Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/6/2005
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, January 6th. Highlights from the last week include PAINTED BUNTING, WESTERN KINGBIRD, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, GREAT CORMORANT, RED-NECKED GREBE, RAZORBILL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, DICKCISSEL, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, and news of lingering birds.

An adult male PAINTED BUNTING is frequenting feeders at 693 and 688 Weeks Landing Rd., just west of Rt. 626 in Erma. The feeders at both houses may be seen from the street. As the road is very narrow here, please park by the Vietnam Veterans of America building or near Cape May Electric, both close to Rt. 626, and walk the very short distance down the road to the houses.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen on Jan. 2nd along Rt. 610 about a mile NE of the Millville Airport in Cumberland Co.

A young male KING EIDER was seen off Sunset Beach on Jan. 5th, with the same bird (or another) reported from the Cold Spring Inlet on Jan. 3rd and 4th. Other birds reported Jan. 4th from Cold Spring Inlet, which is accessed from the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, include 5 COMMON EIDERS, 8 GREAT CORMORANTS, one RED-NECKED GREBE, and 4 RAZORBILLS. Four RAZORBILLS were also found here on Dec. 30th and Jan. 1st, four were near the Second Ave. jetty on Jan. 5th, and one at the Avalon Sea Watch on Jan. 1st. Five COMMON EIDERS were off Cape May Point on the 2nd. Three HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen east of Poverty Beach (amidst the pilings) on Dec. 30th and again on Jan. 4th.

Three AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were reported from Rt. 47 near Goshen on Dec. 30th, from Jakes Landing the 30th and the 31st. We also have a later report (date uncertain) of 2 in Cumberland Co. on Bridgeton-Greenwich Road (CR 607) in a pond one half mile from the end of the road in Greenwich.

A DICKCISSEL continues to sporadically visit feeders around 507 4th Ave. in West Cape May - please do not enter the property here, view from the street, with our most recent report from Jan. 4th.

A second winter GLAUCOUS GULL was seen from 40th St. in Avalon on Jan. 3rd. An ICELAND GULL was found at the Union Lake Boat Ramp in Cumberland Co. on Jan 2nd.

A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK continues to visit feeders on inaccessible properties in Goshen, our most recent report being Jan. 5th.

A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen along the trails in Cape May Point State Park on Jan. 1st and 2nd. A "GAMBEL'S" WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was at the Rea Farm on Dec. 31st, 8 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and 6 CHIPPING SPARROWS were at Hidden Valley on the 30th. In Cumberland Co., 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were found on Jan. 2nd, on east of Bridgeton and on in Dix WMA off Middle Marsh Lane.

The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's web site at http://www.njaudubon.org

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING

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