Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/19/2007

You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Friday January 19, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of BAND-TAILED PIGEON, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, VESPER SPARROW, SHORT-EARED OWL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, REDHEAD, SEDGE WREN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, SNOW BUNTING and REDHEADED WOODPECKER. As of yesterday, 1/18, the BAND-TAILED PIGEON was still present at the feeders on Stevens Street in West Cape May. Viewing accesses is limited to the street or from the drive way of 152 Steven's St. Please be respectful of other resident's property and yards. The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues, as of 1/17, to be seen in the community park on Madison Ave. in Cape May. A VESPER SPARROW has been frequently seen in the hedgerow west of Rea's Farm Market on Steven's Street in West Cape May. SHORT-EARED OWLS continue to be seen with regularity along the Delaware Bay shore. On 1/15 three were seen from the end of Jake's Landing Road.

On 1/14 two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen "heading inland" around dusk from Husted Landing.

The drake REDHEAD continues on Lake Lilly in Cape May Point as of 1/17.

A SEDGE WREN continues to be seen from Jake's Landing road, the last report of this bird was on 1/14.

Also on 1/14, an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL flew by the jetty at Reed's Beach.

On 1/15 both COMMON EIDER and HARLEQUIN DUCK were seen from Two Mile Beach.

The somewhat regular flock of SNOW BUNTINGS continues to be seen from the Cape May Point State Park, as of 1/11.

Lastly, a REDHEADED WOODPECKER was seen in a private yard near Bucks Ave. in Goshen on 1/16.

CMBO's bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point, winter hours are Thursday-Monday 9:00-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 is Goshen, will be CLOSED until further notice.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's 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 you'll 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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