Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/9/1999
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 9 include reports of NORTHERN SHRIKE, AMERICAN AVOCET, KING EIDER, GLAUCOUS GULL, and news of CMBO.

An adult NORTHERN SHRIKE continued to be seen at Hidden Valley Ranch through at least December 5.

An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen on the 7th at the impoundment at Bivalve in Cumberland County.

A first year male KING EIDER was off Poverty Beach at the east end of Cape May on the 6th.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was a fly-by at the Avalon Sea Watch on the 5th. Also seen that day were POMARINE JAEGER, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, two and COMMON EIDERS. A COMMON EIDER continues to be seen near the jetty in front of the Sea Watch.

Other highlights this week included: a BALTIMORE ORIOLE, four PURPLE FINCHES, and two RED CROSSBILLS at Cape May Point State Park (CMPt SP) on December 3, BARRED OWL at the Higbees Beach parking lot on the 5th, WESTERN KINGBIRD at Higbees Beach on the 5th, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 5th, two BALD EAGLES over CMPt SP on the 7th, AMERICAN BITTERN at the South Cape May Meadows on the 9th, 60 RED KNOTS behind Two Mile Landing on the 9th, an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL near the fish docks along Ocean Drive on the 9th, and at Stone Harbor Point on the 9th, six MARBLED GODWITS, 15 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and 300 WESTERN SANDPIPERS.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, 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. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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