Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/7/2000
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending December 7 include ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, SNOWY OWL, PAINTED BUNTING, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

The Selasphourus hummingbird that that had been at a feeder near Hidden Valley Ranch was captured, identified as an ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, and released. It continues at the site and was seen on December 7. The feeder is in the back yard of the residence immediately south of the entrance to the ranch along Bayshore Road (NOT the WMA entrance, but the entrance to the ranch itself).

A SNOWY OWL was on the beach at 64th St, in Avalon on December 5. We have no later reports.

The PAINTED BUNTING at Higbee Beach was seen on December 1, but has not been reported since. It was seen at a variety of places in the first and second fields behind the parking lot.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was at the Avalon Seawatch on December 5.

Other highlights this week included: CAPE MAY WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE at Higbee Beach on the 2nd, Baltimore Oriole at the Beanery on the 3rd, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER continuing on Coral Ave., Cape May Point on the 4th, BOBOLINK at Higbee Beach on the 4th, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT at the State Park on the 4th, NASHVILLE WARBLER at Cape May National on the 5th, COMMON EIDER on Cape May Point at the Stites Ave, jetty on the 6th, SHORT-EARED OWL circling over the bay near off Cape May Point on the 6th, and VESPER SPARROW at the Beanery on the 6th.

A note about upcoming Christmas counts - here are the dates, compilers, and their phone numbers: Cape May, Sunday Dec.17, Louise Zemaitis (898-9578); Belleplain, Thursday Dec. 28, Paul Kosten (861-5827); and Cumberland County, Sunday Dec. 31, Clay Sutton (465-3397).

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

The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to perpetuate and preserve the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING! *Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 142 Moore St., Princeton 08540.

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