Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/26/2002

You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, December 26, 2002. Highlights from the last week include ROSS'S GOOSE, ICELAND GULL, BROWN PELICAN, and some news from the Belleplain CBC.

Hope you all had a great holiday and are looking forward to the New Year.

Not surprisingly, bird reports were little thin during the holiday week. First some negative news: we have no reports of the WESTERN KINGBIRD, the WESTERN TANAGER, or the PAINTED BUNTING. the RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD has not been reported since the 23rd.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen in flight at Heislerville during the Belleplain CBC on 22 Dec.

An ICELAND GULL was still present along Ocean Drive on 22 Dec.

A late BROWN PELICAN was at Avalon on both 21 and 22 Dec. Three LAUGHING GULLS were there on the 21st and one on the 22nd.

Other Belleplain CBC highlights (22 Dec) included an OSPREY near Formosa Pond, three SHORT-EARED OWLS and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Jake's Landing, and GREAT EGRET and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER from Bivalve.

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!.

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