Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/11/2003
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, December 11, 2003. Highlights from the last week include ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, RAZORBILL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, GLAUCOUS GULL, SHORT-EARED OWL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

The young male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD has been reported most recently on December 7th at the feeder in front of 1321-B Ohio Ave. in Cape May. The feeder can be easily seen from the sidewalk in front of the house.

A RAZORBILL, a juvenile BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, a late LAUGHING GULL, and 130 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen offshore from Cape May Point on Dec. 11th.

A first winter GLAUCOUS GULL was seen roosting in Townsend's Inlet from the Avalon Seawatch on Dec. 7th and 8th. An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at the ferry landing in North Cape May on Dec. 5th. A first winter BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was at the Seawatch on the 5th.

SHORT-EARED OWLS are being seen almost every evening from the end of Jakes Landing Rd., where a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Dec. 7th. Both of these marsh-loving species are also being seen at the Corbin City Wildlife Management Area. NORTHERN GOSHAWKS were reported from Seagrove Ave. Dec. 10th and from Hidden Valley Dec. 8th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW has been seen at the third field at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area through at least Dec. 7th. Two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at Cape May Point State Park on Dec. 4th.

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). Note also that the deer hunting season is underway in New Jersey use caution in areas where hunting is permitted!

The first of South Jersey's 3 Christmas Bird Counts is this Sunday. When leaving a phone message with count organizers be sure to also leave your e-mail address. The Cape May CBC will be held Sunday, December 14; contact Louise Zemaitis at 609-898-9578. The Belleplain CBC happens on Sunday, December 21; contact Paul Kosten at 609-861-5827. Cumberland County's CBC is set for Sunday, December 28; contact Clay & Pat Sutton at 609-465-3397 or pcsutton@bellatlantic.net.

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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