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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/16/1999
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 December 16 include reports of HARLEQUIN DUCK, NORTHERN SHRIKE, LITTLE GULL, RED CROSSBILL, CAVE SWALLOW, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

An adult male HARLEQUIN DUCK has been present at the jetty at 7th Street and the beach in Avalon. The bird occasionally moves to either of the jetties north or south of 7th Street. Also present there are two COMMON EIDERS, SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and a number of OLDSQUAW.

An adult NORTHERN SHRIKE continues to be seen sporadically at Hidden Valley Ranch, although it was reported only once this week, on December 12.

An adult LITTLE GULL was off 2nd Avenue jetty in Cape May on December 14, along with a PARASITIC JAEGER.

A dozen RED CROSSBILLS were fly-overs on Cape May Point on December 12, while 16 fed near the dunes between Alexander and Brainard Avenues on the Point on the 16th.

A CAVE SWALLOW flew in off the water at the Avalon Sea Watch on December 11.

Other highlights this week included: a ROYAL TERN on the beach by the Cape May Point State Park (CMPtSP) on December 10, two BLUE-WINGED TEAL on Lily Lake on the 10th, three PALM WARBLERS and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 11th, three AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS at Sunray Beach on the 12th, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 12th, two PALM WARBLERS in West Cape May on the 12th, seven LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, two SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and a SNOWY EGRET at the Coast Guard ponds on the 13th, 145 LAUGHING GULLS and seven FORSTERS TERNS off Cape May on the 14th, and on the 16th at CMPtSP were three ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, a NASHVILLE WARBLER, and two BALTIMORE ORIOLES.

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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