Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/9/2000
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 9 include CAVE SWALLOW, WESTERN KINGBIRD, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

At least three, and possibly as many as five, CAVE SWALLOWS were seen on November 6. The birds were first spotted at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) and later flew past the Hawk Watch in the State Park.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was found at Hidden Valley Ranch on November 7, and seen again on the 9th.

Amazing was the report of a LEAST TERN at Heislerville impoundment on November 9. The latest recorded Least Tern in southern New Jersey is from late September.

Other highlights this week included: LINCOLN'S SPARROW at West Cape May on the 3rd, CATTLE EGRET and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER along Bayshore Rd. north of the Beanery on the 4th, BOBOLINK at New England and Bayshore Roads on the 4th, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER at Lily Lake on the 4th, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in Green Creek on the 4th, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER along Ocean Drive on the 5th, six COMMON TERNS and four GREAT CORMORANTS along Two Mile Beach on the 5th, SHORT-EARED OWL at the SCMM on the 6th, AMERICAN REDSTART at the Beanery on the 6th, WHITE-EYED VIREO at Higbee Beach on the 6th, BALTIMORE ORIOLE at the entrance to the State Park on the 7th, 40+ SNOW BUNTINGS over the Hawk Watch on the 7th, VESPER SPARROW at the Beanery on the 8th, and two "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROWS at Stone Harbor Point on the 8th.

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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