Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/14/1999
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 January 14 include reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, ICELAND GULL, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

The TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point. It was reported on January 13. The road to East Point is accessed via a turn onto Glade Road from Route 47. The bird has been spending its time feeding on juniper berries along a stretch of road about 1.1 miles beyond Main Street. Also there on the 9th was PINE WARBLER.

An ICELAND GULL was at Cape May Harbor on January 8.

Other highlights included: 17 SNOW BUNTINGS and two GREAT CORMORANTS at Poverty Beach on January 8; an adult female NORTHERN GOSHAWK at the Beanery on the 10th; Yellow-breasted Chat at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 12th; RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at the Beanery on the 12th; ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET at Cape May Point State Park entrance lot on the 12th; and NASHVILLE WARBLER and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET along Sea Grove Avenue on the 13th.

On January 8, Cape May Harbor held 800 BRANT, 300 Bufflehead, 200 RUDDY DUCKS, 120 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 40 OLDSQUAW, a CANVASBACK, a LESSER SCAUP, and a COMMON LOON . Lily Lake held two BLUE-WINGED TEAL and a REDHEAD on the 13th. A COMMON MERGANSER was on Davey's Lake on the 13th.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, 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. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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