Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/28/2004
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Tuesday, December 28th. Highlights from the last week include HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED KNOT, EARED GREBE, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, VIRGINIA RAIL, PINE WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and RAZORBILL.

The preliminary tally from the Belleplain Christmas Bird Count, which was held on Dec. 26th, stands at 117. Otherwise we have received just a few reports as many local birders are traveling for the holidays.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK and a RED KNOT were found at East Point, Cumberland County, on Dec. 26th.

Two EARED GREBES have continued through at least Dec. 24th at Lakes Bay near Atlantic City, in Atlantic County. From Rt. 40/322, take Cordoba south to its end at the bay.

A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK has visited feeders at two different houses in Goshen during the last week, with sightings reported from Dec. 24th through 27th.

A VIRGINIA RAIL was found at Jakes Landing on Dec. 26th, and another was at the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The Meadows") on Dec. 27th.

A PINE WARBLER was found in Belleplain State Forest on Dec. 26th, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT on Berrytown Rd., Cumberland Co., the same day, and a SEASIDE SPARROW at Jakes Landing also on the 26th.

At least one COMMON MERGANSER continues to linger around Cape May, being seen in Bunker Pond on Dec. 23rd and again on the 27th, when a TUNDRA SWAN was also present. A CHIPPING SPARROW was in a West Cape May yard on Dec. 28th.

Christmas Day finds at Reeds Beach included a NORTHERN GOSHAWK and 3 PEREGRINE FALCONS, with a WESTERN SANDPIPER at nearby Kimbles Beach. There were also 5 TREE SWALLOWS at The Meadows on the 25th and a RAZORBILL flew past Sunset Beach on the same day.

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


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).

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