Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/1/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Friday December 1, 2006. Highlights this week include sightings of COMMON EIDER, AMERICAN TREE-SPARROW, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, VESPER SPARROW, CHIMNEY SWIFT, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, CAVE SWALLOW, ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and EARED GREBE.

We apologize for the unavoidable the lapse in hotline coverage the last few weeks and hope that this has not caused anyone any inconvenience. This hotline will cover sightings starting with 11/20/06 to present.

A more routine hotline schedule begins now. This ones for you Barbra!

Two EARED GREBES continued this week at Lakes Bay near Atlantic City, seen as recently as 11/27. From the intersection of Rte 9 and Rte 40/322, go east on Rtes 40/322 about a mile to Cordova Ave and turn right. Drive a short distance on Cordova to the bay: look for the birds here (DeLorme P. 71, G-16).

Four COMMON EIDER continue to be seen from Cape May Point, today 12/1. Six is the maximum seen from Cape May Point from 11/22-11/28.

There have been three sightings of AMERICAN TREE-SPARROWS in the Cape May vicinity. One bird was found on 11/20 in West Cape May. Another bird was seen at Hidden Valley on 11/26. Also a sighting of one bird in the Cape Island Creek Preserve area on 11/30.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES have been found in Cape May City on 11/20 and again one in West Cape May on 11/25.

As of 11/29 a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER continues to be seen, along with LEAST SANDPIPERS and LESSER YELLOWLEGS at the West Cape May impoundments.

A VESPER SPARROW was seen in the Green Creek area on 11/29.

On 11/20, a CHIMNEY SWIFT was seen flying over Cape May City.

One BLACKPOLL WARBLER was found in North Cape May on 11/25.

The last dates for CAVE SWALLOW sightings was 11/21 and 11/23 with 6 and 2 being seen respectively.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were reported from the Cape May Point area on 11/23 and 11/24. A bird was seen from Seagrove Ave on the 23rd and one from the Cape May Point State Park on the 24th.

Lastly, on 11/20, 10 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS flew over the Cape May Point State Park.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point will be open Friday- Tuesday, 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week 9-4:30.

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 weekly. 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 invite you 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).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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