Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/2/2004
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 2nd. Highlights from the last week include BLACK GUILLEMOT, RAZORBILL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, PARASITIC JAEGER, LITTLE GULL, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, CAVE SWALLOW, SNOWY OWL, WESTERN KINGBIRD, COMMON REDPOLL, ROSS' GOOSE, and news of the migration.

A BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen at the Avalon Sea Watch on Nov. 23rd and one seen again on Nov. 29th. In neither instance did the bird stay in view for more than a few minutes. Four RAZORBILLS were seen here on the 27th, and one each on Nov. 29th and the 23rd. A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, two HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and four PARASITIC JAEGERS were at the Sea Watch on Nov. 23rd. A first winter LITTLE GULL was here on Dec. 2nd.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen in the back field at the Rea Farm on Dec. 2nd and along Stevens St. on Nov. 29th. CAVE SWALLOWS continue to be seen around Cape May, with one above the Hawk Watch on Dec. 2nd, 6 here on Nov. 29th, and 2 on the 27th. Four CAVE SWALLOWS were seen on Nov. 26th in Cumberland County in a vicinity of Berrytown and Robbinstown Rds.

A SNOWY OWL was reported from the north end of Brigantine on Nov. 30th. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was at Two Mile Landing on Nov. 25th. A COMMON REDPOLL visited a feeder near Reeds Beach on Nov. 26th.

A ROSS' GOOSE and an AMERICAN AVOCET were at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 26th, with the AVOCET and 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS seen on the 28th. SHORT-EARED OWLS were also seen this week at Jakes Landing, at Corbin City WMA, and at Tuckahoe WMA.

Four HARLEQUIN DUCKS, one COMMON EIDER, and three GREAT CORMORANTS were at Poverty Beach on Dec. 2nd, and 2 GREAT CORMORANTS were lounging on the Concrete Ship, Sunset Beach, on Nov. 28th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 2 CAVE SWALLOWS were highlights at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on Nov. 27th; the warbler was also seen Nov. 25th and 26th. One, maybe two NASHVILLE WARBLERS were at the Rea Farm Nov. 26th and 27th. Three BALTIMORE ORIOLES were seen along Seagrove Ave. on Nov. 27th, and an estimate of 10 was noted here on the 25th.

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 CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!


Donations are requested this week in response to the terrible oil spill in the Delaware River. People can help with the oil spill by donating materials to Tri State Bird Rescue in Newark, Delaware (http://www.tristatebird.org). They can always use monetary donations and right now they can use paper towels, Q-Tips, flat sheets, bath towels, Ensure (Vanilla only) and Pediolite (plain only). If people would like to drop off any of these items at the Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center, we will take it to Tri State.

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