Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/2/1999
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 2 include reports of NORTHERN SHRIKE, SANDHILL CRANE, CAVE SWALLOW, SEDGE WREN, and news of CMBO.

An adult NORTHERN SHRIKE was found at Hidden Valley Ranch on November 27 and was present until the 29th, but no reports have been received since.

Two SANDHILL CRANES flew over Cape May Point and south over Delaware Bay on November 30.

Five CAVE SWALLOWS were fly-bys at the Hawk Watch on November 29. There were also two SEDGE WRENS in front of the Hawk Watch on the same day.

An influx of LONG-EARED OWLS was noted on December 1. At least five were along the north edge of the Cape May Point State Park near the exit road, two more were along the blue trail, and two along the yellow trail. A BARN OWL was perched along the State Park red trail on November 29. A SHORT-EARED OWL was on the beach at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on November 30, and five were at Jakes Landing on November 27.

Other highlights this week included several PARASITIC JAEGERS in the rips off Cape May Point on November 27; ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the State Park on November 27 and December 2; BALTIMORE ORIOLE at Hidden Valley Ranch on December 1; LINCOLNS SPARROW at the State Park on December 1; AMERICAN TREE SPARROW in West Cape May on December 1; two RED-NECKED GREBES at the Avalon Seawatch on December 1; and COMMON EIDER at the Avalon Seawatch on December 1 and 2.

On November 28, Sayres Neck in Cumberland County had three LAPLAND LONGSPURS, 25 SNOW BUNTINGS, 200 HORNED LARKS, and 700 AMERICAN PIPITS.

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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