Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/8/2005
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, December 8. This weeks roster includes sightings of SANDHILL CRANE, PURPLE FINCH, GOLDEN EAGLE, SNOW BUNTING, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, WESTERN TANAGER, FOX SPARROW, PIED BILLED GREBE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, NORTHERN BOBWHITE and PINE SISKIN. Extra-limital reports include HARLEQUIN DUCK, RAZORBILL, SNOW BUNTING and BLACK GUILLEMOT

It should be noted that the Avalon Seawatch, located at either 7th Street (if the construction crew is quiet that day) or on the beach or the jetty at 8th Street (if construction at 7th Street is disruptive that day) at the north end of Avalon, will continue through December 22.

The SANDHILL CRANE continues to be seen the Cape May area this week. Most commonly reports are of the bird being seen from Batts Lane on Cape Island and a few flyover sightings. Also in Cape May this week were an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK, flyover PURPLE FINCH, PINE SISKIN (flyover in West Cape May), 3 PIED-BILLED GREBE at the Meadows, 3 FOX SPARROW at the Northwoods Center and 6 PURPLE SANDPIPERS seen on a jetty at Higbees Beach. An encouraging 8-10 NORTHERN BOBWHITE were spotted on 12/3 at the Beanery (Reas Farm) parking lot. This species has all but disappeared from Cape Island all together.

Moving north, 17 MARBLED GODWIT were reported from Nummys Island. Flyover SNOW BUNTINGS were seen from CMBOs Center for Research and Education in Goshen. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported from Jakes Landing. GOLDEN EAGLE and a female type WESTERN TANAGER were seen at Brigantine Nation Wildlife Refuge. The Tanager was seen in some hollies near the Visitors Center.

A bit further north was a report of a BLACK GUILLEMOT seen from Barnegat Light. The Guillemot was first discovered on 12/ 3 and has continued to be seen as of the last report on 12/7. Also seen from Barnegat Light were 26 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, fly by RAZORBILL and 30 SNOW BUNTINGS.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May Point will be open Thursday through Monday, 9-4:30 (CLOSED: Tuesday and Wednesday). The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. Both Centers will be closed the week between Christmas and New Years, from December 24 - January 1.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made on Thursday evenings. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invited to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores). Thanks for calling and Good Birding!

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