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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/9/2004
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, December 9th. Highlights from the last week include PACIFIC/ARCTIC LOON, KING EIDER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, RAZORBILL, CAVE SWALLOW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, GREAT CORMORANT, SNOWY OWL, and news of the migration.

A PACIFIC/ARCTIC LOON was seen flying by the Avalon Sea Watch on Dec. 6th. Three BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES and two RAZORBILLS were here the same day. RAZORBILLS have been seen more days than not from the Sea Watch this month.

An immature male KING EIDER was seen on Dec. 9th at the Cold Spring Inlet, accessed from the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. Roughly 2000 shorebirds were on the beach here, including 4 RED KNOTS and 5 WESTERN SANDPIPERS.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN flew above birders at Heislerville, Cumberland County, on Dec. 8th, and another was reported from Hereford Inlet on Dec. 5th.

CAVE SWALLOW sightings are finally declining, yet one was at The Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (The Meadows) on Dec. 5th, one at the State Park on the 3rd and the 4th, two near the Cape May City waterfront on Dec. 3rd, and one at the Avalon Sea Watch on the 3rd.

One, possibly two ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS were seen in Cape May through at least Dec. 4th. Sightings come from two different areas, leading to questions about the number of individuals present. Some sightings have been from the Rea Farm and Stevens St., others from Cape May Point State Park and Sea Grove Ave.

Three HARLEQUIN DUCKS and 4 GREAT CORMORANTS were amidst the pilings off Poverty Beach on Dec. 5th.

A SNOWY OWL has continued at the north end of Brigantine Island; by Dec. 7th a second bird had arrived.

Other sightings from around Cape May this week include numerous FOX SPARROWS; BALTIMORE ORIOLES, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES at several locations; a DICKCISSEL at Hidden Valley on Dec. 4th; 3 PINE WARBLERS near Rio Grande on Dec. 3rd; A NORTHERN GOSHAWK along Stevens St. on Dec. 3rd and another at Cape May Point State Park on the 5th; a BARN SWALLOW and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at the State Park on Dec. 8th; and 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS at Higbee on the 6th.

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 CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and Rancocas Nature Center are accepting donations for Tri State Bird Rescue to help their rehabilitation efforts of oiled birds in response to the worst oil spill to hit the Delaware River since 1995. Species affected include waterfowl, herons, and gulls. Many more birds in need of rehabilitation are anticipated in the days and weeks ahead. You can help in the care of these birds by donating the following items: paper towels, cotton swabs (Q-tips), flat bed sheets, bath towels, Ensure (plain vanilla only) and Pedialyte (plain only). Donated items can be dropped off at either center during regular hours. See our website for more details: http://www.njaudubon.o

 
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