Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/17/1998
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 17 include reports of CAVE SWALLOW, BLACK-HEADED GULL, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

The BLACK-TAILED GULL has not been seen since December 10.

Two CAVE SWALLOWS were seen near the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on December 13 one of which struck a window on a residence along Sunset Boulevard. The bird flew off with no apparent harm.

Two BLACK-HEADED GULLS were seen at the Higbee Beach jetty on December 12 and one was at Wildwood Crest on the 11th.

Other highlights included: two PARASITIC JAEGERS and 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS around Cape May Point on December 10; BARN SWALLOW at the SCMM on the 11th; five WESTERN SANDPIPERS at the Coast Guard ponds on Ocean Drive on 12th; NASHVILLE WARBLER in the Cape May Point State Park on the 12th; BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the Beanery on the 12th; two BLACK SKIMMERS on the beach in Cape May on December 12; 350 TREE SWALLOWS over SCMM on the 16th, and BALTIMORE ORIOLES at the State Park and along Sea Grove Avenue on the 16th.

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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