Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/21/2000
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 21 include possible ROSS'S GULL, ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, LARK SPARROW other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A gull showing many, if not all, of the characteristics of ROSS'S GULL was seen at the Avalon Sea Watch on December 18. There have been no sightings since. It was a first winter bird with a strong carpal bar, small bill and head, and about the size of a Bonaparte's Gull.

The ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues at a feeder in the back yard of the residence immediately south of the entrance to Hidden Valley Ranch along Bayshore Road (NOT the WMA entrance, but the entrance to the ranch itself).

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen again in Cape May city in the vicinity of Congress & Park Streets. It was last seen on December 17.

There have been two LARK SPARROWS in Cape May County. One has been on the Cape May NWR property near Dias Creek on the west side of Route 47 (last reported on the 18th), and the other was along Sea Grove Avenue on Cape May Point (last reported on the 19th).

The COMMON EIDER continues at Stone Harbor Point, seen on December 17.

Other highlights this week included: AMERICAN TREE SPARROW at Sunray Beach on the 17th, INDIGO BUNTING near Norbury's Landing on the 17th, 391 HOODED MERGANSERS on a pond near Rio Grande on the 17th, PINE WARBLER at Green Creek on the 17th, LAUGHING GULL at the ferry terminal on the 17th, FORSTER'S TERN at the Fishing Creek outfall on the 17th, C. BLACK-HEADED GULL, LITTLE GULL, and three BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES at the Avalon Sea Watch on the 18th, RED-NECKED GREBE at the Avalon Sea Watch on the 19th, and an OSPREY and two TREE SWALLOWS over South Cape May on the 19th.

A note about the remaining Christmas counts - here are the dates, compilers, and their phone numbers: Belleplain, Thursday Dec. 28, Paul Kosten (861-5827); and Cumberland County, Sunday Dec. 31, Clay Sutton (465-3397).

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, 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. 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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING! *Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 142 Moore St., Princeton 08540.

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