Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/10/2000
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 February 10 includes VARIED THRUSH, NORTHERN SHRIKE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, COMMON EIDER, other bird news, and news of CMBO.

A quick note: Forsythe NWR (Brig) will we closed on Tuesdays for goose hunting through February 15.

A VARIED THRUSH continue at a feeder near the town of Buena, in Buena Vista Township , Atlantic County. The most recent report we have is from February 6.The home owner has been gracious enough to allow people to view the feeder from the end of the driveway, at 4040 Oak Road off Route 557 just south of Buena. A Patton map of Atlantic County shoes the road clearly.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found at the Bayshore Road extension of Hidden Valley Ranch on February 5, and was relocated on February 8.

A HARLEQUIN DUCK and two Common Eiders continue to be seen at 7th Street and the beach in Avalon. There are 23 HARLEQUIN DUCKS at Barnegat Inlet, Ocean County.

Other highlights this week included: WHITE-CROWNED and CHIPPING SPARROW on Cape May Point on February 5, three AMERICAN TREE SPARROW at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on February 6, and LONG-EARED OWL in the SCMM on February 6 and 8.

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. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Goshen Center also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers.

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!

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