Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/16/2004
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, December 16th. Highlights from the last week include RAZORBILL, PARASITIC JAEGER, LARK SPARROW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, CAVE SWALLOW, EARED GREBE, COMMON EIDER, DICKCISSEL, and news of lingering birds.

RAZORBILLS have been a major highlight at the Avalon Sea Watch this week, with 33 counted in the five-day period Dec. 9 through 13 (and others seen heading north and thus not added to this official tally). The high count was of 13 RAZORBILLS tallied on Dec. 12th. Single PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen here on the 10th and on the 13th.

A LARK SPARROW was found at the Rea Farm (near the beehives) on Dec. 16th.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER has continued in Cape May through at least Dec. 14th, when it was seen in the Rea Farm fields closest to Stevens St. in West Cape May.

A first winter BLACK-HEADED GULL was at Poverty Beach on Dec. 12th, and a young GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Two Mile Beach near the Cold Spring Inlet on Dec. 14th.

A single CAVE SWALLOW was found at the Rea Farm on Dec. 12th.

An EARED GREBE continued at Lakes Bay near Atlantic City through at least Dec. 12th, a site where two had been seen previously. From Rt. 40/322, take Cordoba south to its end at the bay.

A COMMON EIDER was by the 106th St. jetty in Stone Harbor on Dec. 14th.

A DICKCISSEL was along Fourth Ave. in West Cape May on Dec. 16th. An INDIGO BUNTING was in the first field at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on the 13th, and in the second field on the 15th. Two AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were at Hidden Valley on Dec. 12th, and one was at Dias Creek on the 14th. A VESPER SPARROW and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK were seen at the Rea Farm on Dec. 9th.

A light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen from Moores Beach Rd. in Cumberland County on Dec. 14th. Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAKWS and two GOLDEN EAGLES were reported from the Corbin City Wildlife Management Area on Dec. 13th.

The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's web site at http://www.njaudubon.org

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!


New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and Rancocas Nature Center are accepting donations for Tri State Bird Rescue to help their rehabilitation efforts of oiled birds in response to the worst oil spill to hit the Delaware River since 1995. Species affected include waterfowl, herons, and gulls. Many more birds in need of rehabilitation are anticipated in the days and weeks ahead. You can help in the care of these birds by donating the following items: paper towels, cotton swabs (Q-tips), flat bed sheets, bath towels, Ensure (plain vanilla only) and Pedialyte (plain only). Donated items can be dropped off at either center during regular hours. See our website for more details: http://www.njaudubon.org

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