Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/26/2001
This is the voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday December 26 with reports of review list species BELL'S VIREO and RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, plus NORTHERN SHRIKE, SNOWY OWL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, COMMON REDPOLL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and Christmas Count results. Compilers, please fax or call in your results.

The BELL'S VIREO found December 16 on the Cape May Christmas Count at 23 Taylor Lane was seen again at least through Wednesday December 19. Call the Cape May Birding Hotline at 1 (609) 898-BIRD for directions and updates on the BELL'S VIREO and the other Cape May rarities reported last week, which included RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, LARK SPARROW, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, among others.

The most recent report of the female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in Barnegat Light at 29 W. 9th Street was Tuesday December 18. The bird's visits have been infrequent.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE found Sunday December 16 on the Sussex Christmas Count was seen again through Tuesday December 25. From the town of Monroe on Route 94, take Old Prospect School Rd. and turn left on Davis Rd. The bird has been seen on Davis Road at the first cleared area on the left. This is almost right on the Sparta Twp./Hardyston line. There have been no further reports on the Spruce Run NORTHERN SHRIKE.

1 TO 2 SNOWY OWLS continue at Forsythe a.k.a. Brigantine NWR through December 25.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at Dekorte State Park in Lyndhurst over the landfill on December 23.

A flock of 150 PINE SISKINS on Route 515 north of Route 23 in Sussex County December 19 contained 2 COMMON REDPOLLS. Two COMMON RAVENS were on 515 near the New York state line the same day.

Searchers for the previously reported Hunterdon County Orange-crowned Warbler at Stanton Station Road in Clinton did not relocate it, but found an immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the same location.

The Princeton CBC species total was about 91, with highlights including LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Mercer County Park, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, and immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association near Pennington.

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