Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/9/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Saturday December 9, 2006. Highlights this week include sightings of COMMON EIDER, SHORT EARED OWL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, CASPIAN TERN, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, CAVE SWALLOW, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, SNOW BUNTING and EARED GREBE.

As of yesterday, 12/8, one EARED GREBE continues this week at Lakes Bay near Atlantic City. From the intersection of Rte 9 and Rte 40/322, go east on Rtes 40/322 about a mile to Cordova Ave and turn right. Drive a short distance on Cordova to the bay: look for the birds here (DeLorme P. 71, G-16).

Four COMMON EIDER continue to be seen this week. The birds were seen on 12/5 at Poverty Beach hanging out near the Coast Guard Pilings.

Two SHORT EARED OWLS were seen at Jakes Landing on 12/3.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES continue in various locations around Cape May this week. One bird is coming to a feeder on Foster Ave. while 3-4 continue at a feeder on Sea Grove Ave. as of 12/8. Also on 12/2 one bird was seen at Higbees Beach.

On 12/3 a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was continuing to be seen from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal.

A very late CASPIAN TERN was seen from the Corbin City Impoundment on 12/6.

Five LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen in the Meadows on 12/7.

On 12/2 reputations were spared by the fact that 10 CAVE SWALLOWS were seen from various locations in Cape May. There has been no further sighting of these birds since 12/2.

As of 12/3 an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER continues to bee seen from Sea Grove Ave.

Also on 12/3 a report came in of a NASHVILLE WARBLER seen from the entrance gate area at the Beanery.

A VESPER SPARROW was seen at the Two Mile Beach Unit on 12/3.

Lastly, 25 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on 12/3 from the St. Peters jetty area in Cape May Point.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is returning to a previous schedule. Northwood hours are now Thursday- Monday 9:00- 4:30. 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.

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 weekly. 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 invite you 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).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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