Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/26/2007
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 26, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of SNOW BUNTING, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, WESTERN TANAGER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL, GREAT CORMORANT, GREAT EGRET, COMMON EIDER, REDHEAD, PURPLE SANDPIPER, IPSWICH SPARROW, EASTERN PHOEBE and INDIGO BUNTING.

Continuing this week, on 1/22, the flock of SNOW BUNTINGS frequenting the dunes that the Cape May Point State Park was relocated.

The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues at the community park on Madison Ave. in Cape May, as of yesterday 1/25.

A WESTERN TANAGER discovered on 1/23, continues to be seen on 1/25 near the Mullica River Bridge on the Garden State Parkway in Atlantic County. Take exit 48 on the Garden State Parkway which is Rt. 9. Turn left at the Chestnut Neck Boatyard on to Old New York Road and go in toward the GSP for 0.6 miles, at which point the pavement ends and the road turns north. Park here at the pullout and continue walking up the rutted gravel road to the north, checking the grassy cedar covered hillside on your left (the marsh is on your right) to as far as the bridge. Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 3 GOLDEN EAGLES were seen from Leed's Point in Atlantic County on 1/23. SHORT-EARED OWLS continue to put on a show at Jake's Landing. On 1/25 4-6 bird were seen hunting the marsh. Thirteen GREAT CORMORANTS were seen from the Cold Spring Jetty on 1/24. GREAT EGRETS have been rather plentiful this winter. On 1/24 two birds were on Lake Lilly and one at Nummy's Island. Also yesterday, 1/25, one lone bird was spotted heading in a southerly direction at sunset from Cape May. On 1/24 seven COMMON EIDER were seen on the Two Mile Beach side of the Cold Spring Inlet.

Also at the Cold Spring Jetty on 1/24, were 10 PURPLE SANDPIPER.

The drake REDHEAD continues as of 1/24 on Lake Lilly in Cape May Point.

One IPSWICH SPARROW was found on the railing of the first walk at Two Mile Beach, on 1/25.

At the Villa's WMA, two EASTERN PHOEBES were found on 1/24.

Lastly, on 1/21, an INDIGO BUNTING was observed at a private feeder in Eldora, Cumberland County.

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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