Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/14/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Thursday December 14, 2006. Highlights this week include sightings of ROSS' GOOSE, EARED GREBE, WESTERN TANAGER, REDHEAD, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, COMMON EIDER, COMMON MOORHEN, SNOW BUNTING, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, BALTIMORE ORIOLE and SHORT-EARED OWL.

As of yesterday, 12/13, two EARED GREBE continue to be seen this week at Lakes Bay near Atlantic City. From the intersection of Rte 9 and Rte 40/322, go east on Rtes 40/322 about a mile to Cordova Ave and turn right. Drive a short distance on Cordova to the bay: look for the birds here (DeLorme P. 71, G-16). Yesterday a ROSS' GOOSE was found near the intersection of Rt. 47 and Fulling Mill Road. The bird was in the company of one SNOW GOOSE. The birds were feeding on the "Fort Apache Recreation Area" property immediately west of Menz's Restaurant. As a word of caution, there is road construction going on in the area.

Also found yesterday was a WESTERN TANAGER, seen from the third field at Higbee's Beach. The tanager has been relocated today, 12/14, around 9:00 am, again "about half way down the third field."

A REDHEAD was seen on Lilly Lake yesterday, 12/13.

At the South Cape May Meadows the following species have been seen from 12/11-12/13: Eight LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, one COMMON MOORHEN, one AMERICAN BITTERN and 50 SNOW BUNTINGS.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen with about 30 SNOW BUNTINGS on 12/9 from the Cape May Point State Park.

One BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen at the Cape May Point State Park on 12/13.

On 12/11 three COMMON EIDER were seen from the 3rd Ave. jetty in Avalon.

Lastly, up along the Bay Shore; SHORT-EARED OWLS have been seen with some regularity from Jake's Landing Road. On 12/11 approximately six were seen in the area. Last night, 12/13, two were seen and heard hunting in the area.

CMBO's bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point will be open EVERY day through 12/23. Starting 1/4 the winter hours will be Thursday- Monday 9:00- 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 Year's.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. 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 invite you 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 you'll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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