Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/14/2000
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 December 14 include Allen's Hummingbird, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Snowy Owl, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

The ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues at a feeder in the back yard of the residence immediately south of the entrance to the ranch along Bayshore Road (NOT the WMA entrance, but the entrance to the ranch itself).

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was present in Cape May city on from December 8 through 10, but there have been no further reports.

A SNOWY OWL was at Forsythe NWR on December 10. We have no later reports. Another was in North Wildwood on the 10th.

Both POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen from the Cape May-Lewes ferry on December 9. Pomarine Jaeger was also seen off South Cape May on the 12th.

An ICELAND GULL was at the Avalon Seawatch on December 9 and 10.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK has been seen several times between South Cape May and the State Park.

Other highlights this week included: INDIGO BUNTING and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER near Cambridge & Lake Drives, Cape May Point on the 9th, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER near the Gingerbread Church on the Point on the 9th, BALTIMORE ORIOLE in the State Park on the 9th, CAPE MAY WARBLER at the Beanery on the 9th, LAUGHING GULL was at the ferry terminal on the 9th, WHITE-EYED VIREO was along Pittsburgh Ave. on the 10th, six SALTMARSH and five NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS at Two Mile Landing on the 11th, INDIGO BUNTING near Norbury's Landing on the 13th, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE at the Mosquito Commission on the 14th.

A note about upcoming Christmas counts - here are the dates, compilers, and their phone numbers: Cape May, Sunday Dec.17, Louise Zemaitis (898-9578); Belleplain, Thursday Dec. 28, Paul Kosten (861-5827); and Cumberland County, Sunday Dec. 31, Clay Sutton (465-3397).

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, 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. 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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Vincent J. Elia
Research Associate
Cape May Bird Observatory
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, N. J., 08210

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