Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/1/2005
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, December 1. This weeks roster includes sightings of HARLEQUIN DUCK, SANDHILL CRANE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, SNOW BUNTING and other seasonal notes but first...

Regular callers of this hotline have no doubt noticed that time has passed and sightings on the hotline seemed not to. Please excuse the lapse. CMBO has been a bit short-staffed and the hotline was one of the victims. Regular, weekly updates resume now.

If you are still not ready to relinquish the fall, you should know that the Avalon Seawatch, located at either 7th Street (if the construction crew is quiet that day) or on the beach or the jetty at 8th Street (if construction at 7th Street is disruptive that day) at the north end of Avalon, will continue until December 22 and that large numbers of migrating seabirds are still being seen, most notably, numbers of RED-THROATED LOONS, the occasional RAZORBILL, and up to 25 COMMON EIDER (present on November 28). This seems to be a better than average year for GREAT CORMORANT with 7 individuals present on Poverty Beach (visible from the north end of Cape May) on November 27 along with one HARLEQUIN DUCK.

The SANDHILL CRANE which has been haunting Cape May these past few weeks was seen, most recently, at the Cape May Canal bridge on Nov. 30. An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER made a brief appearance at the Beanery, Nov. 29. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS are also present there. SNOW BUNTINGS have been seen at Two-mile Beach in Wildwood Crest and at the impoundments off Maple Street south of Dividing Creek in Cumberland County.

Good numbers of lingering species are still being found including BALTIMORE ORIOLES (as many as 8), BARN SWALLOWS (10 roosting on Congress Hall on Nov. 22), YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and DICKCISSEL.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May Point will be open Thursday through Monday, 9-4:30 (CLOSED: Tuesday and Wednesday). The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. Both Centers will be closed the week between Christmas and New Years, from December 24 - January 1.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made on Thursday evenings. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invited to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores). Thanks for calling and Good Birding!

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