Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/10/2007

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 Saturday February 10, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of COMMON GOLDENEYE, CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, BLUE- WINGED TEAL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SHORT-EARED OWL, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, SNOW BUNTING and PALM WARBLER.

On 2/3 two COMMON GOLDENEYE were seen on Lake Champlain in the Villa's.

While there is very little open fresh water in Cape May at this time, the small opening on Lake Lily hold a number of expected species of ducks as well as; two drake REDHEAD as of this morning, 2/10.

A female CANVASBACK was seen at the small opening of water on Lake Lily yesterday, 2/9.

As of 2/4, a drake BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen on Lighthouse Pond at the Cape May Point State Park.

Also at the State Park; on 2/7 a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was found with a mixed flock at the northeast end of Lighthouse Pond.

On 2/8 the flock of 30+ SNOW BUNTINGS continues along the trail between the dune and Bunker Pond.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen from the end of Leeds Point Road on 2/7.

SHORT-EARED OWLS continue to give excellent views at the end of Jake's Landing Road as of 2/3.

Lastly, three PALM WARBLERS were seen at the Villa's WMA on 2/3.

ANNOUNCEMENT: See Life Paulagics will be running a winter pelagic out of Cape May on Sunday, March 18. For more details, see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com or call them @ 215-234-6805

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 re- opening on Thursday March 1. The days of operation for the Center for Research and Education will be Tuesday- Saturday, 9:00- 4:30. At least one CMBO store will be open to serve members everyday of the week.

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 your choice of a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!
Jason Guerard
Sales Manager
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
Northwood Center
701 East Lake Drive, P.O. Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ USA 08212-0003

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