Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/26/2003
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, November 26, 2003. Highlights from the last week include ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, CAVE SWALLOW, MARBLED GODWIT, WESTERN KINGBIRD, ROSS'S GOOSE, and RED-NECKED GREBE.

The Selasphorus hummingbird in Cape May city was caught, banded, measured and released on Nov. 22 and it keyed out to be a young male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD. The bird was still present during on the morning of the 24th, but has not been seen since. A late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD still continued around Cape May.

The LONG-BILLED CURLEW was most recently reported on Nov. 24 at the west end of Nummy Island (near the toll bridge) at low tide. Nine MARBLED GODWITS were seen at the south end of Nummy on Nov. 23.

Our most recent report of CAVE SWALLOW was one or two birds seen from the Hawkwatch at Cape May Point State Park on Nov. 25.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was a fly-by at the Hawkwatch on Nov. 22.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was with the Canada Goose flock at Bayside Prison along old Route 47 on Nov. 23.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was on Davie's Lake, south of Higbee's Beach as recently as Nov. 25.

It continues to be a banner year at the Avalon Seawatch. Highlights from the last week include an amazing 43 COMMON EIDERS on Nov. 23 along with a KING EIDER and a RAZORBILL on the same day, and five BROWN PELICANS on Nov. 25.

Other noteworthy reports include: LINCOLN'S SPARROW along the Lower Twp rail road tracks on the 21st, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER on Canning House Lane on the 21st, ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW at the Hawkwatch on the 22nd, GLOSSY IBIS over the Hawkwatch on the 22nd, DICKCISSEL along the Lower Twp railroad tracks as recently as the 23rd, PIPING PLOVER at Stone Harbor Point on the 24th, and LAPLAND LONGSPUR and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at Cape May Point State Park on the 25th.

Please note that the "free bridge" connecting Nummy Island to south Stone Harbor is now closed until further notice at least until spring 2004 for construction. Nummy can still be accessed from North Wildwood Blvd. drive past the "road closed local traffic only" sign and over the bridge).

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://www.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 CMBO's 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
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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