Center will be CLOSED on 1/13 and 1/14.

CMBO's bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point, winter hours are Thursday-Monday 9:00-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 is Goshen, will be CLOSED until further notice.

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 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 $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).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

 
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