Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/22/2006
You have reached 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 22, 2006. Highlights this week include sightings of EARED GREBE, ROSS'S GOOSE, SNOW BUNTING, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, KING EIDER, SHORT-EARED OWL, BROWN PELICAN, NASHVILLE WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, SEDGE WREN and VESPER SPARROW.

The two EARED GREBES continue as of 12/16 at Lakes Bay near Atlantic City. From the intersection of Rte 9 and Rte 40/322, go east on Rtes 40/322 about a mile to Cordova Ave and turn right. Drive a short distance on Cordova to the bay: look for the birds here (DeLorme P. 71, G-16).

The ROSS'S GOOSE continues to be seen at the Fort Apache Recreation Area near the intersection of Fulling Mill Road and Rt. 47. The bird is still in the company of one SNOW GOOSE. The goose was last reported on 12/18-19, flying in around dusk.

SNOW BUNTINGS continue to be seen at the Cape May Point State Park. 25 were seen on 12/21.

8 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS continue to bee seen in the South Cape May Meadows as of 12/21.

ON 12/20 two KING EIDER were seen near the Cold Spring Jetty with about 35 COMMON EIDER. As well, two more birds were seen near the 8th street jetties at the Avalon Seawatch on the same day.

Also at the Cold Spring Jetty area on 12/20, were two BROWN PELICANS.

On 12/19 three SHORT-EARED OWLS continue to seen from the end of Jake's Landing Road.

A SEDGE WREN was seen from Goshen Landing Road on 12/25.

A few warbler species seem to be lingering in Cape May this week; on 12/18-12/19 a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen along with the continuing NASHVILLE WARBLER at the Cape May Point State Park.

Three ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen at various locations on 12/17 during the Cape May CBC.

A very late BLACKPOLL WARBLER was found in the second tower field at Higbee's Beach, also on 12/17 during the Cape May CBC.

A VESPER SPARROW continues near Stevens Street in the Beanery on 12/17.

Lastly, 7 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen from the Stone Harbor Point area on 12/17, during the Cape May CBC.


There will be no update to the Cape May Birding Hotline for the week between Christmas and New Year's.

CMBO's bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point, winter hours are Thursday-Monday 9:00-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 is Goshen, starting 1/1 will be CLOSED until further notice. BOTH Centers will be closed the week between Christmas and New Year's.

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 $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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