This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared
on Thursday, January 29, 2009. Highlights this week include sightings
of EARED GREBE, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, EURASIAN WIGEON, SANDHILL CRANE,
SNOWY OWL, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, ICELAND GULL,
REDHEAD, TRI-COLORED HERON, KING EIDER, and results of CMBO's Winter
Marsh Raptor Survey.
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The EARED GREBE was seen from the Municipal Lot at 80th Street and
Ocean Ave. in Stone Harbor on Thursday January 22, 2009.
At least one of the RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS is still being seen at the
feeders located at 711 New England Road, Cape May Point, last reported
Sunday, January 25.
The female EURASIAN WIGEON was still being seen on the main pond at
Villas WMA as of Saturday January 24, 2009. The male REDHEAD is also
continuing on the pond. 2 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at the WMA on
Saturday January 24, 2009.
The flock of SANDHILL CRANES is still being seen on Husted Landing
Road near Bridgeton in northern Cumberland County, last reported
Sunday January 25. There does appear to be a COMMON CRANE mixed in
with the flock.
One of the Stone Harbor SNOWY OWLS was photographed in the
southernmost dunes of Stone Harbor Point on Friday, January 23.
Numerous sightings of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS have been reported
throughout the area of late including 2 birds at the CMBO/CRE on
Monday January 26, 2009; 10 birds over St. Peters in Cape May Point on
January 25, 2009, and some over Cape Island Preserve on Saturday
January 24 2009.
An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Ocean Drive Fisheries Plant heading
toward Wildwood Crest on Saturday January 24, 2009.
A KING EIDER was seen at the 8th Street Jetty in Avalon on Thursday
January 22, 2009.
2 TRI-COLORED HERONS were found on Nummy's Island on January 25, 2009.
CMBO conducted a winter marsh raptor survey on Sunday. Eleven
locations in NJ's southern four counties were surveyed according to a
standardized protocol in the hour surrounding sunset. The primary
species of interest for this survey are Northern Harrier and Short-
eared Owl, and 92 harriers and 18 short-ears were tallied, as well as
3 Rough-legged Hawks (Jake's Landing and Mott's Creek), 15 Red-tailed
Hawks, 17 Great-horned Owls, 18 Bald Eagles, and 1 Golden Eagle (at
Turkey Point). Short-eared Owls were at many locations including
Jake's Landing (4), Stipson Island Road (2), Tuckahoe (2), Thompson's
Beach (1), Bivalve (1), Newport Landing (3), Ragged Island (2), and
Mott's Creek (2). Thanks go out to the many volunteers observers who
participated in the survey.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: CMBO is offering a special to new and upgraded
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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
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cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $39 per year;
$49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or
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Good Luck and Good Birding!