Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/9/2003
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, January 9, 2003. Highlights from the last week include GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, RAZORBILL, DOVEKIE, LITTLE GULL, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and EURASIAN WIGEON.

Five GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue to be around West Cape May. They are now most often found on one of the back fields at the Rea Farm, but still sometimes frequent the fields along Stevens Street. Our most recent report is from Jan. 7th.

A LONG-BILLED CURLEW continues to be seen in the marshes behind North Wildwood. Our most recent report is from Jan. 5th. Best viewing is from the west end of 26th, 19th, 17th, and 14th Streets in North Wildwood. The bird is usually seen at lower tides.

Two RAZORBILLS and one DOVEKIE were seen offshore from Cape May Point on Jan. 5th, and a distant alcid identified as a probable RAZORBILL was seen here on Jan. 6th. Two RAZORBILLS and a LITTLE GULL were seen off the Point on Jan. 3rd. Also on the 3rd, 9 distant alcids, probably RAZORBILLS, were seen from the Avalon Seawatch site. Contact the statewide hotline at (732) 872-2595 for information about many other alcid sightings from the North Jersey coast.

Three KING EIDERS and two HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen on Jan. 6th near Absecon Inlet in Atlantic City, by the Showboat and Taj Mahal casinos.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Poverty Beach in Cape May on Jan. 5th.

One EURASIAN WIGEON was on Daveys Lake at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on Jan. 3rd.

A VESPER SPARROW was seen in the third field at Higbee on Jan. 8th. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found here on the 5th. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at Cape May Point State Park on Jan. 6th and at The Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (The Meadows) on Jan. 4th. A PURPLE FINCH (very scarce this winter) flew above birders at Higbee on Jan. 5th. At least one NORTHERN GOSHAWK is being seen repeatedly at several areas around Cape May, including Higbee and The Meadows. Dozens of RED KNOTS are wintering on the beaches of south Stone Harbor and at the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May NWR.

A pelagic trip from Belmar, NJ, is scheduled for Saturday, February 1. For more information call 215-234-6805 or e-mail info@paulagics.com.

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://cmbo.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 CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Mark S. Garland
Senior Naturalist
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
(609) 884-2736

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