Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/13/2001
BIRDING HOTLINE FOR December 13, 2001

You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This recording was made on Thursday, December 13, 2001. Highlights from the last week include SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD, COMMON REDPOLL, SANDHILL CRANE, SNOWY OWL, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, GLAUCOUS GULL, RAZORBILL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

A young male SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD whose plumage is strongly suggestive of RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was found in Cape May Point on December 8 and is still present. The bird is frequenting a feeder at 404 Central Avenue. The feeder is easily seen from the street, to the left of the house.

Two COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at the same location on Central Avenue December 10th.

Seven SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying over Bridgeton on December 7, from near the treatment plant on the upper reaches of the Cohansey River.

Two SNOWY OWLS were seen on December 9 at the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, better known as Brigantine. The owls are usually seen in the east pool.

A fly-over WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was observed at Cape May Point on December 6th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Bivalve on December 10.

Two RAZORBILLS were seen from the Avalon Seawatch on December 9th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found on December 10th near Cape Island Creek, along the railroad tracks. This area is accessed from the end of Wilson St., off Seashore Rd. just north of the borough of West Cape May.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen along the yellow trail at Cape May Point State Park on Dec. 12, along with three BALTIMORE ORIOLES. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Corson's Inlet on December 11. Five BALTIMORE ORIOLES were found at the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge near Green Creek on December 12th, and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen the same day on the Refuge near Dias Creek. Another YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Cape May Point State Park on December 8th and another BALTIMORE ORIOLE at Reed's Beach on December 9th.

Three southern NJ Christmas Bird Counts are approaching, and there's always room for more birders: (1) Cape May CBC will be held Sunday, December 16 (contact Louise Zemaitis at 609-898-9578 to participate), (2) Belleplain CBC will be held Sunday, December 23 (contact Paul Kosten at 609-861-5827 to participate), (3) Cumberland County CBC will be held Sunday, December 30 (contact Clay Sutton at 609-465-3397 to participate).

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks that require no pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call 609-861-0700, go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org, or call our new natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466.

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 Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to mark@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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