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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/7/1999
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 7th include reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

The TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point. It was reported on January 6th. The road to East Point is accessed via a turn onto Glade Road from Route 47. The bird has been spending its time feeding on juniper berries along a stretch of road about 1.1 miles beyond Main Street. Also seen there this week were PINE WARBLERS and BALTIMORE ORIOLES.

On January 6th, a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on the north side of the Cape May Canal by observers standing on the south side of the canal at the end of Bayshore Road near the SPCA.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen in Cape May City on January 2nd.

A female EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on Lily Lake on January 3rd, although the Lake is now almost completely ice-covered.

Other highlights included: ICELAND GULL and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL along Ocean Drive on January 1st, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT in the Cape May Point State Park on the 1st and 2nd, LAUGHING GULL on the beach in Cape May on January 2nd, two BLUE-WINGED TEAL on Lily Lake on the 3rd, and 100 TREE SWALLOWS over the South Cape May Meadows on the 3rd.

On January 5th the Beanery held three NASHVILLE WARBLERS, two EASTERN PHOEBES, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. Earlier in the week two Orange-crowneds and a CHAT were seen.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks requiring no pre-registration and many special field trips and programs that do. You can see a complete listing of our events and activities on our Calendar page.

Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature and book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographers, and carvers. Each Center is open daily 10-5.

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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736, or E-mail your report to cmbo@njaudubon.org, or fax your report to (609) 884-6052. Thanks for visiting and GOOD BIRDING!

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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory see the links below, or call our office at (609) 884-2736, or send a request for information to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you are in the area, do not hesitate to visit the birding bookstore and information center at 701 E. Lake Drive, Cape May Point. We're open daily, 10-5. Or visit the new Center for Research and Education, which also houses a complete store with books, optics, feeders, houses, and more, at 600 Route 47, Cape May Court House, New Jersey, (609) 861-0700, open daily, 10-5.

 
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