Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/10/2005
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, February 10th. Highlights from the last week include THICK-BILLED MURRE, PAINTED BUNTING, RED-NECKED GREBE, EURASIAN WIGEON, KING EIDER, GREAT CORMORANT, BONAPARTE'S GULL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, and news of wintering birds.

We have received a report but no details of a THICK-BILLED MURRE on the beach near Alexander Ave. in Cape May Point on Feb. 8th. Several THICK-BILLED MURRES are being seen along the northern New Jersey coast; check the statewide hotline for details.

An adult male PAINTED BUNTING has continued through at least Feb. 5th; we have received no reports, positive or negative, since the 5th. It visits feeders at 693 and 688 Weeks Landing Rd., just west of Rt. 626 in Erma. The feeders at both houses may be seen from the street; please do not enter private property, bird only from the street. As the road is very narrow here, please park by the Vietnam Veterans of America building or near Cape May Electric, both close to Rt. 626, and walk the very short distance down the road to the houses. Patience is often necessary, as the bird can be absent for hours at a time.

RED-NECKED GREBES were reported Feb. 8th from Tuckahoe and from Sunset Lake.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was report from the Coast Guard ponds on Feb. 5th.

A young male KING EIDER was seen off Cape May Point on Feb.8th and 10th, presumably the same bird that has been found sporadically for several weeks at various locations around Cape May. A GREAT CORMORANT, a FORSTER'S TERN, and more than 25 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen from Sunset Beach on Feb. 10th. A COMMON GOLDENEYE and at least 60 RED-THROATED LOONS were counted off the Point on the 8th, a COMMON GOLDENEYE was in the Cape May harbor on Feb. 4th, and the numbers of SCOTERS are increasing dramatically offshore all around Cape May.

From Cumberland County comes news of two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at Turkey Point on Feb. 5th, one at Newport Landing the same day, and a GOLDEN EAGLE from Maple Ave., near Turkey Point, also on the 5th.

Three CANVASBACKS and a REDHEAD were in the pond in the median of the Garden State Parkway at mile 3.5 on Feb. 9th.

An EASTERN PHOEBE has continued at the Beanery through at least Feb. 5th and a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK continues to visit feeders in Goshen.

ANNOUNCEMENT: See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip on Sunday, March 6 out of Cape May for winter seabirds. The cost is $100. Call 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's web site at http://www.njaudubon.org

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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