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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/14/2005
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. Due to scheduling conflicts this weeks message was prepared on Wednesday, December 14. This weeks roster includes sightings of ICELAND GULL, late LAUGHING GULLS, HORNED LARKS, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, WHITE PELICAN, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, EURASIAN WIGEON, SNOWY OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and NORTHERN GOSHAWK.

It should be noted that the Avalon Seawatch, located at either 7th Street (if the construction crew is quiet that day) or on the beach or the jetty at 8th Street (if construction at 7th Street is disruptive that day) at the north end of Avalon, will continue through December 22.

Seven WHITE PELICANS were spotted from the Beanery (Reas Farm) on the morning of 12/11, flying in a north-easterly direction. Interestingly seven WHITE PELICANS were reported from Sandy Hook on that very same evening. Also in Cape May this week were a darkish first winter ICELAND GULL and three LAUGHING GULLS in the area of the second avenue jetty. On 12/ 11 there were about a dozen HORNED LARKS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR seen from the Cape May County Airport. The SANDHILL CRANE continues to bee seen on Cape Island. Also on 12/11 were two BALTIMORE ORIOLES in the Cape May State Park area, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Higbees and on 12/12 a drake EURASIAN WIGEON spotted on Bunker Pond at the State Park. A SNOWY OWL was reported from Ocean City at 23rd. and Beach, on 12/12. Today (12/14) at Higbees Beach were RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and an adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK.

Further up the bayshore were two SHORT-EARED OWLS at Jakes Landing on 12/10. There were two AMERICAN WOODCOCK spotted flying over the parking lot of CMBOs Center for Research and Education on 12/11. At Brigantine, on 12/13 there was a GOLDEN EAGLE and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May Point will be open every day until Dec. 24, with the exception of Dec 18, when we will be closed. At the start of 2006 we will resume a normal schedule of being open Thursday-Monday 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. Both Centers will be closed the week between Christmas and New Years, from December 24 - January 1.

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 typically made on Thursday evenings. 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 invited 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). Thanks for calling and good birding.

 
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