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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/16/2000
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 November 16 include "Selasphorus" (Rufous/Allen's) Hummingbird, SNOWY OWL, WOOD STORK, ROSS'S GOOSE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

There was a rash of hummingbird sightings this week. The most recent was of a Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird coming to a feeder near Hidden Valley Ranch on November 16 (an immature male or adult female). The feeder is in the back yard of the residence immediately south of the entrance to the ranch along Bayshore Road (NOT the WMA entrance, but the entrance to the ranch itself). Another Rufous/Allen's was at a feeder in Linwood, Atlantic County from the 11th until at least the 15th. The third was a hummingbird coming to some purple Salvia here at the Goshen Center. It was found on the 11th and was present until the 15th. It was not seen on the 16th. There is some discussion about its identity. It has several features suggesting Calliope Hummingbird, but it appears to have a couple of orange-red throat feathers that would suggest Rufous/Allen's. The frost overnight on the 15th killed most of the Salvia flowers, so a repeat sighting here is not likely.

A SNOWY OWL was found at Strathmere on November 10 and was seen again on the 11th. What was likely the same bird appeared on an Osprey platform on Nummy Island (along Ocean Drive between the toll bridge and the free bridge). On the 13th.

A WOOD STORK was at Bivalve, Cumberland County on November 13th and 14th. Although we have no more recent reports, it may well still be present in the area.

ROSS'S GEESE were seen at Brigantine NWR on November 13 and 14.

The WESTERN KINGBIRD found at Hidden Valley Ranch on November 7 was last reported on the 12th.

Other highlights this week included: NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and WHITE-EYED VIREO at Higbee Beach on the 10th, ICELAND GULL over the Hawk Watch on the 11th, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the Beanery on the 12th, GLOSSY IBIS and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Hidden Valley on the 13th, two VESPER SPARROWS and 100+ AMERICAN PIPITS at New England & Bayshore Rds. On the 13th, NASHVILLE WARBLER at the Beanery on the 15th, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the Schellenger Tract of the Cape May NWR on the 16th, and COMMON EIDER at Stone Harbor Point on the 16th..

A note about upcoming Christmas counts - here are the dates, compilers, and their phone numbers: Cape May, Sunday Dec.17, Louise Zemaitis (898-9578); Belleplain, Thursday Dec. 28, Paul Kosten (861-5827); and Cumberland County, Sunday Dec. 31, Clay Sutton (465-3397).

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, 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. 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!

*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 142 Moore St., Princeton 08540.

 
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