Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/24/2000
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 24 include RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues at a feeder near Hidden Valley Ranch, seen on November 24. 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). The RUFOUS/ALLEN'S in Linwood, Atlantic County has disappeared.

Other highlights this week included: BOBOLINK at Hidden Valley Ranch and the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 17th and 18th; ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW at the SCMM on the 18th; ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the Beanery on the 18th; BALTIMORE ORIOLE at Higbee Beach on the 18th; REDHEAD on Bunker Pond in the State Park on the 18th; six BLACK SKIMMERS at 2nd Avenue, Cape May on the 18th; NASHVILLE WARBLER at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 18th and 19th; ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Higbee Beach on the 19th; YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT along Sea Grove Avenue on the 19th; CANVASBACK on Bunker Pond until at least the 19th and 20th; and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER on Cape May Point on the 20th and 22nd.

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!

Vincent J. Elia
Research Associate
Cape May Bird Observatory
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, N. J., 08210

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