Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/6/2000
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 6 include reports of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, LITTLE GULL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, COMMON EIDER, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was found on the Cumberland Christmas Count on January 2 along the upper end of Bay Point Road in Lawrence Township, Cumberland County. Bay Point Road runs to the northwest from Nantuxent WMA.

An adult LITTLE GULL was present with about 300 BONAPARTES GULLS at the out fall of Fishing Creek on January 4. Also present at that location were 26 FORSTERS TERNS.

A male HARLEQUIN DUCK continues to be seen at 7th Street and the beach in Avalon. Two COMMON EIDERS are also present there. A COMMON EIDER was also seen at Stone Harbor Point on January 1.

Other highlights this week included: a GREEN HERON in a pond along Reeds Beach Road on the 4th, BALTIMORE ORIOLE along Sea Grove Avenue on the 3rd, and seven RED CROSSBILLS near the lighthouse at Cape May Point on the 6th. On the 3rd, Stone Harbor Point had 16 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, five MARBLED GODWITS, and three WILLETS.

An incredible sighting was that of a Monarch butterfly at Cape May on January 3.

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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