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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/6/2001
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This recording was made on Thursday, December 6, 2001. Highlights from the last week include SNOWY OWL, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and NORTHERN GOSHAWK.

As many as three individual SNOWY OWLS continue to be seen by visitors to the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, better known as Brigantine. Our most recent report is from Dec. 4. The owls are frequenting the east pond. Also reported from Brigantine on Dec. 4 were one EURASIAN WIGEON in the west pond, 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS on the north dike, and 5 SNOW BUNTINGS, also on the north dike. Eleven SNOW BUNTINGS were counted by observers on Dec. 3. Our most recent report of the Brigantine ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER is from Nov. 29.

A female COMMON EIDER was seen Dec. 6 by the Concrete Ship at Sunset Beach, Cape May Point. A COMMON EIDER was seen from the Avalon Seawatch on Dec. 2.

Two KING EIDERS were seen from the Avalon Seawatch on Dec. 1.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen along the yellow trail at Cape May Point State Park on Dec. 6.

NORTHERN GOSHAWKS continue to be seen around Cape May, with one sighted at Cape May Point State Park on Dec. 4, and 2 seen in West Cape May on Dec. 2.

We continue to receive many reports of southbound birds lingering around Cape May. Sightings from the last week include 2 BROWN PELICANS off Cape May on Dec. 5, a TRICOLORED HERON at Bunker Pond, Cape May Point State Park on Dec. 3, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER at the Rea Farm on Dec. 1 and 3, a BALTIMORE ORIOLE in West Cape May on Dec. 2, 4 BALTIMORE ORIOLES along Sea Grove Ave., near Cape May Point, on Dec. 1, and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, also along Sea Grove Ave. on Dec. 1. Three LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were found at the South Cape May Meadows on Dec. 1, and at least one was still present on Dec. 5.

Three southern NJ Christmas Bird Counts are approaching, and there's always room for more birders: (1) Cape May CBC will be held Sunday, December 16 (contact Louise Zemaitis at 609-898-9578 to participate ), (2) Belleplain CBC will be held Sunday, December 23 (contact Paul Kosten at 609-861-5827 to participate), (3) Cumberland County CBC will be held Sunday, December 30 (contact Clay Sutton at 609-465-3397 to participate).

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks that require no pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call 609-861-0700, go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org, or call our new natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466.

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research 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 Cape May and surrounding areas. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to mark@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558

 
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