Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/4/2003
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 4, 2003. Highlights from the last week include ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, MARBLED GODWIT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, ROSS' GOOSE, "BLACK" BRANT, COMMON EIDER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and news of lingering birds.

The young male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD has moved. It is now being seen visiting a feeder in front of 1321-B Ohio Ave. in Cape May. The feeder can be easily seen from the sidewalk in front of the house. Our most recent report is from Dec. 3rd.

The LONG-BILLED CURLEW continues to be seen in several locations. Check the west end of Nummy Island (near the toll bridge) at low tide. The bird has also been seen in the marsh behind North Wildwood, off the west ends of 17th and 19th Streets. Nine MARBLED GODWITS continue here as well.

Four AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS flew over The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge at dusk on Dec. 3rd.

A ROSS'S GOOSE continued through at least Nov. 27th, with a Canada Goose flock at Bayside Prison along old Route 47. No stopping is permitted along the highway here by the prison, so you must continue to drive (perhaps very slowly) while birding here.

A "BLACK" BRANT (the western subspecies of BRANT) was found on Dec. 1st at the Taylor Ave. jetty in Strathmere.

As many as 3 COMMON EIDERS continued by the St. Mary's jetty in Cape May through at least Nov. 28th.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW has been seen at the third field at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area through at least Nov. 29th. An AMERICAN REDSTART and a VIRGINIA RAIL were seen at Cape May Point State Park on Dec. 4th. This unlikely pairing: BROWN PELICAN and SNOW BUNTING, were both noted from the hawkwatch in Cape May Point State Park on Nov. 30th. A very late SUMMER TANAGER was found near Mauricetown, in Cumberland County, from Nov. 27th through Dec. 4th. SHORT-EARED OWLS have been seen hunting at dusk from the end of Jakes Landing Road. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT continues at Cape May Point State Park.

Please note that the "free bridge" connecting Nummy Island to south Stone Harbor is now closed until further notice at least until spring 2004 for construction. Nummy can still be accessed from North Wildwood Blvd. drive past the "road closed local traffic only" sign and over the bridge).

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!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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