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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/21/2004
(Happy Winter Solstice). Highlights from the last week include RAZORBILL, PARASITIC JAEGER, LARK SPARROW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, CAVE SWALLOW, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, DICKCISSEL, and news of lingering birds.

The preliminary tally from the Cape May Christmas Bird Count, which was held on Dec. 19th, stands at 158 species with 7 additional species noted for Count week.

RAZORBILLS have been a major highlight at the Avalon Sea Watch recently, with 19 tallied on Dec. 17th and 33 counted in the five-day period Dec. 9 through 13 (and others seen heading north and thus not added to this official tally). Single PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen here on the 10th and on the 13th.

A LARK SPARROW was found at the Rea Farm (near the beehives) on Dec. 16th and seen again on Dec. 17th, but not subsequently.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER has continued in Cape May through at least Dec. 19th, when it was seen at the Rea Farm.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was discovered on Dec. 19th at the Woodcock Lane section of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.

A first winter BLACK-HEADED GULL was at Poverty Beach on Dec. 12th, and a young GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Two Mile Beach near the Cold Spring Inlet on Dec. 14th.

A single CAVE SWALLOW was found at the Rea Farm on Dec. 12th.

A young male KING EIDER has continued at the Cold Spring Inlet through at least Dec. 19th. Access the inlet from the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge walk down the beach to the inlet. A COMMON EIDER was by the 106th St. jetty in Stone Harbor on Dec. 14th. Three HARLEQUIN DUCKS were at Poverty Beach on Dec. 19th, and a BLACK SKIMMER was here on the 17th.

Two MARBLED GODWITS, four WESTERN WILLETS, 67 RED KNOTS, three SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 28 SNOW BUNTINGS, and six IPSWICH SAVANNAH SPARROWS were at Stone Harbor Point on Dec. 19th.

A DICKCISSEL was along Fourth Ave. in West Cape May on Dec. 16th. An INDIGO BUNTING was at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area through at least Dec. 19th. A WILSONS WARBLER and a WHITE-EYED VIREO were at the Cape May NWR on Dec. 19th. Two NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, two YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS, and two PALM WARBLERS were found in or immediately adjacent to Cape May Point State Park on Dec. 19th. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was at Higbee on the 17th. Two BALTIMORE ORIOLES were behind the Cape Island Garden Center on Broadway in West Cape May on Dec. 19th. A SEDGE WREN was at Goshen Landing on the 19th.

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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory's Northwood Center in Cape May Point and Rancocas Nature Center in Mount Holly continue to accept in-kind donations for Tri State Bird Rescue. There is need for newspapers, flat bed sheets, bath towels, and "soft sided" (not wooden slatted) playpens. Currently, they have an ample supply of paper towels, Ensure and Pedialyte. Donated items can be dropped off at either center during regular hours. Please note that the Cape May Bird Observatory's Northwood Center will be closed for the holidays on December 24 through January 1. The Center will reopen on Sunday, January 2. Donations will be accepted until further notice. You can also make donations of money or materials directly to Tri State Bird Rescue, 110 Possum Hollow Road, Newark DE 19711 (302-737-9543). More information about the spill: http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/action.html; http://www.tristatebird.org/; http://www.courierpostonline.com/specialreports/spill1104

 
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