Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/10/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Friday February 10. The roster this week includes sightings of DICKCISSEL, SNOW BUNTING, FORSTERS TERN, RED-NECKED GREBE, COMMON EIDER, and KING EIDER.

The DICKCISSEL that was found on 1/24 at the north end of E. Lake Drive was re-found on 2/5 behind CMBOs Northwood Center. This bright male is easily distinguished from the House Sparrows with which it keeps company. The DICKCISSEL was being seen only when there were numerous House Sparrows in the vicinity. Look for the large tangle of vines near the back feeder and wait, the DICKCISSEL seems to be using the House Sparrows as an indicator of how safe it is to venture out. Once there a lot of sparrows he will pop up and occasionally forage under the feeder. If you do not find him at the Northwood Center it is advised to check back up at the end of E. Lake Drive where the bird was originally found. The last sighting of the DICKCISSEL was on 2/7.

On 2/5 four COMMON EIDER and one hen KING EIDER were reported at the 8th St. jetty in Avalon. The KING EIDER was not seen later that day and there have been no further reports of this bird.

Also on 2/5, there were two FORSTER'S TERNS and a SNOW BUNTING seen in the vicinity of the 2nd Ave. jetty in Cape May.

There have been a number of PURPLE FINCHES seen and heard in Cape May this week. At least three female type and one adult male are being seen at the Northwood feeders.

Today, 2/10, the RED-NECKED GREBE was relocated. The bird is in the same area as before, 80th St., on the bay side of Avalon/Stone Harbor.

There have been no further reports of the SNOWY OWL since 2/2.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May Point, as promised, has returned to a standard routine of being open Thursday-Monday 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. Both centers will be closed on Monday Feb 27th and Tuesday Feb 28th for inventory. The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys 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 youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).


See Life Paulagics is running an "inshore pelagic" Feb 12 from Belmar in search of alcids, gulls, and other seabirds along the north jersey coast. Another pelagic is scheduled for March 5 from Cape May in search of Fulmar, alcids, and gulls. For more information on both trips contact See Life Paulagics at http://www.paulagics.com or 215-234-6805.

Good luck and Good Birding!

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