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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/17/2010
or email sightings AT birdcapemay.org Coverage: Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic Counties , NJ Compiler: David Lord, Cape May Bird Observatory URL: http://www.njaudubon.org ; http://www.birdcapemay.org

This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Friday, December 17, 2010. Highlights this week include sightings of ROSS'S GOOSE, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, LITTLE GULL, RED-NECKED GREBE, EURASIAN WIGEON, RAZORBILL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, DICKCISSEL.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was found at the Bayside State Prison on Route 47 on Saturday December 11th, 2010, and was last reported there on Sunday, December 12th, 2010. If you try for this bird, scope from the North end of New Road and DO NOT stop on Rt. 47 in front of the prison.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE has been frequenting the feeders at CMBO'S Northwood Center in Cape May Point. It was seen there on Sunday, December 12th, and was last reported on Monday, December 13th, 2010.

The Avalon Seawatch has had a couple of reports of an adult type LITTLE GULL: one on Friday, December 10th, 2010, and one on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010. A RED-NECKED GREBE was sitting in the water at the Seawatch also on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010.

A female type EURASIAN WIGEON was seen briefly at Lighthouse Pond East in Cape May Point State Park on Saturday, December 11th, 2010.

A RAZORBILL was seen sitting on the water at the Avalon Seawatch on Thursday, December 16th, 2010.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was observed with a small group of Horned Larks at the Cape May County Airport on Saturday, December 11th, 2010.

A DICKCISSEL was seen at a private feeder in West Cape May on Sunday, December 12th, 2010.

For up-to-the-minute Cape May sightings information, photos and downloadable birding maps and checklist of Cape May, visit http://www.birdcapemay.org . Follow rarity sightings, many spring arrivals, and spectacles on http://www.twitter.com/CMBObirds

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

******CMBO FALL HOURS are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30am to 4:30pm; closed Sundays and Mondays. ******

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 $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discounts in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

 
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