Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/2/2000
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 2 include WOOD STORK, POMARINE JAEGER, COMMON EIDER, SEDGE WREN, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A WOOD STORK was seen at the Avalon Sea Watch on October 30. The bird was in the area for about half an hour, but was not relocated thereafter.

A very cooperative POMARINE JAEGER was seen repeatedly along the Cape May and Cape May Point beach fronts on October 27 and 28.

Two COMMON EIDERS have been in the area of stone Harbor Point and were reported on October 27.

SEDGE WRENS were located at the Beanery on October 30 and at Turkey Point, Cumberland County on November 1.

A western-type junco was found on Cape May Point on November 1. It has not been decided whether it was an Oregon Junco, a Pink-sided Junco or, more likely, something in between.

A sub-adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen east of the SCMM on October 30, and what may have been the same bird was seen between there and the Cape May Point State Park on November 1 and 2.

Other highlights this week included: YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO on Cape May Point on October 27, 2nd year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the ferry terminal on October 29, a very late BAIRD'S SANDPIPER at Brig on the 29th, BLUE-HEADED VIREO at the Beanery on the 29th,a CLIFF SWALLOW and three BARN SWALLOWS at the State Park on the 29th, SHORT-EARED OWL and three PECTORAL SANDPIPERS from the Hawk Watch on October 30, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Stone Harbor Point on the 30th, NASHVILLE WARBLER at West Cape May on the 31st, ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW at the State Park on the 31st, MARBLED GODWIT at Stone Harbor Point on the 31st, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and BALTIMORE ORIOLE at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 1st, adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the ferry terminal on the 1st, and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and GREEN HERON at the Beanery on the 1st.

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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